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COVID-19 testing site at Pimlico Race Course closes

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Posted at 4:12 PM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 16:12:50-04

BALTIMORE — Mayor Jack Young and Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa announced the closure of the COVID-19 testing site at Pimlico Race Course.

This comes as the city transitions its testing operations to prepare for winter weather.

Mayor Young issued the following statement:

“I want to sincerely thank the Stronach Group, the Maryland Jockey Club, LifeBridge Health, the Maryland National Guard, and the Maryland Department of Health for working with the City to provide essential community-based testing at Pimlico,” Mayor Young said. “This site proved vital throughout the early phases of the pandemic by providing critical access to testing for our residents.”

Since testing began in early April through a partnership with LifeBridge Health and Sinai Hospital, nearly 12,000 tests have been performed. The site was one of the initial community-based sites launched by the City.

“When testing began at Pimlico, we were seeing an average of just over 300 COVID-19 tests in the City per day – the availability of testing at Pimlico helped us begin scaling community-based testing to meet demand,” Health Commissioner Dr. Dzirasa said. “Today, we are seeing an average of more than 3700 tests per day, with a wide variety of partners providing testing, a testament to the work of the Health Department and all of the City’s healthcare partners in finding innovative ways to provide testing.”

The Health Department will continue to evaluate ways to maintain and increase community-based testing demand, where testing supply meets residents where they are.