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Coronavirus Testing - Maryland
If you become sick with fever, cough or have difficulty breathing, contact your health care provider, especially if you are over 60 years of age or have pre-existing medical conditions. If you do not have a health care provider, contact your local health department.
If you need to seek care, call your health care provider, local health department or emergency room before you go; tell them about your symptoms, any recent travel and close contacts (such as people in your household); and wear a mask, if one is available.
Testing is appropriate for those who are at highest risk for developing severe COVID-19 disease. People who are mildly ill should not go to emergency rooms but stay at home and call their health care provider for guidance.
Your provider will decide if you should be tested based on several factors, including their clinical judgement, the availability of testing supplies and lab resources.
When they deem appropriate, providers order tests and collect samples, which they then send to a laboratory for testing.
There are multiple public and commercial labs conducting testing in the state. Result time varies depending on the lab.