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COVID-19 Cases on the Rise: New Variant, BA.5

Due to the highly transmissible BA.5 variant, COVID-19 cases have been steadily rising.

Residents six months and older should get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible if they are not already, and those 5 and older should get a booster dose (if you are 50 or older you can get a second booster dose).

Continue to get tested if you feel sick or were exposed to someone with COVID-19. If you test positive, please stay home for at least five days and follow CDC guidelines. COVID-19 treatment is also available at pharmacies across the region as part of the federal government’s Test-To-Treat program.

The Test-To-Treat Program allows people who test positive for COVID-19 to receive proper treatment. You can get a prescription after meeting with a doctor on-site or through telehealth. Locate a Test-To-Treat site here.

COVID-19 Testing Sites
For more information about COVID-19 testing or to use the County testing site locator to find a testing site near you, click here to visit the County Health Department website.
COVID-19 testing locations in the District 1 area include the following:
Wells Ice Rink Parking Lot
5211 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20740
Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

At-home rapid COVID-19 test kits can be purchased at major pharmacies and retailers in-store and online.

Patients are encouraged to report their at-home rapid test results by visiting covidlink.maryland.gov/selfreport to report positive results directly to the Maryland Department of Health.

Please note: Ordering through the free COVID-19 rapid test kits program from the federal government was suspended on September 2, 2022. Visit covid.gov/tests for more information.

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