Maryland hands out 500K free rapid COVID-19 tests in the state

Maryland is handing out 500,000 free home COVID-19 test kits to be distributed throughout the state in public libraries and community centers.

Maryland will hand out 500,000 free home COVID-19 test kits to be distributed by the state at public libraries and community centers to increase access to rapid testing during the holiday season.

“Testing remains one of the most important tools we have to keep people safe, and we’ve now performed nearly 15 million tests statewide,” said Government Leader Larry Hogan. in a press release announcing the program. “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.”

The Abbot BinaxNOW Ag At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits, which can be taken at home and produces results in 15 minutes, will be delivered to local health departments, who will determine how they will be distributed.

In Prince George’s County, for example, the health department plans to provide the test kits at public libraries, federally qualified health centers and other locations.

It’s not yet clear how many test kits each jurisdiction will receive, although a spokesperson for the Maryland Department of Health told WTOP the kits will be distributed in proportion to each county’s population.

Read more: Different mask guidance in DC, Montgomery Co. is “too much confusion”.

“Vaccination and testing remain the two most important actions Marylanders can take to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19,” said Maryland Health 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 one person. If you test positive, consider yourself contagious, notify your contacts, and seek further medical advice, including additional testing.

If you test negative, confirm the result by using the second test in the kit to retest at least 36 hours after the first test and within three days.

Regardless, Maryland health officials urged residents to report their results.

You can self-report results with the Abbott NAVICA app, website or by calling 1-855-634-6829.

Last week the Anne Arundel County Health Department announced plans to offer free rapid tests in public libraries in the province.

In addition, the Virginia Department of Health also said, the same Abbot BinaxNOW would offer rapid tests at 18 public libraries throughout Virginia.

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