New COVID-19 Testing Site To Open In Frederick County

It will be along the Golden Mile.                                                                                                                                       


Frederick, Md (KM) Citizens who want to get tested for the coronavirus will have another location in Frederick County. Health Officer Dr. Barbara Brookmyer says a new clinic will be located along the Golden Mile behind Masters Pharmacy at the Rockledge Plaza on Route 40 at Hillcrest Drive.

“A two-story shopping center. And you access it through the parking on the south side or in the back, furtherest away from Route 40,” she says.

Route 40 is also known as West Patrick Street.

The new clinic is scheduled to open on August 8th. “However, for the community we’ll be operating what’s referred to as a soft launch to be able to figure out what are the best times to be open there,” says Dr. Brookmyer.

Just like the other COVID-19 testing clinics in Frederick County, Dr. Brookmyer says  the testing is free and patients do not need a note from the doctor. Also, they do\n’t  need to display any symptoms of the coronavirus.

Similar to the other clinics, Dr. Brookmyer says the clinic will offer diagnostic testing, not the antibody test. “The way that we preform the testing–or collect the specimen which is more accurate–we use that nasal-Pharyngeal swab. So it’s the swab that goes into the nose and all the way back to the throat,” she says.

Other COVID-19 testing sites around Frederick County are:

*Thursdays  on the front lawn  of  the Frederick Rescue Mission, 419 West South Street, 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

*Thursdays in Brunswick at Railroad Square from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

* Saturdays at 101 West All Saints Street in Frederick from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (parking lot of the Asbury United Methodist Church)

* Mondays and Thursdays on the front lawn of  the Frederick  Rescue Mission, 419 West South Street, 12:00 PM to 2:00  PM on Mondays; 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Thursdays

* Next clinic in Emmitsburg will be August 11th at the Seton Center, 226 Lincoln Avenue, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

* Next Clinic in Thurmont will be August 7th at the Municipal Building parking lot, 615 East Main Street, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Frederick County testing rate is 16% in Maryland, according to the local Health Department.


By Kevin McManus