The Howard County Health Department announced increased testing capacity from 100 to up to 146 tests a day at the Columbia VEIP Station beginning next week. The testing site has been opened since April 7th and is operating on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m – 2 p.m. To date, the Columbia site has conducted 351 tests.
The testing site has been incrementally increasing testing from the original 60 tests a day and will use a phased approach next week as well. Beginning Tuesday there will be three lanes for a total of 120 appointment slots. If the early week increase goes smoothly, the site is prepared to increase to 146 appointments on Thursday. The phased approach allows the site to increase tests without compromising efficiency or creating longer wait times.
To qualify for testing, residents will need to get a referral from their healthcare provider and will then be given directions on how to register online and make an appointment at a test site. At the test sites, residents will remain in their vehicles with the windows rolled up until they receive their test.
After receiving their test, residents will be given additional information about how to properly self-isolate at home. If symptoms worsen, residents should contact their healthcare provider, especially if they experience shortness of breath.
County Executive Ball Visits Columbia VEIP Station on First Day of Drive Thru Testing (video from April 7, 2020):