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For the most up-to-date information and resources about the Coronavirus response in Howard County, visit: https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/COVID-19-Coronavirus-Countywide-Updates.
For the most up-to-date data on the COVID-19 outbreak in Maryland, visit: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov
For Center of Disease Control (CDC) information, data and recommendations, including information on new variants and vaccines and tips like “how to improve ventilation in your home,” visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/
With testing now broadly available, anyone with symptoms or anyone else who believes they should be tested, should get tested. The county offers free, drive through testing, no insurance or doctor’s note required.
Howard County is dedicated to expanding COVID-19 testing to residents in our community who many not have adequate access. First Call Urgent Care and Centennial Medical Group are implementing five mobile testing units in the following locations:
Rapid testing and PCR testing will be available to residents at no cost. These new testing sites will help us promote more equitable healthcare and ensuring our most vulnerable populations have access to COVID-19 testing. For more information, click here.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has set forth testing guidelines that are being followed by most states and localities. Their “Testing for COVID-19″ webpage provides guidance and a symptom checker.
The University of Maryland Medical System offers additional information about Coronavirus testing and resources, including what to do if you do not have a primary care physician.
Howard County Health Department’s Coronavirus Information Line is available from 8 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday. Call 410.313.6284 for answers to health and medical questions related to Coronavirus.
University of Maryland Medical System’s Nurse Call Line, established by UMMS, is a free phone service available 24 hours a day/7 days a week to answer questions from the community about Coronavirus (COVID-19). Call 1.888.713.0711.
Uninsured and looking for coverage? You can purchase private insurance, possibly at a reduced rate, and may be able to get help through Medicaid. Maryland Health Connection is how you sign up for both.
Medicaid: People eligible for Medicaid or the Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP) can enroll any time of year. Click for details on who qualifies.
Private Insurance: Marylanders can enroll in a private health plan with Maryland Health Connection now through Monday, August 15, 2021. Nine out of ten people who enroll receive financial support. Individuals with certain immigration status and all children can receive coverage. The date coverage begins depends on when you enroll. At all times, you can enroll or change plans if you’ve recently experienced a qualifying life event, such as becoming pregnant or losing other health coverage.
Learn more/apply with Maryland Health Connections:
Additional Medicaid assistance: The Howard County Health Department’s Bureau of Access to Health has Medicaid eligibility workers on staff to personally assist with:
Call 410.313.5845. Staff are bilingual in Spanish and Korean.
Medicare: Need help understanding or navigating Medicare? Howard County’s SHIP can help. Whether you are new to Medicare or have had it for some time, or researching for a family member or friend, contact SHIP about these or other topics:
Access information at SHIP’s site, and/or call 410-313-7392
Chase Brexton provides healthcare and other assistance. Care can be provided to those without insurance on a sliding fee scale. For more information, call 410.837.2050 or visit https://www.chasebrexton.org/locations/columbia
For a full listing of Health-related services available through Howard County, visit https://services.howardcountymd.gov/hcportal?id=sc_category_311&sys_id=aa05f39bdb5440101e7b9647db961900
The Medical Assistance Transportation Program (MATP) is a program that provides transportation to medical care for clients who have no other transportation available. There are strict eligibility requirements. Contact MATP for more information at 1.877.312.6571.
Neighbor Ride is continuing to provide medically necessary transportation to ensure that ongoing healthcare needs are met.