Two more VEIP stations to offer drive-thru COVID-19 testing

Posted at 12:05 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 18:32:05-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Two more Maryland VEIP stations will be opening to serve as drive-up COVID-19 testing sites.

The additional sites will be in Owings Mills and Prince Frederick.

There are now seven VEIP testing sites open statewide, including in Bel Air (Harford County), Columbia (Howard County), Glen Burnie (Anne Arundel County), Owings Mills (Baltimore County), Prince Frederick (Calvert County), Waldorf (Charles County), and White Oak (Montgomery County).

Hours for each location will be determined based on demand and the availability of supplies.

“The acquisition of test kits from South Korea is already helping to expand our testing capacity across the state,” said Governor Hogan. “Continuing to expand our testing capabilities even further in high-priority areas, including these drive-thru sites, is an essential part of our recovery plan."

In order to schedule a COVID-19 testing appointment at a VEIP site, you must first call a physician, who will assist in ordering and scheduling a test using the state’s online health information exchange database. Only the Bel Air site requires physicians to schedule appointments by phone.

People waiting in line for a test have to remain in their vehicles with the windows rolled up until it is time to be tested. Testing is done by inserting a swab into the back of the nostril for several seconds. Some may experience minor discomfort at most.

Results usually take two to five days. Anyone tested should self quarantine until getting the results.