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How do I get a COVID-19 test?

Testing for COVID-19 is not appropriate for everyone.  Generally, only patients who exhibit symptoms, have had contact with someone with COVID-19, or are at high risk (older, underlying conditions) require a test.  As more tests are available, there may be testing for everyone who wants a test, but currently that is not the situation in Montgomery County and in many parts of the United States.

Info for Residents Looking for a Test:

Step One:  Right now, there is not enough available testing to offer testing to everyone and residents cannot order a test for themselves.  

First, you will need to call your health care provider. If you are insured but don’t have a primary care doctor, you can go to urgent care (but note they will charge your insurance). If you do not have health insurance, you can enroll in coverage during a special enrollment period through the Maryland Health Connection.  For more information about applying for Medicaid or a qualified health plan through the Maryland Health Connection, visit the County's Department of Health and Human Services website.  If you are not eligible for Medicaid or a plan through the Maryland Health Connection,  you may be eligible for the Montgomery Cares program.  Montgomery Cares is:
  • Community-based health care providers that provide primary medical care services to uninsured adults in Montgomery County. 
  • Ten different clinics provide services in more than 25 locations in Montgomery County. 
  • If you are not eligible for Medicaid, Medicare or a qualified health plan through the Maryland Health Connection, you may be eligible for Montgomery Cares.
  • Visit the Montgomery Cares  website for information on clinics and locations.
  • There are no walk ins; call ahead.
  • Clinic hours may be subject to change as the situation evolves and clinics are increasingly utilizing telemedicine.
Step Two:  If your health care provider thinks you need a test, they will order one for you and help you schedule an appointment at a site convenient for you.   The sites include testing on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) site in White Oak (2121 Industrial Parkway).  We run that site in partnership with the Maryland Department of Health.   Montgomery County Health and Human Services is also providing testing by appointment only at the Wheaton Community Recreation Center (11701 Georgia Avenue) on Wednesdays and in the parking garage behind the Regal Theaters in Germantown (20010 Century Boulevard) on Mondays.  

A testing helpline is available for residents who believe they need testing but do not have a primary care provider.  Residents can call 240-777-1755 (8 a.m. - 8 p.m. seven days a week) and they will be evaluated to see if they need testing.  If they do not have  a doctor, they will be contacted within 24 hours by a volunteer medical professional who will evaluate them and set up an appointment for testing, if needed, at one of the three testing sites currently available.   There is no charge for the evaluation.  

Montgomery County has contrated with Rockville-based AdvaGenix to acquire thousands of COVID-19 tests which are self-administered and use an oral swab (mouth).  Beginning immediately, the County will make the tests available to first responders, staff and residents at longterm care facilities and County Department of Corrections employees.  In early June, there will be enough testing to provide tests to the general public.  More details on those testing locations will be available soon.  See the full press release announcing the AdvaGenix contract.

The State of Maryland is partnering with CVS pharmacies to provide drive-through testing at 17 locations in Maryland.  For more information on the partnership and to find other testing sites throughout Maryland, visit the Maryland Department of Health's website.


If you have general questions about COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on symptoms and testing, call  the COVID-19 call center at 240-777-1755.  The call center is staffed by nurses and is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
 



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