The Howard County Health Department reports a record number of daily COVID-19 tests administered on July 11th with 1,310 test administered on that date. That number represents the highest one day number of tests administered ever reported on the COVID-19 Dashboard in Howard County.
The 7 day rolling average of tests administered also reached an all time high of 843 tests per day. The number of daily tests is now approaching the goal of HoCo Rise…a testing goal of 6,500 tests per week (or 928 tests per day).
Howard County has done a lot recently to make COVID-19 testing easier for residents:
Drive thru testing now available at the Columbia VEIP Station without a doctors order (READ HERE). You still need an appointment but now you can go online and make it yourself. The Columbia VEIP station is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Drive through testing is now available at the Savage Volunteer Fire Department without an appointment (READ HERE). Testing at this location is open from Monday – Saturday 8:00am to 6:00pm. The site will have scheduled appointments available, but they are not required.
There are some questions and confusion about the testing times at the Savage Fire Station on Saturday. I am still unclear if the time is 8:00am to 6:00pm or 8:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday. I am awaiting a response from the Howard County Health Department to know for sure.
Here is a full listing of testing locations here in Howard County: https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Health/MM-Alerts-and-Recalls/Coronavirus-Testing
I personally went through the testing process at the new drive through testing facility at the Savage Fire Station….if interested in what that process is like…read this: My COVID-19 testing experience in Howard County at the new drive through location on July 7th
Now as of this morning it is day six since I took my test…no email and no phone call as of this post. A family member took their test at CVS here in Howard County on July 6th…they do not have their results back either as of this morning. So the concerns about getting test results back quickly are real: there was this recent article on that topic: https://www.fox5dc.com/news/growing-concerns-about-covid-19-testing-delays-nationwide
I will continue to track this information…so be sure to check back on the blog from time to time.