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Drive-up COVID-19 testing available in Perry Hall

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Drive-up COVID-19 testing is now available by appointment in Perry Hall.

Patient First now provides drive-up COVID-19 testing at its locations along Belair Road in Perry Hall and on Crain Highway in Waldorf.  Testing is by appointment only.

All Patient First locations, including the designated testing centers, remain open on a walk-in basis from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., every day, for patients who have an urgent need for medical or injury care.

Appointments are made by calling a designated testing center. Patients are asked about symptoms and risk factors to determine whether they meet screening criteria based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In order to be tested, a patient must either have one or more symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat) or be a healthcare worker or first responder.

Testing is scheduled between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.

All test samples are collected outside of the center; patients may remain in their vehicles through the entire process. The staff member collecting samples is equipped with proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including an N95 mask, gloves, eye protection, and gown.

Samples are sent to a third-party reference lab for testing. Results will generally be available in about 2-4 days. A Patient First nurse will call each patient once results are available, to share results, provide guidance, and answer questions.

For insured patients, there is no out-of-pocket expense for COVID-19 testing. The visit will be submitted to patients’ insurance. Patient First accepts all major insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. For self-pay patients, the cost is $90 plus a separate bill from the lab.

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Appointments are not needed for visits unrelated to COVID-19 testing. All Patient First centers have taken steps to provide a safe environment for patients and staff, including requiring all patients and staff to wear masks while inside the center, thoroughly disinfecting surfaces throughout the center at regular intervals, requiring frequent hand washing, and limiting visitors to only essential family members.

Updates about testing sites, instructions about how to make an appointment, and other information are available at www.patientfirst.com/covid-19-testing.

The Perry Hall/Nottingham Patient First is located at 8830 Belair Road (21236).

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