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Baltimore City Health Department Selects Community Covid-19 Test Kit Distribution Sites

BALTIMORE, MD. (April 14, 2022) – The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) is excited to announce additional COVID-19 Test Kit Distribution partners. Residents can find a list of COVID-19 Test Kit Distribution partners on the Health Department’s website. Organizations will receive a supply of COVID-19 at-home test kits for distribution to the community and will advertise distribution plans. Organizations were selected via an application process that considered representation across BCHD’s COVID-19 VALUES communities and geographic coverage across the city. 

Information about COVID-19 booster doses

Booster doses are currently authorized by the FDA and recommended by CDC for all individuals 12 years and older.

Additional doses for people 5 years and older with moderate to severe immune compromise

The Baltimore City Health Department recommends that people 5 years and older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised rec

Baltimore City Health Department Releases Updated Coronavirus Metrics Dashboard

BALTIMORE, MD. (March 24, 2022) – The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) has taken feedback from residents and, in consultation with our epidemiologists, has released an updated Coronavirus dashboard, available at The updated dashboard uses new data sources to display the number of new Coronavirus (COVID) cases, deaths, test volume, and percent positivity within Baltimore City based on a 7-day average. The dashboard provides the percent of eligible residents ages 12 and over who have received their first or single dose of vaccine. It also incorporates the recently released CDC COVID community level via the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

BCHD Restructuring COVID-19 Test Kit Distribution Program for Community-Based Organizations

BALTIMORE, MD. (January 28, 2022) – Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) is modifying the COVID-19 test kit distribution program for community-based organizations (CBOs).  The goal of the COVID-19 test kit community distribution program, which started in late November 2021, is to provide free COVID-19 at-home test kits to individuals in communities with inequities in COVID-19 outcomes.  

Call Center holiday hours

The COVID Call Center will be closed on December 31 and January 1 for the New Year holiday.  Regular hours will resume on Monday, January 3.

Two new COVID-19 testing sites

The Baltimore City Health Department has added two new testing sites: Nomi Health in downtown Baltimore and Accu Reference Medical Lab is in northwest Baltimore on the grounds of the former Public

COVID-19 testing updates for Baltimore City

Due to very high test volumes, tests are taking longer to process. We appreciate your patience as we work to get COVID-19 test results back to you as quickly as we can. We understand the importance

The CDC preferentially recommends individuals receive mRNA vaccines

The CDC preferentially recommends individuals receive mRNA vaccines - Moderna or Pfizer - for the prevention of COVID-19 over the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Health Department Announces Plan to Distribute Rapid At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Through Community-Based Organizations Serving VALUE Communities 

BALTIMORE, MD.(Tuesday, November 30, 2021) – Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) is excited to participate in the distribution of free Abbott BinaxNOW Antigen at-home rapid COVID-19 test kits received from the Maryland Department of Health. BCHD will make COVID-19 rapid test kits available to eligible community-based organizations in limited quantities to be distributed to clients and community members.