Maryland starts COVID-19 testing program for underserved

Maryland is launching a free COVID-19 testing program in Hagerstown and Salisbury retail facilities to enhance testing in underserved communities.

The Maryland Department of Health launched the mobile pilot program on Thursday in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The two-week pilot will be conducted as part of the federal government’s Increasing Community Access to Testing Program.

The pilot will run for two weeks in the parking lot outside Walmart Superstores in Hagerstown and Salisbury. The sites will be open April 29-May 2 and May 6-9, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Each location will have the capacity to test more than 300 people per day using BinaxNOW rapid antigen point of care tests and results will be provided onsite.

People who receive a positive rapid test result will also receive a confirmatory PCR test onsite.

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