Howard County General Hospital will offer free COVID-19 community testing in places of worship throughout Howard County. The first testing event will take place this Sunday, July 19, from 8 to 11 a.m. at Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal M.I. at 6798 Oak Hall Lane in Columbia.

Open to children and adults in the community, event registration is encouraged online at To learn more about the July 19 event, call Nidia Adames at 646-717-5283 or Pastor José Ocasio at 410-292-3837. Participants will receive a phone call with their test results within 24 to 48 hours along with information and resources.

Howard County General Hospital works with faith groups in Howard County through the hospital’s Journey to Better Health program. Journey to Better Health provides free health screenings, classes and a Member Care Support Network to help Howard County residents take charge of their health by identifying, monitoring and managing their health conditions. The program is made possible through a grant from the Howard County Health Department.

“We have forged strong partnerships with our faith-based organizations over the years and are grateful for their support of efforts to expand access to testing in the community,” said Elizabeth Edsall Kromm, vice president of Population Health and Advancement at Howard County General Hospital. “It’s one more step in the hospital’s fight against the pandemic.”

Howard County General Hospital will hold additional COVID-19 community testing events at places of worship in the future.


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