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COVID-19 testing at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen postponed until Aug. 11 due to Tropical Storm Isaias

A drive-thru coronavirus testing event at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed one week, due to Tropical Storm Isaias, state and local officials said.

Testing operations at community-based sites across the state will also be suspended Tuesday due to the storm, which is expected to bring rainfall and flooding to Maryland.

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Anyone who had already scheduled an appointment at the Ripken Stadium testing event should receive a text message notifying them of the cancellation and asking them to reschedule their appointment using the same link that they registered with the first time, said Molly Mraz, a spokesperson for the Harford County Health Department. The link was not yet working as of 11 a.m. Monday, but people will be alerted when it is up and running, she said.

“We are so sorry for the inconvenience this has caused. We know people are anxiously awaiting a test and their results,” Mraz said. “Hopefully, the storm passes quickly without any harm and we can proceed with our testing next week.”

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Testing will be available by appointment at Ripken Stadium Aug. 11 for individuals ages 12 and older. Appointments can be scheduled online at covidtest.maryland.gov. The appointment window for testing will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The state indicated as many as 1,000 Marylanders are expected to be tested at the event.

Those seeking testing are not required to have a doctor’s order or show symptoms, and there is no out-of-pocket cost. However, photo identification is required to get a test at all state sites.

The Ripken Stadium testing event is a collaboration between the Maryland Department of Health, Harford County, University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health, the Aberdeen IronBirds and the Aberdeen Police Department.

Maryland reported 870 new cases of the coronavirus eight more deaths Monday, and a slight decrease in total hospitalizations.

The statewide seven-day average testing positivity rate is at 4.36%, the second-lowest level since the state began tracking the virus in March. The positivity rate has been under 5% since June 25, according to a state release announcing Tuesday’s testing cancellations.

Monday’s additions bring the state’s total to 91,144 cases of the COVID-19 illness caused by the virus. In total, 3,389 people have died due to the disease or complications from it since officials began tracking the virus in March.

In Harford County, there have been 1,853 confirmed cases of coronavirus and at least 65 deaths from the virus, according to state data released Monday morning.

For more information about testing sites in Maryland, go to covidtest.maryland.gov.

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