GOV RELEASE Governor Hogan Announces 500,000 Rapid Home COVID-19 Test Kits Will Be Distributed Statewide

Governor Hogan Announces 500,000 Rapid Home COVID-19 Test Kits Will Be Distributed Statewide
Extend access to community tests before the holidays
State continues to offer lab-based testing

ANNAPOLIS, MD-Governor Larry Hogan announced today that the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) will earn 500,000 Abbott BinaxNOW Ag Home COVID-19 test kits available through a new program launching statewide.

The home test kits are beginning to arrive in the state, and MDH is distributing them to local health departments to make them available for free at designated locations in their jurisdictions. Distribution of the kits will provide the public with greater access to helpful COVID-19 testing ahead of the holiday season and throughout the winter, and local health departments will be making announcements about test kit availability in the coming weeks.

“Testing remains one of the most important tools we have to keep people safe, and we’ve now performed nearly 15 million tests statewide,” Governor Hogan said. “By making these home testing kits available through local health departments, we’re giving Marylanders more options and more peace of mind as we head into the holiday season. Of course, if you haven’t already, the most important thing you can do is get vaccinated or get your booster shot. to get.”

In Caroline County, for example, residents can get tests at home while supplies last, at their local public library or at two community food pantries, Aaron’s Place and Giving Grace. In Prince George’s County, public libraries, local federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), and other partner locations will serve as distribution points for the test kits.

“Vaccination and testing remain the two most important actions Marylanders can take to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19,” said MDH Secretary Dennis R. Schrader. “We are committed to accessible, free COVID-19 testing statewide, and these home testing kits will bolster other state-supported testing initiatives.”

Each kit contains two COVID-19 tests that are approved for use by a single person, and the tests must be used at least 36 hours apart and within three days of each other. The tests are administered in-house and the results are available within 15 minutes.

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should consider themselves contagious, notify their contacts and seek further medical advice, which may include additional testing. Individuals are encouraged to report their test results, both positive and negative, to help Maryland slow the spread of COVID-19. Those who test negative should confirm the result by using the second test in the kit to retest at least 36 hours after the first test. Anyone can self-report results with the Abbott NAVICA app, website, or by calling 1-855-634-6829.

Lab-based PCR testing remains widely available across the state. To find a test site, go to covidtest.maryland.gov. To find a vaccine clinic, go to covidvax.maryland.gov.

For more information about COVID-19 in Maryland, visit covidLINK.maryland.gov. For the latest COVID-19 data from Maryland, visit coronavirus.maryland.gov.

-###-​

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *