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How Do I Get a COVID-19 Test in Montgomery County?

 How Do I Get a COVID-19 Test in Montgomery County?

Testing Clinic locations

Seniors and people with disabilities: get a free ride to your COVID-19 testing clinic

Visit one of the county run or sponsored Testing clinics for PCR testing for anyone who lives, works, or regularly visits Montgomery County.

We test people of all ages. If you bring young children, we may ask you to help them get tested. . Appointments are available, or Walk-in on a First-Come, First-Serve basis

Testing is free. If you have insurance, we will ask for your information, but there are no co-pays or deductibles.

We do not require a government ID or a doctor’s order.

Our clinics provide nasal swab tests. You take the sample yourself. The tests are molecular tests, also called PCR tests. These diagnostic tests detect genetic material of the COVID-19 virus using a lab technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). We do not offer antibody testing at our clinics.

At-home rapid tests
Order free rapid tests for at-home delivery from the US government.

Place Your Order for Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from USPS.com. Here’s what you need to know about your order:

Limit of one order per residential address

One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests

Orders will ship free starting in late January

Visit the USPS Site here

Get rapid test kits at any one of 19 Montgomery County Public Library branches.

Rapid test kits are free to Montgomery County residents.
Bring a form of proof of residency. Examples include a Driver’s license, ID, or a bill that shows you are a resident of Montgomery County.

  • Kit pickup is inside each library. You might enter at a side entrance. If you come early, you may wait outdoors. The line moves fast. If you need support, please ask a site attendant.
  • Residents can get two kits per person per day. Each kit contains two tests.
  • We have a limited supply of kits per site. We update this page as locations run out.

  • Providers can request rapid test kits for their organization or private school. Request COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits for your organization

    Excel Beyond The Bell Announces our Spring 2022 Schedule!

    The Excel Beyond the Bell (EBB) Collaborative is now open for Spring 2022 Registration at our EBB Partner Schools
  • Odessa Shannon
  • Montgomery Village
  • Loiederman
  • Neelsville
  • Argyle
  • Roberto Clemente
  • Forest Oak
  • Francis Scot Key
    Excel Beyond the Bell is currently in eight Montgomery County middle schools: Argyle in Wheaton, Roberto Clemente in Germantown, A. Mario Loiederman, Francis Scott Key in Silver Spring, Forest Oak in Gaithersburg, Neelsville in Germantown, Odessa Shannon in Silver Spring and Montgomery Village in Montgomery Village. At no cost to families, the program provides students with immediate access to after-school recreational and social programming, academic support, hot nutritional meals, and bus transportation home.
    EBB is open to any student from the identified schools and operates four days a week in two sessions from the end of the school day until 5:30pm. Activities include career exploration; leadership and civic engagement; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education, creative arts; social-emotional learning; sports & physical activity; health and wellness. Through the encouragement of healthy leisure choices, students are exploring new interests, building successful positive relationships, and increasing involvement with their school and community.
  • Youth Sports Initiative 2021

    Youth Sports Initiative 2021(YSI)

    On September 15, 2020, the Montgomery County Council appropriated CARES Act funding to the Collaboration Council to help carry out the Youth Sports Initiative in partnership with the Montgomery County Recreation Department and Montgomery County’s Office of Community Use of Public Facilities (CUPF).

    Many thanks for the collaboration and support of representatives from the Montgomery County Recreation Department, Montgomery County Sports Hall of Fame, Montgomery County Public Schools Athletics Department, and Montgomery County Public Schools Department of Student and Family Support and Engagement (Counseling and Restorative Justice Units)–and a big thanks to Councilman Gabe Albornoz, who led the charge in funding this initiative! Our partners showcase their work here:

    COVID-19 Vaccinations for 5 to 11 Year Olds

     COVID-19 Vaccinations for 5 to 11 Year Olds

    VACCINATIONS

    Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized for 5- to 11-year-olds. MCPS is partnering with the county’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Holy Cross Hospital to offer a number of free vaccination clinics for children at schools and county sites.

    Check this page for updates on clinics

    Due to limited appointment availability, information about how to register for an appointment at weekday vaccination sites are being shared with school communities by each school’s respective principal.

    Two-thirds of the doses for children 5 to 11 will be provided by pharmacies, pediatricians and other healthcare providers, and about one-third will be provided by the health department. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous sources that are providing vaccinations. Montgomery County health officials said they’re expecting a shipment of 40,000 vaccines for up to 12 middle and elementary schools and six community vaccination sites.

    The county is also ramping up a campaign to inform parents. “We will be using Whatsapp and other media platforms to get notification and information regarding the efficacy of the vaccines,” Dr. James Bridgers, a county health official, told reporters Thursday.

    The county’s department of health is working with schools to identify and prioritize students who are immunocompromised. The department is also contracting teams to provide rotating pop-up clinics in areas of the county of greatest need on behalf of the African American Health Program and other minority health initiatives.

    Dr. Earl Stoddard, the county’s chief administrative officer, told reporters Thursday they’re working to make sure vaccines are accessible to all communities.

    “We’re obviously keenly aware of the fact that we have continued to keep kids educated while at schools and so many of these hours are going to be at nights and weekends,” Stoddard said.

