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Baltimore County will open two coronavirus testing sites in Randallstown and Owings Mills next week

Baltimore County is opening two additional coronavirus testing clinics beginning next week, the county announced.

The clinics will test people who have a medical order from a health care provider, the county announced Friday. 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.

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A drive-thru testing site will open at the Owings Mills Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program, at 11510 Cronridge Drive, and a walk-in clinic will open at the Liberty Family Resource Center in Randallstown, where the 21133 ZIP code is seeing the county’s highest concentration of coronavirus cases and where black residents make up 81% of the population.

County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. said in a statement that these two new sites will give the county the capacity to perform "significantly more tests in the areas of the county that have been hardest hit by the virus.”

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Baltimore City also announced the addition of a third coronavirus testing site. The drive-through, appointment-only site opened Friday at Clifton Park, 2801 St. Lo Drive. It run by city and state health officials, the Maryland National Guard, and the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management.

And Howard County announced that it was increased the testing capacity of the site at the Columbia Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program to 146 tests a day, from 100. The site at 6340 Woodside Ct. is open by appointment to people with a medical order from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

People who arrive at test sites without an order from a health care provider or without an appointment will not be tested, health officials said.

Baltimore County is opening the Owings Mills site in partnership with the Maryland Department of Health. The site will accept approximately 75 appointments per day, and be open Wednesdays and Fridays. The county’s first drive-thru site at the state fairgrounds, 2200 York Road in Timonium, also will accept 75 appointments per day and is open Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The county health department’s walk-in clinic at the Liberty Family Resource Center at 3525 Resource Drive will accept approximately 20 appointments per day and will be open Mondays.

“Staging test clinics in communities that report a high number of confirmed cases will help us identify people who need to quarantine to protect against infecting others," County Health Officer Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch said in the statement.

People coming for testing are asked to adhere to safety guidelines, including wearing face coverings, observing social distancing and following post-test instructions received at the sites.

For questions and additional information, call the Baltimore County COVID-19 Hotline seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 410-887-3816.

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