Governor Larry Hogan – Official website of the Governor of Maryland


Status on track to receive 500,000 more rapid home tests over the next week
Latest sequencing data shows Omicron accounts for 90% of lab-confirmed cases in state

ANNAPOLIS, MD– Governor Larry Hogan today visited the location of a new state-run COVID-19 testing site at UM Laurel Medical Center and announced the location of nine additional hospital-based testing sites that will open by the end of next week to meet the growing demand for testing and divert people from hospital emergency room visits just to take COVID-19 tests.

“One of the main purposes of these locations is to ease the burden on hospitals and emergency rooms,” Governor Hogan said. “We are already receiving reports that traffic to emergency rooms for testing has dropped significantly as a result.”

Watch the governor’s announcement.

Hospital testing sites. Governor Hogan announced a total of 10 locations for the hospital-based testing sites, which are on track to be fully operational and open daily for walk-in, no-appointment-necessary visits by the end of next week. They include:

  • UM Laurel Medical Center (Laurel)
  • UM Charles Regional Medical Center (La Plata)
  • UM Capital Region Medical Center (Largo)
  • Community Doctors Hospital (Lanham)
  • Meritus Health (Hagerstown)
  • Frederick Health (Frédéric)
  • Johns Hopkins (Baltimore)
  • University of Maryland Medical Center (Baltimore)
  • MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital (Leonardtown)
  • North West Hospital (Randallstown)

This is in addition to the hospital-based testing sites that opened last week at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health in Bel Air and the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.

Federally funded surge test site at St. Agnes Hospital. Governor Hogan also announced that, in partnership with the state, the federal government will support a surge testing site at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore.

Emergency purchases for an additional 500,000 rapid home tests. After notifying the Board of Public Works that the state will pursue emergency purchases to acquire more rapid home tests to address the nationwide shortage, Governor Hogan today announced that Maryland is on the right track to receive another 500,000 rapid tests next week. This is in addition to the million rapid tests previously announced by the state.

Sequencing data: Omicron is a dominant variant. Governor Hogan also provided the latest data from state lab partners, which shows that about 90% of all recently analyzed samples tested positive for the Omicron variant. Of the samples that were hospitalized, 90% had the Omicron variant.

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