As of Saturday, March 21, 2020, 663 tests have been administered in Washington County. The tests have been sent to either the state’s department of health lab or commercial labs.
3. Where can I be tested?
Meritus Health has established a drive-thru screening center for patients who have been referred by their physicians to be screened or who have been directed to the drive-thru after calling the COVID-19 care line (301-790-9170).
- This screening site has been established behind Meritus Medical Plaza located at 13620 Crayton Blvd., Hagerstown, Md. The drive-thru screening center is open from 7:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. daily.
This coming week, Meritus will officially open two walk-thru screening centers in and near the city of Hagerstown. These will again be for patients directed to them by health care professionals to receive flu and COVID-19 testing. Locations and times will be announced by Meritus Health on their website and social media channels.
Meritus Health is currently working with a commercial laboratory for the COVID-19 testing. The estimated turnaround time for results is between five to seven days based on the commercial lab process.
4. Is there a COVID-19 home test?
There is no COVID-19 home test kit on the market for sale. People who suspect they have COVID-19 should contact their health care provider, who will determine if that patient has signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and will determine whether patients will be referred for lab testing.
5. Will everyone need a test?
Regardless of whether people are tested, medical advice will remain the same; isolation and treating symptoms with fluids to reduce the risk of dehydration, medication to reduce a fever, and supplemental oxygen in more severe cases.
6. How can I get more information on COVID-19?
This is a rapidly changing situation, and information is being shared as it becomes available. Accurate COVID-19 information is critical to the community. For the most current and accurate information about the situation, please refer to the following:
7. How can I help prevent the spread of COVID-19?
We strongly encourage the community to continue preventive measures such as:
- cover your coughs and sneezes
- wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- avoid touching your face
- clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily
- stay at home if you are sick
Social distancing measures are paramount at this time. To reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, take these measures and recommendations seriously. These measures are strongly recommended, especially to vulnerable populations such as adults over sixty and those with pre-existing medical conditions. If you feel you are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus like fever, cough and shortness of breath, contact a healthcare provider to discuss symptoms before going to urgent care or the emergency room unless it is a medical emergency.
8. How can I protect myself from COVID-19?
to learn more about COVID-19 protective measures.