Information about COVID-19 Testing in Baltimore City

Table of Contents

Where am I able to be tested? Who do I contact?
Where can I learn about testing at city testing tents?
List of Community Test Sites in Baltimore City
List of Neighborhood Testing Sites
List of Baltimore City Medical Center Test Sites
My health care provider said I can’t be tested. Why can’t I be tested?
What does the test consist of? What is the process?
How long does it take to receive results?
Why do we not have enough tests?
How do people who are tested get their results?
I need to be tested to show that I’m negative so I can return to work.
I might have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19. What do I do?

Will I have to pay for the COVID-19 test?
Will my insurance cover treatment if I test positive for COVID-19?

 

Where am I able to be tested? Who do I contact?

Health care providers order COVID-19 testing, so you will need to discuss testing with a healthcare provider.

Call your doctor to see if they provide a COVID-19 test or if they can refer you to a city testing site. Health care providers can refer patients to city testing sites. Patients must have an appointment in order to receive testing at city testing sites.

If you do not have a health care provider and/or you do not have health insurance, you can access and speak to a health care provider by calling 211. If you meet testing criteria, they can provide an appointment to a testing location, pending test availability.

Where can I learn about testing at city testing tents?

Baltimore City is offering drive-through and walk-through testing at tents throughout the city to residents who are symptomatic and at high risk for complications from the disease. Individuals must have an appointment to be tested.

Your doctor can refer you to an appointment through CRISP (Chesapeake Regional Information System).  You can also call 2-1-1 to be connected to a health care provider if you have questions about testing, and do not have a doctor. If you meet testing criteria, they can provide an appointment to a testing location.

A list of current locations can be found below. 

List of Community Test Sites in Baltimore City

Druid Park- Rawlings Conservatory, 3100 Swann Drive, Baltimore, MD 21217

Clifton Park- 2801 St Lo Drive, Baltimore Maryland 21213

Appointments are required. Please bring a copy of your confirmation number to the testing site. Appointments can be made by your primary care provider or by calling 211 and requesting an assessment for testing.

 

Neighborhood COVID testing options

Sites change weekly. Visit "Where to Get Tested for COVID-19" for the most up-to-date locations. 

 

Other Baltimore City Testing Sites: Medical Centers

  • LifeBridge Health, Sinai Hospital - 2401 W. Belvedere Ave., Baltimore, MD 21215
    • Call 211 or 410.601.2222 to speak with a provider and be screened for testing
    • Patients who are eligible for testing will be scheduled at a Lifebridge testing location.

       
  • MedStar Federal Hill Urgent Care Testing Tent 1425 Key Hwy. Baltimore, MD 21230
    • Go online at https://medstar-evisit.com/ to speak with a provider and be screened for testing.
    • Patients who are eligible for testing will be scheduled at a MedStar testing location.
      • Parking can be found in the museum lot across from the MedStar building

 

  • Johns Hopkins Medicine-
    • Several testing sites available
      • Patients without a primary care provider should call 443-997-9537 to speak with a provider and be screened for testing.
      • Patients without primary care providers who are eligible for testing will be scheduled at one of several testing locations.

 

  • Mercy Health Services
    • Patients should call 410-332-4866 to speak with a provider and be screened for testing.  Patients who are eligible for testing will be scheduled at a Mercy testing location.

 

  • University of Maryland Medical Center
    • Downtown Campus -22 S. Greene St. Baltimore, MD 21201
    • Midtown Campus- 827 Linden Ave. Baltimore, MD  21201
    • Patients should call 211 to speak with a provider and be screened for testing. Patients who are eligible for testing will be scheduled at a Baltimore City testing location.

 

My health care provider said I can’t be tested. Why can’t I be tested?

A health care provider’s decision to order COVID-19 testing is based on several factors, including clinical judgment, local conditions, and the current availability of testing supplies and lab resources.

Testing availability is increasing, but there are still not enough test kits for everyone. Therefore, the Maryland Department of Health is prioritizing several groups for testing, to ensure test kits are available for these highly vulnerable groups:

  • Hospitalized patients
  • Symptomatic Emergency Medical Service Personnel, healthcare workers, and law enforcement personnel
  • Symptomatic patients in nursing homes, long term care facilities, or congregate living facilities
  • Symptomatic high-risk unstable patients

In most circumstances, individuals who do not have symptoms are not prioritized for testing.

What does the test consist of? What is the process?

Each laboratory has specific requirements for testing. Generally, the test involves a swab of the nose or throat. If your health care provider recommends testing, your health care provider will inform you of what type of specimen needs to be collected.

How long does it take to receive results?

The results will be received by your provider in a time frame from a few days to several days, depending on laboratory testing demands and resources. Please discuss with your health care provider how long it will take to get results, which laboratory will be doing the testing, and how you will receive your results.

Why do we not have enough tests?

COVID-19 is a new infection. Laboratories are working rapidly to increase the capacity to do testing. The availability of testing will expand as more testing supplies become available.

How do people who are tested get their results?

It is the responsibility of the healthcare provider who ordered the test to provide the results to their patient.

 

I need to be tested to show that I’m negative so I can return to work.

Due to shortages of testing supplies, most people will not be tested for COVID-19. Testing is not being prioritized for clearance to return to work. See more guidance for employers.

I might have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19. What do I do?

The recommendations for what you should do if you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID19 depend on what type of contact you had with the person diagnosed with COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), close contact is defined as being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of someone with a confirmed case of  COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time.

All people, especially close contacts, should carefully monitor for any signs of illness, check their temperature twice a day, and if illness or a temperature of 100.4F or greater develops, they should immediately isolate themselves from other people and call a doctor for advice.

Current CDC guidance also recommends that if you have had close contact with a confirmed case, you should stay home from work or school for 14 days after the last exposure to monitor for symptoms and contact your health care provider. Further instructions about isolation can be found here

Will I have to pay for the COVID-19 test?

If you have a health insurance plan regulated by the state of Maryland, you should not have to pay for the test. You should contact your health insurance plan at the number on your identification card to see if your plan is regulated by Maryland.

Will my insurance cover treatment if I test positive for COVID-19?

Health insurance plans cover medically necessary treatment for the disease, but the treatment may be subject to deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance. You will need to pay those amounts, even if the care is covered. If you have a limited benefits plan, there may be additional limits on what is covered.