Two urgent care sites in Howard County are testing for COVID-19 in addition to the drive-thru VEIP site in Columbia. Yesterday, Governor Hogan announced expanded testing across the State of Maryland. Now, residents are not required to receive a referral from a medical provider to get tested at some VEIP sites and pharmacists can order and conduct COVID-19 tests. At this time, appointments and referrals are still required for testing at the VEIP site in Columbia. 

“Every day we’re moving closer to our goal of expanded testing,” said County Executive Calvin Ball. “As we’ve said before, robust testing and contact tracing are the formula for stopping the community spread of COVID-19 and allowing us to reopen more of our economy. We’re grateful to our Health Department and the many healthcare providers in Howard County working together to help us reach our goals.”  

The following urgent care locations are offering COVID-19 diagnostic testing following an evaluation:  

First Call Urgent Care Center  
10981 Johns Hopkins Rd, Laurel, MD 20723  (map)
Hours are 8 am – 9 pm on Monday-Friday for COVID testing. 


Walk-Ins accepted.  

All Care Urgent Care 
9396 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD, 21042 (map)
Monday-Friday: 8am - 8pm 
Saturday: 8am - 4pm, Sunday: 9am - 4pm 

Walk-Ins accepted.   

Additionally, Governor Hogan announced today that, as part of the state’s long-term testing strategy, Maryland will begin universal COVID-19 testing at all state-run correctional and juvenile facilities. The governor also announced that: 

  • The state is delivering more than 20,000 tests per week to nursing homes. 
  • The state’s Public Health Laboratory is producing up to 10,000 tubes of viral transport media on a weekly basis to overcome supply chain challenges and boost testing resources. 
  • Maryland is distributing more than 33,000 additional swabs to local jurisdictions to help boost local testing capacity. 


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