Get Tested

Find a COVID-19 testing site available near you. Learn about different types of COVID-19 testing, getting your test results, and about being COVID-19 positive.

Health Department Testing

At-Home Rapid Test Kits

Rapid & PCR Mobile Testing

Request free at-home test kits from the Federal Government

Testing Locations Map

 

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Questions? Contact our COVID-19 Hotline.

If you have a question about COVID-19, please call our COVID-19 Hotline, available Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

Health Department Testing

Azova Saliva PCR COVID-19 Test

The Howard County Health Department provides PCR testing for COVID-19 using the FDA-authorized Azova saliva test kit, which is more comfortable than traditional nasal swab. Self-collection testing is administered on-site or take home test kits are available for testing on your schedule. Test results are available in 2 - 4 days. These tests may be used for routine employment testing, pre-travel testing, or school quarantine/isolation. Check with your work, school, or travel destination for more information about tests acceptable for these uses. Email and Internet access are required to receive test results and access Azova testing portal. Please note: only one test will be provided for each individual with an appointment.

Type of Test: PCR Saliva test

Email: [email protected]

Azova Test Kit Tutorial Videohttps://youtu.be/pVUENbolWx4

What to Expect After Completing COVID-19 Testing: Click here

If you have questions about your test or do not have your results after 4 days, please direct your inquiries to AZOVA Health at: 1-844-692-9682 (1-844-MY-AZOVA)

Testing Locations

Testing Clinic Location Date & Time Registration

Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045 
(Take Home Clinic)

May. 27
5:00p – 6:30p
Click here to register
Clinic in the back of the building
Appointment required
Miller Library 
9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, MD 21042 (Take Home Clinic Only)
May. 31
4:00p – 5:30p
Click here to register 
Appointment required

Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045 
(On-site and Take Home Clinic)

Jun. 1
9:30a – 12:00p
Click here to register
Clinic in the back of the building
Appointment required

Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045 
(Take Home Clinic Only)

Jun. 1
5:00p – 6:30p
Click here to register
Clinic in the back of the building
Appointment required

Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045 
(On-site and Take Home Clinic)

Jun. 3
9:30a – 12:00p
Click here to register
Clinic in the back of the building
Appointment required

Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045 
(Take Home Clinic Only)

Jun. 3
5:00p – 6:30p
Click here to register
Clinic in the back of the building
Appointment required

Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045 
(On-site and Take Home Clinic)

Jun. 6
9:30a – 12:00p
Click here to register
Clinic in the back of the building
Appointment required

Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045 
(On-site and Take Home Clinic)

Jun. 8
9:30a – 12:00p
Click here to register
Clinic in the back of the building
Appointment required

Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045 
(Take Home Clinic Only)

Jun. 8
5:00p – 6:30p
Click here to register
Clinic in the back of the building
Appointment required

Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045 (On-site and Take Home Clinic)

Jun. 10
9:30a – 12:00p
Click here to register
Clinic in the back of the building
Appointment required
Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045 (Take Home Clinic Only)
Jun. 10
5:00p – 6:30p
Click here to register
Clinic in the back of the building
Appointment required
Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045 (Take Home Clinic Only)
Jun. 11
11:00a – 1:30p
Click here to register
Clinic in the back of the building
Appointment required

Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045 
(On-site and Take Home Clinic)

Jun. 13
9:30a – 12:00p
Click here to register
Clinic in the back of the building
Appointment required

Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045 
(On-site and Take Home Clinic)

Jun. 15
9:30a – 12:00p
Click here to register
Clinic in the back of the building
Appointment required
Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045 (Take Home Clinic Only)
Jun. 15
5:00p – 6:30p
Click here to register
Clinic in the back of the building
Appointment required
Central Branch Library 
10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, MD 21044 (Take Home Clinic Only)
Jun. 16
4:00p – 5:30p
Click here to register 
Appointment required

Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045 
(On-site and Take Home Clinic)

Jun. 17
9:30a – 12:00p
Click here to register
Clinic in the back of the building
Appointment required
Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045 (Take Home Clinic Only)
Jun. 17
5:00p – 6:30p
Click here to register
Clinic in the back of the building
Appointment required

HoCo Family Wellness Day Centennial Park 10000 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042 (Take Home Clinic Only)

Jun. 19
8:30a – 12:30p
Click here to register
Clinic in the back of the building
Appointment required

Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045 
(On-site and Take Home Clinic)

Jun. 22
9:30a – 12:00p
Click here to register
Clinic in the back of the building
Appointment required
Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045 (Take Home Clinic Only)
Jun. 22
5:00p – 6:30p
Click here to register
Clinic in the back of the building
Appointment required

Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045 
(On-site and Take Home Clinic)

Jun. 24
9:30a – 12:00p
Click here to register
Clinic in the back of the building
Appointment required
Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045 (Take Home Clinic Only)
Jun. 24
5:00p – 6:30p
Click here to register
Clinic in the back of the building
Appointment required

Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045 
(On-site and Take Home Clinic)

Jun. 27
9:30a – 12:00p
Click here to register
Clinic in the back of the building
Appointment required
Miller Library 
9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, MD 21042 (Take Home Clinic Only)
Jun. 28
4:00p – 5:30p
Click here to register 
Appointment required

Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045 
(On-site and Take Home Clinic)

Jun. 29
9:30a – 12:00p
Click here to register
Clinic in the back of the building
Appointment required
Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045 (Take Home Clinic Only)
Jun. 29
5:00p – 6:30p
Click here to register
Clinic in the back of the building
Appointment required

 


At-Home Rapid COVID-19 Test Kits

CDC Self-Testing Resources

COVID-19 Test Kits at Howard County Libraries

Howard County Library System will now distribute COVID-19 test kits from its six branches. Community members can get test kits at the customer service desk of each branch during open hours. One package containing two test kits will be given to each household. This is a walk-in only service, no reservations. Distribution will end when supplies are depleted. Supplies are limited.

