We are over seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, and most places of work are still struggling to find a balance between keeping the community safe and keeping their team members employed. While local restaurants and shops in College Park are taking all of the precautions that they can to slow the spread of the virus, the amount of daily new cases is climbing back up statewide. For this reason, we urge individuals to continue following guidelines recommended by the CDC, and to utilize free testing services provided by Prince George’s County and other local clinics.
In order to promote the safety of its residents, the Prince George’s County Health Department is providing free COVID-19 testing across the County. Last Friday, they organized a pop-up testing site on Diamondback Drive behind The Hotel, offering free drive-in and walk-up testing to anyone who presented identification. Between the hours of 9:00 and 11:00 a.m., individuals lined up both on foot and in vehicles to receive a test, whether or not they were showing symptoms.
While last week’s pop-up site was a one-time event, the Health Department continues to offer free COVID-19 testing every week at the following locations:
- Cheverly Health Center (Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
- First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville (Monday, Thursday, and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
- D. Leonard Dyer Regional Health Center (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
According to the County’s website, individuals who seek a test “do not need an appointment, a doctor’s prescription, or insurance to get tested.” However, they will be required to show identification, similar to the pop-up sites. Additional information and updates regarding these testing sites can be found on the website.
Individuals can also receive free testing from certain clinics and pharmacies in the area, such as Express Healthcare LLC, which is located across the street from Campus Village Shoppes at 4701 Melbourne Pl. This health clinic is open for testing every day of the week. To receive a test, patients must make an appointment online, and they will be asked to provide their insurance information or their social security number (if they do not have health insurance).
Of course, these testing services are in no way a substitute for taking taking precautionary measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, and we must continue to follow the CDC’s guidelines. However, with the highly contagious nature of the virus, COVID-19-testing is strongly encouraged for individuals who suspect that they may have been exposed. For additional COVID-19 resources, please visit our COVID-19 Resources page, and stay safe!