Three Walmart stores—in Dorchester, Frederick, and Wicomico counties—will have designated drive-up locations dispensing self-tests three days a week.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced Friday that Walmart would be joining the ranks of coronavirus testers in the private sector. Three Walmart stores—in Dorchester, Frederick, and Wicomico counties—will have designated drive-up locations dispensing self-tests three days a week, weather permitting. Walmart pharmacists and trained medical volunteers provide the test materials (according to safe distancing protocols) to individuals that make an appointment.
A New Phase in the Fight Against COVID
This week, Governor Hogan directed the Maryland Department of Health to begin coronavirus testing for asymptomatic individuals who may have been exposed to the virus. This new phase in testing follows a critical milestone in Maryland's coronavirus efforts—200,000 tests have been administered and 3.5 percent of the state's population has been tested. Hogan now says the state has the capacity and supplies to offer testing to Marylanders who may have been exposed to the disease, even if they do not have symptoms.
In addition, Hogan used an emergency order to authorize any licensed pharmacist in Maryland to directly order and administer COVID-19 tests.
Hogan said in a press release:
"As Maryland continues to dramatically expand testing availability and broaden the criteria for COVID-19 testing statewide, we are excited to be forging new partnerships with private sector companies like Walmart. With the addition of test sites at some of our Walmart stores, we are continuing to make significant progress on our long-term testing strategy for the state."
Jennifer Hoehn, Walmart Public Affairs Director for Maryland, responded in kind:
"Walmart is part of the community, and we are proud to help support the expansion of COVID-19 testing in Maryland during this unprecedented time. We are grateful to our associates who keep our stores running, our pharmacists who support these testing sites, and to state and local officials as we work together to open the site and help our community."
New Testing Sites
Walmart joins the fleet of government and private-sector forces offering community testing. The Walmart testing sites can be found at these locations:
Walmart Supercenter, 2775 Dorchester Square, Cambridge, MD 21613
Walmart Supercenter, 2421 Monocacy Blvd, Frederick, MD 21701
Walmart Supercenter, 409 N Fruitland Blvd, Fruitland, MD 21801
State-sponsored, appointment-free testing is available at:
Anne Arundel County
Glen Burnie VEIP
Prince George's County
Hyattsville VEIP station in Prince George’s County.
(Testing will become available at the Clinton VEIP site next week.)
RITE AID, partnered with VERILY, offers testing at these sites:
Anne Arundel County
Rite Aid #385, 5804 Ritchie Highway, Baltimore, MD
Rite Aid #374, 5624 Baltimore National Pike, Baltimore, MD
And the many locations offering testing from CVS:
Anne Arundel County
CVS Pharmacy, 2600 Annapolis Road, Severn, MD 21076
CVS Pharmacy, 157 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, MD 21146
CVS Pharmacy, 9519 Philadelphia Road, Baltimore, MD 21237
CVS Pharmacy, 2560 West Franklin Street, Baltimore, MD 21223
CVS Pharmacy, 6040 Sykesville Road, Eldersburg, MD 21784
CVS Pharmacy, 4200 Altamont Place, White Plains, MD 20695
CVS Pharmacy, 8032 Liberty Road, Frederick, MD 21701
CVS Pharmacy, 5414 Rotary Avenue, New Market, MD 21774
CVS Pharmacy, 8197 Westside Boulevard, Fulton, MD 20759
CVS Pharmacy, 7809 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814
CVS Pharmacy, 799 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
CVS Pharmacy, 12215 Darnestown Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Prince George’s County
CVS Pharmacy, 8201 Annapolis Road, New Carrollton, MD 20784
CVS Pharmacy, 7600 SE Crain Highway, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
CVS Pharmacy, 4840 Marlboro Pike, Capitol Heights, MD 20743
CVS Pharmacy, 5100 Brown Station Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
CVS Pharmacy, 12001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD 21842
Are these Walmart locations more convenient for you? Have you been tested, or do you have plans to be? Leave a comment below!