    Here are the schools and community sites that will be offering vaccination clinics. Their days and hours of operations have not yet been finalized:

    For a map of sites click here

    Argyle Middle School

    Banneker Middle School

    Dennis Ave Health Center

    East County Recreational Center

    Eastern Middle School

    Forest Oak Middle School

    Francis Scott Key Middle School

    Julius West Middle School

    Lakeforest Mall

    Loiederman Middle School

    Montgomery College Germantown Campus

    Montgomery College Rockville

    Montgomery Village Middle School

    Roberto Clemente Middle School

    Silver Spring Civic Building

    Coming Soon! COVID-19 Vaccinations for 5 to 11 Year Old

    Coming Soon! COVID-19 Vaccinations for 5 to 11 Year Olds

    Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for 5-to-11-year-olds is expected to be authorized for emergency use in the coming days. MCPS is partnering with the county’s Department of Health and Human Services and Holy Cross Hospital to offer a number of free vaccination clinics for children at schools and county sites once the vaccine is available. Clinic dates, times and locations will be released soon. Parents/guardians who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine and would like one, or those who need a booster, will be able to do so at these clinics as well.

    Student Vaccination

    Preparing to Return to School

    A reminder and #repost from our partners @EveryMindInc

    As summer winds down, we are prepping for a return to school and, for many, a return to in-person work at the office. Events in the news and the changing landscape of the pandemic have given us real reasons to feel an incredible range of mixed emotions. Excitement for our children to return to critical social settings. Anxiety for their safety. Relief for some normalcy. Yearning to provide our children with the tools they need to thrive.

    EveryMind is here to support you and your children. Reach out to us for supportive listening and resources, including trainings to identify signs of mental health distress in your kids, yourself, and your loved ones.

    Please share our hotline information with your children and teens. Many have anxieties about returning to school after nearly 18 months away, and we are here for them, too.

    EveryMind Hotline Call or Text: 301.738.2255 Chat: Every-Mind.org/chat/

    Covid -19 Vaccine information for Maryland

    For a complete list of COVID-19 vaccination clinics, visit https://covidvax.maryland.gov/ MARYLAND IS IN PHASE 1C:
    • All licensed, registered and certified health care providers
    • Front line hospital staff
    • Nursing home residents and staff
    • Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
    • Assisted living, independent living, behavioral health and developmentally disabled group homes, and other congregate facilities
    • Law enforcement and firefighters, EMS
    • Education staff, including K-12 teachers, support staff and daycare providers
    • Correctional health care staff and officers
    • Public safety workers not covered in Phase 1A
    • Health care workers not covered in Phase 1A, including but not limited
    • to lab services, public health, vaccine manufacturing and other health care professions
    • Front line judiciary staff
    • Continuity of government
    • Food/agriculture production, critical manufacturing, U.S. Postal Service, public mass transit, grocery store employees
    • Veterinarians and support staff
    • Clergy and other essential support for houses of worship
    • Adults age 65 and older
    If you are included in one of the groups listed above, you are currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

    At this time, the federal government is giving the state approximately 10,000 doses/day for over 1.5 million people who are eligible. Supply is very limited.

    Find a Vaccination Clinic Near You

    If you are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, enter your address, ZIP code or location here to find a vaccination clinic near you.

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    Montgomery County Food Access Center for Food Assistance Resources

    The Montgomery County Food Access Center has a launched a dedicated webpage for food assistance requests

    Residents looking for information on food assistance resources can now request help by completing a simple online form.

    Available in seven languages (Amharic, Chinese, English, French, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese), the form is reviewed by a trained resource specialist, and residents receive a return phone call within one business day.

    The specialist will determine a resident’s individual food needs and help them locate food assistance in their community. No Personally identifiable information is needed to get help.

    Information is available about free food distribution sites, free meal and grocery delivery, SNAP (Food Stamps), local food assistance providers, and other resources in Montgomery County. Residents can also call 311 and ask for the Food Access Call Center to get help with their food needs.

    The Food Access Call Center opened in June 2020 and has been working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to address the increasing need for food assistance across the County. As of mid-December, the Food Access Call Center has responded to more than 2,000 calls/referrals.

    Covid -19 Vaccine information for Montgomery County

    Current County Covid-19 Vaccination Data

    Montgomery County’s has a new Vaccination Update page on its website that’s updated regularly. See it here. This is in addition to the county’s Covid-19 webpage, which is more comprehensive.

    If you want to be kept right up to the minute, you can sign up to get COVID-19 vaccine updates by email or text here. Just provide your email or cell number, press ‘submit,’ and you’llon the list to get alerts automatically.

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    Important Update: MCPS to provide triple meal service on Fridays for *All* County Children and Students

    Montgomery County Public Schools is providing curbside meal service at 74 school sites. Breakfast and lunch meals will be provided from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (double meals) and Friday (no meal service on Thursday). The district is increasing to a triple meal service on Fridays, beginning Sept. 18, to help address food insecurity for MCPS students over the weekend.  The USDA has granted waivers which again permit meal distribution to all youth 18 and under. MCPS students over 18 will need to provide a student id to pick up meals. Student names will be required for meal pick up. All sites are outside, and we ask that you wear a facemask and practice physical/social distancing as you pick up meals. Menu information is available on the main Menu webpage. Allergens, nutrients and other information can be found on the Wellness & Nutrition webpage.

     

    The district will also continue to partner with local nonprofits, faith-based organizations, county government agencies, and others to provide food and other critical resources to the community. Additionally, families are encouraged to visit Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Food Resource page for additional resources.

    For sites and more information visit this MCPS webpage
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