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November 30, 2020FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –

Garrett County Schedules Free Weekly COVID-19 Testing

By Garrett County Joint Information Center Team

Garrett County Health Department and its partners will hold Free COVID-19 testing on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning on Tuesday, December 1st. These testing events will be held at the MEDCO Building in the McHenry Business Park, located off Bumble Bee Road between Hart for Animals and the Garrett County Airport. There is no out-of-pocket cost to get a test at this site, and appointments and doctors’ orders are not required.

Testing times for each day are as follows:

  • Tuesdays – 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

It is critical that all persons waiting to be tested wear a face covering that fully covers their mouth and nose. When entering the site, follow event signs and watch for traffic personnel for direction. Be prepared for a possible wait depending on how many persons take advantage of this event. For all persons who do not have symptoms of COVID-19, testing will be indoors. Persons being tested are required to wait in their cars until they are directed to enter the building for testing.

For anyone who does have symptoms of COVID-19 (including fever, aches and pains, loss of taste and smell, and headaches) testing will be done outdoors in a drive through lane.

To receive results as quickly as possible, be prepared to supply an email address when being tested. Persons with positive COVID-19 tests will be called as soon as possible. It is important to answer the phone if someone from the Garrett County Health Department or the State of Maryland calls. Persons who do not answer their phone, or who do not give a valid email address will receive test results through the mail (USPS).

Persons interested in volunteering to help with testing are encouraged to complete the COVID-19 Testing Clinic Volunteer Interest Form located at There are many ways to volunteer at upcoming community clinics, and your contributions can make a tremendous difference in helping our community have access to as many testing opportunities as possible.

Partners assisting the Garrett County Health Department with testing include Garrett County Government and Emergency Management, Garrett County Public Schools, and volunteers.

Additional COVID-19 resources:

  • Visit for the most up-to-date COVID-19 information.
  • To schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 test or an Influenza vaccination at the Health Department call 301-334-7697. Note: No appointment is needed for the community testing events at the MEDCO Building announced above.
  • For all other COVID-19 related questions, or to report a COVID-19 compliance issue, call the local COVID-19 Hotline number at 301-334-7698.