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County Announces COVID-19 Testing Schedule for Upcoming Week

For Immediate Release: Friday, November 13, 2020

Amidst rising numbers of new COVID-19 cases, Montgomery County health officials urge all residents to get tested for COVID-19 and will provide free walk-in and drive-thru COVID-19 testing at multiple sites during the upcoming week.  Testing is important for everyone so that health officials can track the spread of COVID-19 in the community.  Some individuals with COVID-19 can be asymptomatic (without symptoms) and spread the disease to vulnerable groups, such as the elderly.

Testing clinics are free, no doctor’s order is required, and no appointments are needed.  Residents who are experiencing symptoms should call the Testing Helpline at 240-777-1755 for assistance with scheduling testing, as not all sites accept residents with symptoms.  Some testing site locations have changed to accommodate weather changes. The County’s home-based testing and human services screening is also available for eligible residents. Find more information on the home-based testing and eligibility on the testing website.

The self-administered nasal swab tests provided at the clinics are from CIAN Diagnostic Laboratories in Frederick. These tests are nasal swab molecular tests. Also called a PCR test, this diagnostic test detects genetic material of the COVID-19 virus using a lab technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

Find a complete schedule of upcoming clinics at www.MoCoCOVIDTesting.org.

For the latest COVID-19 updates, visit the County’s COVID-19 website as well as the County’s data dashboard or follow Montgomery County on Facebook @MontgomeryCountyInfo and Twitter @MontgomeryCountyMD

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Release ID: 20-694
Media Contact: Mary Anderson 240-777-6507