Who should get tested?
Any individual showing COVID-19 symptoms should be tested, even if they have been vaccinated.
The CDC also recommends the following people continue to test if they are not fully vaccinated:
- Those who are planning to travel or who have returned from travel
- Those with frequent interactions with the public
- Those who are working in health care and congregant settings
- Those who are notified of a close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient
If you are unsure if you should be tested, please contact your health care provider and follow their recommendation.
Get tested and notify your contacts if you’re positive.
As Marylanders start to return to doing the things we’ve missed since the pandemic began, we need to do as much as we can to continue to stop COVID-19 from spreading. While vaccines are the best path forward to ending the pandemic, testing and contact tracing are still important to protect the most vulnerable and unvaccinated among us.
If you have COVID symptoms, get tested. If you test positive, notify your contacts.
Testing at Home
To encourage testing before the holidays and during winter months, MDH is offering free, at-home BinaxNOW Self Test kits.
Contact your local health department to find out where to receive a free test kit in your area, while supplies last. At-home tests are also available over-the-counter or from your healthcare provider.