The Frederick County Health Department is working on our COVID-19 vaccination plan and is asking for your input. Please take this short, anonymous survey to share your thoughts about a COVID-19 vaccine. Deadline is Friday, December 11th. Thank you!
El Departamento de Salud del Condado de Frederick está trabajando en nuestro plan de vacunación COVID-19 y solicita su opinión. Responda esta breve encuesta anónima para compartir sus pensamientos sobre la vacuna COVID-19. La fecha límite es el viernes 11 de diciembre. ¡Gracias!
The Health Department Community Clinics in the calendar above are low/no barrier clinics aimed to meet the needs of community members who do not have insurance, a regular doctor, transportation to access the other testing resources or other challenges. We do not require registration for our walk up clinics to be as accessible as possible. If you have insurance, a doctor, and a car, please take advantage of some of the drive-thru options listed below.
There are more than 220 testing sites available throughout Maryland. Location, contact, and scheduling information for many of the COVID-19 test sites in Maryland can be found at COVIDtest.Maryland.gov.
Here are some details for COVID-19 testing in Frederick County.
Frederick Health Village (Behind the Walmart on Monocacy Blvd)
1 Frederick Health Way
Frederick, MD 21701
Open Daily from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Testing Criteria: Testing available to all, no symptoms required.
Patients will be notified of their results by phone. The Maryland Department of Health will be notified of any positive COVID-19 results. Specimen collection is nasopharyngeal swabs.
Antibody Testing is Now Available
Antibody testing requires a physician order. Talk to your doctor about whether antibody testing is right for you. More information about antibody testing.
Virtual care is available to anyone by visiting FrederickHealth.zipnosis.com. Online visits are $25, similar to an insurance co-pay. For the latest updates on FHH’s response to COVID-19, you can visit FrederickHealth.org/coronavirus.
1460B West Patrick Street
Frederick, MD 21702
8032 Liberty Road
Frederick, MD 21701
2040 Rosemont Avenue
Frederick, MD 21702
5414 Rotary Avenue
New Market, MD 21774
3350 Worthington Road
Urbana, MD 21704
Frederick County Health Department is providing on-site "pop-up" community diagnostic testing in addition to the existing testing locations around the county. These community testing sites are designed to target vulnerable and minority communities who may be more at-risk for being infected by COVID-19 and who may experience barriers to testing, and provide support to community and faith-based organizations.
For the locations and times of our testing clinics, check out the calendar at the top of this page. Specimen collection is primarily nasopharyngeal swabs, but may be able to be oropharyngeal or anterior nasal swab depending on available supplies.
If you are interested in hosting a testing clinic for your community group, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
We will try to accommodate as many requests as we are able.
Order an at-home test kit from Pixel by LabCorp at https://www.pixel.labcorp.com/at-home-test-kits/covid-19-test. No upfront cost. Must be 18 years or older for this test.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably between people.
Prevent the spread of germs. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, cover your cough/sneeze, avoid touching your face, clean “high touch” surfaces, stay home when sick, wash your hands often, cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. Here are tips:
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings (such as grocery stores and pharmacies). These can help slow the spread of the virus. Cloth face coverings can be made from a scarf, bandana, or you can make one using one of these patterns online. Sew and No-Sew Instructions
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
This list is not all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
If you develop emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get emergency medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include:
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
People of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19:
People of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19:
Children who are medically complex, who have neurologic, genetic, metabolic conditions, or who have congenital heart disease are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 than other children.
COVID-19 is a new disease. Currently there are limited data and information about the impact of underlying medical conditions and whether they increase the risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Based on what we know at this time, people with the following conditions might be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19:
Information for other populations like pregnant people, people experiencing homelessness, and people with disabilities.
Those Who Need Extra Precautions
Extra steps people in higher risk groups or their caretakers can take:
If you are sick with COVID-19, it is important to stop the spread so you don’t infect others. After you are tested, you will be given instructions on how to isolate and other precautions.
If you need a provider, go to www.frederickhealth.org/Find-a-Doctor.aspx
If you do not have Medicaid, Frederick Health Hospital is also providing Virtual Visits for $25: frederickhealth.zipnosis.com
As part of the state's overall response to the coronavirus, and in an effort to prioritize health and safety, Maryland Health Connection opened a new special enrollment period for uninsured Marylanders. If you need a provider, call 301-600-3124 to make a Medicaid enrollment appointment by phone or visit Maryland Health Connection: www.marylandhealthconnection.gov There is a special enrollment period until December 15.
If you have recovered from a confirmed case of COVID-19, visit COVIDConnect for Marylanders. This secure portal is open to all Maryland residents who were confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19 and who are now recovered from their disease. It will be a place for you to share information, promote action and find support.
The purpose of contact tracing is to limit the number of people who will get infected by COVID-19.
If you are confirmed positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by a public health worker to get more information about where you have been and who you have been with.
The contact tracer will help you recall everyone you have had close contact with during the timeframe while you were infectious.
The contact tracer will contact these exposed individuals (contacts) of their potential exposure as rapidly and sensitively as possible.
To protect patient privacy, contacts are only informed that they may have been exposed to a patient with the infection. They are not told the identity of the patient who may have exposed them.
Contacts are provided with education, information, and support to understand their risk, what they should do to separate themselves from others who are not exposed, monitor themselves for illness, and the possibility that they could spread the infection to others even if they themselves do not feel ill.
Contacts are encouraged to stay home and maintain social distance from others (at least 6 feet) until 14 days after their last exposure, in case they also become ill. They should monitor themselves by checking their temperature twice daily and watching for cough or shortness of breath. To the extent possible, public health staff should check in with contacts to make sure they are self-monitoring and have not developed symptoms. Contacts who develop symptoms should promptly isolate themselves and notify public health staff. They should be promptly evaluated for infection and for the need for medical care.
For more information about contact tracing:
Call 211 or 866-411-6803 to reach the local 211 center in Frederick, MD for mental health and health resources and general questions about COVID-19.
Creating a household plan can help protect your health and the health of those you care about in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community. You should base the details of your household plan on the needs and daily routine of your household members. Get Your Household Ready for Coronavirus
For older adults, people at higher risk and their caregivers, click here for additional planning and preparedness tips.
Make sure your all-emergencies preparedness kit also contains these things:
There is widespread, ongoing transmission of novel coronavirus worldwide. CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential international travel. All international travelers should stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice physical distancing.
During this 14-day period, take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:
For more information:
Membership is open to anyone over 18 years of age who is interested in promoting public health and assisting in the event of an emergency. Whether you are an actively licensed health care professional, student, retired health professional or someone with an interest in volunteering during emergencies, you are encouraged to register. Because many health personnel will already be committed to a role during an emergency, there is a need to recruit non-medical personnel who can assist health professionals during emergency responses.
Register today at https://mdresponds.health.maryland.gov/
FCHD is closely monitoring the current situation and taking the following actions: