DENTON — The Caroline County Health Department has developed a comprehensive COVID-19 Testing Plan to test county residents for the COVID-19 virus and conduct disease surveillance. Aggressive, methodical surveillance will allow the CCHD to monitor the spread and intensity of the pandemic, to enable contact tracing to slow transmission, and to identify disease clusters requiring special intervention.

One part of this effort will be conducting free community points of testing for the citizens of Caroline County. Weekly drive-thru COVID-19 testing will be available beginning July 7 and run from 3 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Testing will take place at the Health Department (HAPS building) at 403 S. 7th Street in Denton.

There is no cost to be tested, and insurance is not required. Appointments are preferred and can be scheduled by calling 410-479-8000. Interested persons must have picture ID (government, work, or school issued will be accepted).

Interim CCHD Health Officer Roger Harrell said, “Expanded testing and contact tracing of the positive cases is the foundation of containing the COVID-19 virus in our community. The dedicated staff of the Caroline County Health Department are working in partnership with our community to provide expanded testing for our community to assure that we will be able to contain the virus.”

The twice weekly drive-thru clinics are part of the plan to achieve the state’s goal of testing at least 10% of the county population. According to statistics released by the Maryland Department of Health on June 28, both Dorchester and Kent counties on the Mid-Shore had achieved that goal. Caroline County had tested 8.1% of its population; Talbot, 9.8%; and Queen Anne’s, 5.2%.

Officials said it is important to remain vigilant regarding wearing a mask when leaving the house and washing your hands and using hand sanitizer often.

If you are experiencing severe symptoms now, do not wait to get tested. Contact your medical provider, ChoiceOne Urgent Care-Denton or Choptank Community Health for immediate testing. If you are having trouble breathing, call 911.

Angela Price contributed to this report.

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