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COVID-19 Testing

Last updated: January 21, 2022

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1.18.22 – Free government COVID test kits are now available:

The federal government’s test website, COVIDtests.gov, is now live and began accepting orders Tuesday, one day ahead of schedule. The Biden administration is using the website to distribute half a billion promised tests at no cost.
You can get four tests per household. They are expected to be mailed out seven to 12 days after your order.
Private health insurers are being ordered to pay for up to eight tests per person, per month. You don’t need a doctor’s order, but the tests must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Anne Arundel County offers testing at no cost. All Tests are PCR tests unless noted otherwise.

  • Symptoms are not required for testing.
  • A doctor’s note is not needed.
  • It is recommended to get tested immediately when symptoms develop or 5 days after possible exposure.
    Click to go to Results from COVID Tests
  • PCR test results are usually available in three to five days. 
  • COVID-19 Health Information Line: 410-222-7256

Who Should Get Tested 

  • People with symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested immediately when symptoms develop regardless of vaccination status.
  • NEW: Quarantine recommendations for close contacts (within 6 feet for a cumulative 15 minutes or more) with a laboratory confirmed COVID case who: 
    • Are 18 and older and received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters and additional primary shots for the immunocompromised.
    • Are ages 5-17 and completed the primary series of COVID vaccines. 
    • Had confirmed COVID within the last 90 days (positive using a viral test). Recommendations:
      • Do not have to quarantine. 
      • Wear a well-fitting mask around others and monitor symptoms for 10 days from last close contact. Date of exposure is day 0.  
      • Get tested at least 5 days after last close contact unless you tested positive within the last 90 days.   
      • If the close contact develops symptoms within the 10 days, they should get tested and stay home. 
      • If the close contact tests positive, they should isolate immediately. 

    Quarantine recommendations for close contacts (within 6 feet for a cumulative 15 minutes or more) with a laboratory confirmed COVID case who: 

    • Are 18 or older and completed the primary series of recommended vaccine, but not a recommended booster. 
    • Received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (completing the primary series) over 2 months ago and not a recommended booster.
    • Are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary series (1 dose only of 2 dose series).
      Recommendations:

      • Stay home at least 5 days after last close contact. Date of exposure is day 0.
      • Wear a well-fitting mask around others in your home.   
      • Self-monitor for symptoms for the full 10 days.  
      • If close contact develops symptoms within the 10 days, they should get tested and stay home. If positive, they should isolate immediately. 
      • If no symptoms develop, get tested at least 5 days after last close contact.
        • If negative, you can leave home wearing a well-fitting mask around others for 5 additional days (at least 10 days after last close contact).
        • If positive and without symptoms, isolate immediately at least 5 days from the date of positive test, or if symptoms develop, isolate for 5 days from the date symptoms began. 
        • If unable to get tested 5 days after last exposure and no COVID symptoms, you can leave the home after day 5 while wearing a well-fitting mask for 10 days around others.
        • Avoid the immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after 10 days.  
      • Stay away from those you live with and others outside the home for the full 10 days after last close contact. Stay in one room of the home, practice social distancing and use a different bathroom if possible.   
      • If unable to quarantine, wear a mask for 10 days while home and in public. 
      • If unable to wear a mask around others, continue to quarantine for 10 days. Avoid the immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days. 
      • Do not travel during the 5-day quarantine period. Get tested at least 5 days after last close contact. Make sure test results are negative and you remain without symptoms. If you don’t get tested, delay travel until 10 days after last exposure. If you must travel before the 10 days, wear a well-fitting mask around others for the entire 10 days. If unable to wear a mask, you should not travel during the 10 days.
      • Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask, such as restaurants and gyms, and avoid eating around others at home and at work until after 10 days after the last close contact.

 

 

PCR Testing Locations in Anne Arundel County

Days and times are in the section below.

ALERT: Clinic hours may be limited or canceled due to inclement weather.

ALL Department of Health COVID Testing Clinics are by
APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Wait times may vary.

Mondays

Henry L. Hein Public Service Building (park in garage)
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Register here

Tuesdays

Annapolis Exchange – 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Register here

Wednesdays

Henry L. Hein Public Service Building (park in garage)
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Register here

Thursdays

Lula Scott Community Center (Front door) – 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Register here

Fridays

Annapolis Exchange – 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Register here

*Private Providers may have additional charges depending on your insurance.

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