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Registration required for Aug. 11 coronavirus testing at Ripken Stadium, Harford health officials remind patients

Several openings remain for the free drive-thru COVID-19 testing event on Aug. 11 at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, but advanced registration is required, Harford County health officials said.

Individuals who had previously registered to be tested Aug. 4 at the stadium must also re-register, said Molly Mraz, a spokesperson for the Harford County Health Department. The Aug. 4 testing was canceled because of Tropical Storm Isaias.

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“Their Aug. 4 spot will not carry over to the Aug. 11 [testing],” Mraz said.

There is a slight trick to registering for the Ripken Stadium testing online. After going to https://crispcovid19.powerappsportals.com/new-patient/ to register and choosing “Ripken Stadium (Ages 12+ only)” as their testing site, the next page will say “Today’s appointments No appointments available for this location on this day, please try another day.”

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Patients should select “next available day” in the right hand corner; they will then see dates for Aug. 11 and may choose the start and end times for their test, according to an email from Mraz.

On the next page titled “available slot details,” patients need to review their appointment and click “book,” to finalize it.

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. Patients should remain in their car and wear a mask. Testing will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Patients can register until all the spots are filled, Mraz said. “So if it’s Monday night at 8 p.m. and we still have appointments open, they will be able to register. We will post on our social media and our website when the spots are filled.”

Maryland on Thursday confirmed 579 new cases of the coronavirus and 13 more deaths, bringing the state’s total more than 93,000 cases of the COVID-19 illness caused by the virus. In total, 3,415 people have died due to the disease or complications from it since officials began tracking the virus in March.

The state’s testing positivity rate, closely monitored nationwide as a key metric to understanding the virus’ spread in a given jurisdiction, was reported at 4.03%.

In Harford County, there have been 1,906 confirmed cases of coronavirus and at least 66 deaths from the COVID-19. The county’s seven-day average positivity rate is 3.97%.

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.

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

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