The former Target at Mondawmin Mall in March 2017. Photo by Eli Pousson, via Flickr.

A new COVID-19 rapid test site has opened in the parking lot outside the former Target store at Mondawmin Mall, officials announced today.

CVS Health, through its licensed provider MinuteClinic, is staffing the site, which is run out of a tent in the lot. Patients do not have to pay any money for a test and should receive results on-the-spot.

“Our partnership with CVS Health continues to deliver more tests to more communities across Maryland,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement. “Whether you are part of a vulnerable population, are beginning to return to work, or have recently taken part in a large gathering, testing is becoming even more critical than ever.”

Both Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and U.S. Rep. Kweisi Mfume praised the arrival of the new testing site.

“Further increasing our testing capacity is a main part of our road to continuing to flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases in the city,” Young said.

The site will be open Monday to Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Patients are required to pre-register for an appointment and can call (410) 318-5028 to secure a time. No vehicle is needed to access the site.

The Sun reports the FDA has raised concerns about the Abbott ID NOW system used for the tests, specifically that it may return false negatives.

A New York University study determined the Abbott system gave negative results for between a third and 45 percent of samples that tested positive using a different system, according to The Sun.

Garth Graham, vice president of community health for CVS Health, told the newspaper the Abbott system has been used without incident at nine other community testing sites, and the FDA has allowed for the tests to be used as the agency continues investigating them.

On June 17, the Maryland Department of Health opened a free walk-up COVID-19 testing site at the Baltimore Convention Center, offering tests on Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Baltimore City Health Department is conducting tests at Pimlico Race Course, Druid Hill Park and Clifton Park, and at mobile sites in the Brooklyn, Cherry Hill and Highlandtown neighborhoods.

On its website, the agency also lists medical offices of Mercy, Johns Hopkins, Kaiser Permanente, MedStar and the University of Maryland as places to get tested for COVID-19.

CVS is also offering drive-thru testing at 1,400 of its pharmacies across the country, including 30 locations in Maryland.

As of Friday morning, Maryland had 66,115 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which 7,299 were in Baltimore City. At least 3,015 Marylanders have died from the disease.

This story has been updated.

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