Please read carefully as our distribution procedure for At-Home Rapid Test Kits has changed. 

To apply for your free COVID test, fill out our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HoCoTests. Based on our supply, we can offer 4 tests per household. The survey will close when the maximum number of requests has been received and will be reopened when additional supply is received. Tests will be mailed in 7-12 days via USPS.

If you need assistance completing the survey, our COVID Information Line can help. Call 410-313-6284 and press 1 to be connected. They are available Monday - Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.

MDH - Reporting At-Home Test Results

Rapid & PCR Mobile Testing

Rapid testing and PCR testing will be available to residents at no upfront cost through a partnership with First Call Urgent Care and Centennial Medical Group at the following sites each week. These testing sites will help promote more equitable healthcare and ensure all populations have access to COVID-19 testing in Howard County. 

Type of Test: Nasal Swab

When & Where: Seven days a week, Click here for the complete schedule and locations.

Price: No upfront costs. Contact your insurance company for coverage limits.

Appointments: Appointments are not necessary

Phone: (443) 351-7301

Email: [email protected]
 

Testing Locations in Howard County*
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Quality First Urgent Care (Clarksville)
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6339 Ten Oaks Rd., Clarksville, MD, 21029 

301-421-1214

https://quality1urgentcare.com/clarksville-urgent-care/

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Howard County General Hospital - State Run Mass Testing Site (Columbia)
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5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD 21044 (outside of main entrance)

1-855-634-6829

Monday - Sunday, 9am - 3pm (Lines may be closed early in order to accommodate all patients by the scheduled closing time.)

Please be prepared for the possibility of extended wait times and dress warmly in anticipation of cold temperatures. Please verify the operating status of any site before visiting. Contact information for sites across the state can be found in the listings at covidTEST.maryland.gov and covidVAX.maryland.gov.

Note: This site is operated by the Maryland Department of Health, in partnership with Howard County General Hospital and the Maryland National Guard

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OUCH! Urgent Care (Elkridge)
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6020 Meadowridge Center Drive, Suite F, Elkridge, MD  21075
443-776-3031

Call first or visit ouchmd.com/contact/ before visiting.
 

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Righttime Medical Care Urgent Care (Columbia)
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6334 Cedar Ln., Columbia, MD  21044
888-808-6483

Call first or visit RighttimeNOWvirtualvisits before visiting
 

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Centennial Medical Group (Elkridge)
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Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, 5700 Rowanberry Dr., Elkridge, MD 21075. (Enter from Bauman Drive)

443-351-7301

Click here for the updated schedule and hours

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Centennial Medical Group (Columbia)
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Merriweather Post Pavilion - West Gate (Off of Dennis Lane from Merriweather Drive) 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044

443-351-7301

Click here for the updated schedule and hours

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Centennial Medical Group (West Friendship)
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Howard County Fairgrounds 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship, MD 21794

443-351-7301

Click here for the updated schedule and hours

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All Care Urgent Care (Ellicott City)
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9396 Baltimore Nat'l Pk, Ellicott City, MD, 21042
410-480-9110 

Visit the website for more information about testing 
 

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CVS Pharmacies
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Premier Health Express Urgent Care (Columbia)
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9710 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 200, Columbia, MD

443-899-9525

https://www.premierhealthexpress.com/
 

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University of Maryland Faculty Physicians, Inc. Urgent Care (Columbia)
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5890 Waterloo Road
Columbia, MD 21045

667-214-2100

Website: https://www.umfpi.org/health-services/urgent-care

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Caplet Pharmacy (Columbia)
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6310 Stevens Forest Rd., Suite 110
Columbia, MD 21046

443-774-0777

Website: https://capletrx.com/index.html

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Howard County General Hospital - Patient Testing (Columbia)
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St John Baptist Church (Columbia)
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9055 Tamar Dr., Columbia, MD 21045

Partnership with FirstCall Urgent Care

No Appointment required

Schedule and More Information

Call 410-730-3399 to confirm availability

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*Disclaimer
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The Health Department does not endorse any third-party COVID-19 testing services and is only providing this list for convenience and reference. Individuals should verify testing availability before visiting any location.

Testing Information
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Who should get tested?
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The following people should get tested for COVID-19:

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • People who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested to check for infection:
    • Fully vaccinated people should be tested 5–7 days after their last exposure.
    • People who are not fully vaccinated should get tested immediately when they find out they are a close contact. If their test result is negative, they should get tested again 5–7 days after their last exposure or immediately if symptoms develop.
  • People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who are prioritized for expanded community screening for COVID-19.
  • People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who have been asked or referred to get testing by their school, workplace, healthcare provider, statetriballocal or territorial health department.
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Cost and Insurance Accepted
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For questions regarding testing cost and accepted insurance, please contact the testing site directly.

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Test Types and Expected Wait Times
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For questions regarding test type administered and expected wait time for test results, please contact the testing site directly. For more information on steps to take while you wait for test results, see the link below from the CDC.

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Testing Availability
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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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If You Test Positive
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Please see the link below for guidance on what to do if you test positive for COVID-19.

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State of MD COVID-19 Testing FAQs
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See below for Frequently Asked Questions regarding COVID-19 testing.

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En Espanol
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Para obtener información sobre las pruebas de COVID-19, haga clic en el enlace a continuación.

Para preguntas sobre coronavirus, llámenos a 410-313-6284.

 

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