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Baltimore County’s first drive-thru coronavirus testing clinic will open Thursday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, the county announced.
The clinic will test people who have a medical order from a health care provider, the county said in a news release. Once authorization is obtained, people must schedule an appointment using the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients, known as CRISP, which is the State-Designated Health Information Exchange.
People who arrive at the site without an order from a health care provider or without an appointment will not be tested, the county said. Testing is planned for Tuesdays and Thursdays while test kits are available.
The fairgrounds can accommodate multiple lanes of vehicles at once, according to the county, and patients will not have to leave their vehicles during the testing process. Tested individuals will receive post-test instructions at the clinic and test results will be available within five to seven days.
Providing a testing clinic at the state fairgrounds will allow for both “efficiency and safety” as the county responds to the pandemic, Baltimore County Health Officer Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch said in a statement.
County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. called testing “a critical component” in their efforts “to help reduce the spread of the virus and save lives.”
“Increasing testing capacity in Baltimore County is part of our comprehensive effort to keep our residents safe and healthy during this crisis," Olszewski said in a statement.
Baltimore County’s announcement comes a day after Maryland saw its deadliest day of the pandemic so far. Maryland’s confirmed number of coronavirus cases exceeds 10,000 and the death toll is more than 400.