A new coronavirus testing site in Elkridge will open later this month, Howard County announced this week.
Quality First Urgent Care is opening a drive-thru testing site at the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, 5700 Rowanberry Drive, according to a county news release.
The site will open Oct. 12 and will be operated from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
“As part of the public safety team in Howard County, it is imperative that we support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” fire Chief William Anuszewski said in a statement. “The ability to assist with a feasible location for COVID-19 testing without impacting our ability to continue providing quality emergency service is a win-win for the community we serve.”
A doctor’s order will not be required at the site. Appointments can be made ahead of time, but they are not required.
“Opening a testing site in the northern part of the county allows more residents to conveniently obtain testing near them,” Howard County Health Officer Dr. Maura Rossman said in a statement. “The more people who are tested and are aware of their COVID status, the more effective we can be at controlling the spread of the virus.”
The announcement comes a week after the closing of the COVID-19 testing site at the Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program location in Columbia. The VEIP site stopped serving as a testing site in order to allow the emissions location to resume regular operations, according to the county.
Howard County General Hospital also released additional community testing sites for the month of October:
8 a.m. to noon Saturday — First Baptist Church of Guilford, 7504 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia
8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 10 — Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4100 St. John’s Lane, Ellicott City
8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 25 — Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6020 Ten Oaks Road, Clarksville
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 31 — Celebration Church, 7101 Riverwood Drive, Columbia
Advance registration is encouraged at bit.ly/j2bh-testing.
Other testing sites in Howard County include:
Howard County General Hospital (drive-thru, appointment/doctor’s order required), 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Quality First Urgent Care (drive-thru), Savage Volunteer Fire Company, 8521 Corridor Road: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Quality First Urgent Care (drive-thru), Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, 5700 Rowanberry Drive: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, starting Oct. 12
OUCH! Urgent Care, 6020 Meadowridge Center Drive, Suite F, Elkridge: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday
Righttime Medical Care Urgent Care, 6334 Cedar Lane, Columbia: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday
First Call Urgent Care Center/Centennial Medical Group, 10981 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday
All Care Urgent Care (drive-thru, appointment required), 9396 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to