The Maryland Department of Health will open a free walk-up COVID-19 testing site at the Baltimore Convention Center on June 17, Gov. Larry Hogan announced today.
Tests will be available to residents from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, weather permitting.
No doctor’s note is needed to receive a test and patients do not need to pay. Residents will receive results within two to five days by text, email or online.
When Hogan announced the site last week, he encouraged residents who had taken part in the recent protests against police brutality, particularly those who live with someone in a vulnerable population, to get tested for coronavirus.
“As more people are returning to the workplace, and as more people are beginning to interact with larger numbers of people, testing will become more critical than ever,” Hogan said in a statement today.
Hogan also said the state would partner with the Maryland National Guard to open several “high-volume” testing sites across the city, but the addresses and hours of those locations have not yet been announced.
In a statement, Rev. Kobi Little, president of the Baltimore City chapter of the NAACP, praised the state for opening a free testing site in the heart of the city.
“The testing fair at the Baltimore Convention Center this Wednesday will be an important way to come together for free testing in a safe, positive, and accessible environment,” Little said.
Anyone who wants to schedule a test can book an appointment on the state’s coronavirus website under the Testing tab. Appointments are encouraged to reduce wait times and avoid the risks associated with crowds, but walk-in is also available.
Patients are instructed to enter at the intersection of Conway and Sharp streets and are asked to bring identification. The site is wheelchair accessible, and anyone who needs special accommodations can ask for those online.
The Baltimore City Health Department is operating testing sites at Pimlico Race Course, Druid Hill Park and Clifton Park, as well as mobile testing sites in the Brooklyn, Cherry Hill and Highlandtown neighborhoods.
The agency’s website also lists medical offices of Mercy, Johns Hopkins, Kaiser Permanente, MedStar and the University of Maryland as places to get tested for COVID-19.
With the addition of the Baltimore Convention Center, there are now 150 testing sites across the state, Hogan’s office said.
The convention center is also the site of a field hospital with 250 beds for patients who are recovering from the virus. According to The Sun, it has seen “light use.”