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Maryland opening eighth VEIP COVID-19 testing site

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Posted at 12:09 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 12:11:50-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — On Tuesday, Maryland will open its eighth COVID-19 testing site at a Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) station.

The newest site will open in Hagerstown, and be the first state-run, drive-thru testing site in Western Maryland.

Last Wednesday, Governor Hogan revealed an expanded testing strategy to battle outbreaks among nursing homes, health care workers, first responders, and poultry plants.

“With the tests we recently acquired from South Korea, Maryland continues to implement an expanded testing strategy,” said Governor Hogan. “Drive-thru testing at Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program stations provides an easily accessible option for many citizens, and we now have the resources to continue to expand these sites throughout the state.”

The full list of drive-thru testing sites will include converted VEIP stations in Bel Air (Harford County), Columbia (Howard County), Glen Burnie (Anne Arundel County), Hagerstown (Washington County) Owings Mill (Baltimore County), Prince Frederick (Calvert County), Waldorf (Charles County), and White Oak (Montgomery County).

Patients must have a health care provider order and an appointment to take a test at a VEIP site.

To schedule a test, call your doctor, who can assist in ordering and scheduling a test through the state’s health information exchange. Patients cannot order or schedule tests for themselves.