County COVID testing at Health Dept., sign-ups open for vaccine

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH), local jurisdictions, and their partners operate COVID-19 testing sites throughout the state which are also now being used in many cases for COVID-19 vaccination services.

Vaccination sites across the state are operating on an appointment-only basis at this time, and walk-ins will not be permitted.

The vaccine supply provided to Maryland by the federal government is extremely limited at this time.

Testing still critical

COVID-19 testing continues to be critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Maryland health officials continue to encourage the following individuals to get COVID-19 tests:

–Symptomatic individuals;

–All who suspect exposure, including those who are asymptomatic;

–Individuals who are at risk of exposure, including workers in frequent contact with the public in health care, emergency services, food and grocery, retail or manufacturing, public transportation, educational, and other congregate settings;

–Individuals who have been in large gatherings; and

–Individuals who have traveled recently, including those who have traveled to a state with a COVID-19 test positivity rate above ten percent or a case rate over 20 per 100,000.

The Washington County Health Department is conducting testing at their offices at 13 West Lee Street in Hagerstown. The testing site is open Wednesday, March 3 and Friday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Go to the entrance of the parking lot at 13 West Lee Street and follow all traffic directions when going through the drive-thru and walk-up testing sites.

Sign up forms for vaccine

Currently Washington County is in Phase 1C for vaccinations. Plans for local vaccine distribution are being coordinated by Washington County Health Department in partnership with Meritus Health and Washington County Emergency Operations Center.

Those aged 65 and older can complete a form to be added to the COVID-19 vaccine waitlist. That form is listed here:

If a resident is interested in receiving a vaccine and are in the priority groups identified in Phase 1A, 1B, & 1C (other than 65+), they call fill out the form on the Health Department site, which can be reached through this link: