COVID-19 Testing

Who Should Get Tested

Anyone with symptoms or anyone who has had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more) with someone with confirmed COVID-19, anyone who recently traveled, anyone who spent time at a gathering or anyone who wants to confirm their current status.  Due to the high volume of tests being processed across the country, it may take longer than expected to receive your results. Labs across the state are working as quickly and carefully as possible. (Updated November 23, 2020)

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If you are COVID-19 positive, visit our Being COVID Positive webpage

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Testing Locations

Interactive Map of Maryland COVID-19 Testing Sites 

For questions regarding testing cost, insurance accepted, test type administered, and expected wait time for test results, please contact the testing site directly.  ***Testing at sites each day occurs while testing kit supply lasts .***  Check with the sites directly to determine if testing is in progress before you go.

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Mobile Testing Sites

Howard County is dedicated to expanding COVID-19 testing to residents in our community who many not have adequate access. First Call Urgent Care and Centennial Medical Group are implementing four mobile testing units in the following locations:

  • Long Reach Village Center (Monday, 3pm-7pm)
  • North Laurel Community Center (Tuesday, 3pm-7pm)
  • Normandy Shopping Center (Wednesday, 3pm-7pm)
  • Recreation and Parks Headquarters (Thursday, 3pm-7pm)
  • The Elkridge 50+ Center (Friday, 3pm-7pm)

Rapid testing and PCR testing will be available to residents at no cost. These new testing sites will help us promote more equitable healthcare and ensuring our most vulnerable populations have access to COVID-19 testing. 

Quality First Urgent Care Drive-thru at Savage

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8521 Corridor Rd, Savage, MD 20763
[email protected]
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
No appointment needed. No provider order needed.
Insurance accepted. No insurance ok. FREE
Drive-thru only

Quality First Urgent Care Drive-thru at Elkridge

Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department
5700 Rowanberry Drive, Elkridge, MD
[email protected]
Monday - Thursday, 8:30am - 4:30pm
No appointment needed. No provider order needed.
Drive-thru only

Quality First Urgent Care
6339 Ten Oaks Rd. 
Clarksville MD, 21029 
Walk-up testing 
Testing hours: 
   M-F 8am-4pm 
   Sat-Sun 8am-2Pm 
 No appointment or doctors orders necessary

Howard County General Hospital
5755 Cedar Ln, Columbia, MD 21044
Drive-thru tent testing – appointment and provider order required
Neighborhood testing events –  dates vary, registration encouraged

OUCH! Urgent Care
6020 Meadowridge Center Drive, Suite F, Elkridge, MD  21075
8:30am - 6:30 pm  Mon-Fri.
Call first or visit before visiting.
Walk-up testing

Righttime Medical Care Urgent Care
6334 Cedar Ln., Columbia, MD  21044
6:00am - 8:00 pm  7 days/wk
Call first or visit RighttimeNOWvirtualvisits before visiting
Walk-up testing

First Call Urgent Care Center/Centennial Medical Group
10981 Johns Hopkins Rd, Laurel , MD 20723 
Hours are 8 am - 9 pm on Monday-Friday for Covid testing.
Insurance company is billed.  If no insurance, public health is billed.  Patient receives NO BILL!
Walk-up testing

Merriweather Post Pavilion - West Gate (Centennial Medical Group)
(Off of Dennis Lane from Merriweather Drive)
Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Howard County Fairgrounds (Centennial Medical Group)
2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship, MD 21794
Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

All Care Urgent Care
9396 Baltimore Nat'l Pk, Ellicott City, MD, 21042
Monday-Friday: 8am - 8pm
Saturday: 8am - 4pm, Sunday: 9am - 4pm

Appointment needed. Visit the website for more information about testing 
Drive-thru only

CVS Pharmacies
Appointment required
Drive-thru only (Must be 18 or older)

Premier Health Express Urgent Care
9710 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 200, Columbia, MD
Monday-Saturday 10am-10pm
Appointment required
Walk-up testing

Family Health Connection
9055 Chevrolet Drive, Suite 205, Ellicott City, MD
Monday-Friday 9am-6pm
Saturday 10am-3pm
Appointment required 410-465-5451 or
Drive-thru only