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Posted on: June 15, 2020

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY OPENS FREE COVID-19 TESTING SITE AT THE LAUREL – BELTSVILLE SENIOR CENTER

The Health Department now operates three appointment-only testing sites countywide and encourages those with or without symptoms to call for an appointment. Same day appointments are available.

LARGO, MD – The Prince George’s County Health Department’s new free community COVID-19 testing site has opened at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, located at 7120 Contee Rd, Laurel, MD 20707. The department now offers free COVID-19 testing, at three sites countywide by appointment:

LAUREL-BELTSVILLE SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER

7120 Contee Rd, Laurel, MD 20707

By appointment only: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For appointments, please call 301-883-6627.


ROLLINGCREST-CHILLUM RECREATION CENTER

6120 Sargent Rd, Chillum, MD 20782

By appointment only: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For appointments, please call 301-883-6627.


CHEVERLY HEALTH CENTER

3003 Hospital Drive, Cheverly, MD 20782

By appointment only: Monday - Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For appointments, please call 301-883-6627.

“As we gradually lift more restrictions across the County in phase two of our reopening, testing more residents remains a critical part of our success going forward.” said Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks. “Not only will the new site at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center expand our testing footprint in the County, it will provide more access to testing for our region’s senior citizens, a population that data show is at higher risk of serious COVID illness.”

Tests are available for individuals with or without symptoms who have been exposed to or suspect they may have been exposed to a COVID-19-positive person. Patients who have a testing prescription from a health care provider must still make an appointment by calling 301-883-6627.

All County-run testing sites accommodate testing for those in a vehicle or on foot, but they must have an appointment before arriving on-site.

Those without appointments will be accommodated as long as the site can handle the volume.

For more information about tests and testing locations, please visit health.mygpc.us/COVIDtesting.

“Expanding the number of Prince Georgians who get tested helps public health workers contain the virus,” said Prince George’s County Health Officer Dr. Ernest Carter. “As our reopening journey progresses, tracking who has the virus and isolating those individuals and their contacts limits its ability to spread, and that will help us continue to reduce our curve and reopen further.”

Dr. Carter also says Prince Georgians can also help further reduce the County’s curve by continuing to stay six feet from others, wearing a face covering when you go out to the store or to any business, essential or non-essential, and when on public transportation. It is also critical that individuals continue to wash their hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, and stay at home as much as possible.

Meanwhile, the Health Department is working to open additional COVID-19 test sites in the southern and central parts of the County in the coming weeks.

Stay updated and informed by regularly checking the County’s COVID-19 information hub at health.mypgc.us/coronavirus.

Please note: Members of the media may not make direct contact with any patients at the testing sites. By law, these testing sites provide the same level of patient privacy as a hospital or any other health care facility. Distant footage of cars entering the facility and distant shots of the facility grounds and building exteriors will be allowed, if space at the testing location allows. Photos or videos that can be used to identify any of the visitors to the site are a violation of federal HIPAA law and will not be allowed. Additionally, photos or videos that reveal the interiors of facilities or testing bays at the facilities will not be allowed.

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