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Where to look for elusive take-home COVID-19 tests in the Baltimore region

Across the region, take-home COVID-19 tests are in high demand, as Marylanders eager to visit with family for the holidays seek elusive assurances that they’re virus-free.

The tests have sold out at pharmacies in the area, but some local health departments are offering the tests for free at libraries, vaccination clinics and health centers. While plenty of supplies have already been exhausted, here are some places to check:

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Anne Arundel County


Anne Arundel County Police Department.

Kits will be distributed from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 22, and Thursday, Dec. 23.

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  • Northern District Police Station, 939 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park
  • Southern District Police Station 35 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater
  • Eastern District Police Station, 204 Pasadena Road, Pasadena
  • Western District Police Station, 8273 Telegraph Road, Odenton
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Baltimore County

Baltimore County Public Libraries

All Baltimore County public libraries were out of take-home COVID-19 tests as of Tuesday, but distribution is expected to resume in the new year, said county health department spokeswoman Elyn Garrett-Jones.

The most recent shipment of take-home tests became available Saturday at 9 a.m., according to a Facebook post from the library system, but they went quickly. The system first started offering the take-home tests earlier this month.

Follow the Baltimore County Public Library system on Facebook for updates.

Baltimore County Health Centers

Take-home tests are available while supplies last at the county’s health centers. Check during operating hours.

Baltimore Highlands – Lansdowne, 3902 Annapolis Road, Baltimore

Phone: 410-887-1003

Dundalk Health Center, 7700 Dunmanway Baltimore,

Phone: 410-887-7182

Eastern Family Resource Center, 9150 Franklin Square Drive, Baltimore

Phone: 410-887-6452

Essex Health Center, 201 Back River Neck Road Baltimore

Phone: 410-887-0246

Hannah More Health Center, 12035 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown

Phone: 410-887-1152

Liberty Family Resource Center, 3525 Resource Drive, Randallstown

Phone: 410-887-0600

Towson Health Center, 1046 Taylor Avenue, Baltimore

Woodlawn Health Center, 6901 Security Boulevard, Suite 100, Baltimore

Phone: 410-887-1332

Note: The entrance is on the back side of the mall across from the movie theater.

Vaccination Sites

Take-home tests are available while supplies last at the county’s vaccination clinics, held in locations like the White Marsh Mall and the Randallstown Community Center. Visit the county’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Page for a current list of clinics.

Baltimore City

Enoch Pratt Free Libraries

Tuesday was the first day Enoch Pratt libraries in the city began offering take-home tests on a first come first served basis. Most of the 4,800 tests on offer were gone within 30 minutes, said Meghan McCorkell, a library system spokeswoman.

The library system, which receives the tests from the city health department, is hoping to offer a second round of at-home tests in the future.

Baltimore City Health Department COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Sites

A limited supply of take-home tests is also available at certain city-run COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites. This week, the list includes:

The Fransciscan Center, 101 W. 23rd St., Baltimore from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday

Curtis Bay Judy Center, 4301 W Bay Ave., Baltimore, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday

Erdman Shopping Center, 3833 Erdman Ave., Baltimore from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday

Access Art, 2446 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 Thursday

Carroll County

Carroll County Public Libraries

Limited quantities of free test kits are being distributed through the health department at library branches each Wednesday. This week, 75 tests kits containing two tests each were available at each of the six library branches and at library system headquarters in New Windsor.

All were all reserved within minutes.

More test kits will be made available at the branches next week, said the library system’s director of communications Lisa Picker.

Library customers may register weekly, starting at 9 a.m. each Tuesday at https://library.carr.org/testkit to pick up one kit per person.

Harford County

The Harford County Health Department will be giving out rapid test kits with a limit of one per person at its Woodbridge location (1321 Woodbridge Station Way Edgewood, MD 21040) on Dec. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until supplies last.

Howard County

Howard County Health Department

Take-home test kits will be available for pickup during scheduled Health Department testing dates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia MD 21045), while supplies last. The limit is two test kits per person per clinic.

Baltimore Sun Media reporters Meredith Cohn, Madison Bateman and Lilly Price contributed to this article.

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