When to Test
- If you have symptoms, test immediately.
- If you were exposed to COVID-19 and do not have symptoms, wait at least 5 full days after your exposure before testing. If you test too early, you may be more likely to get an inaccurate result.
- Consider testing before contact with someone at high risk for severe COVID-19, especially if you are in an area with a medium or high COVID-19 Community Level.
- The Health Department is no longer offering nasal swab PCR testing for COVID-19 effective 12pm, 11/29/23.
- Testing is available through many pharmacies, including CVS and Walgreens.
- Search for available PCR testing through the CDC’s Testing Locator website.
At-home self-tests detect current infection and give you results in 15-30 minutes.
The Food and Drug Administration recommends people who get an initial negative result on an at-home test, take at least one more test 48 hours later. Take a third test, 48 hours after the second, if the second test was negative and you don’t have symptoms.
To get at-home tests:
- The Health Department has free at-home test kits available while supplies last. You can get them at any branch of the Queen Anne's County Public Library.
- As of September 25, 2023, you can order free test kits online from the federal government again. Visit the US Postal Service website to order.
- Talk to your insurance company. They may cover all or part of the cost of at-home tests.
- Ask your primary care provider if they have free test kits available.
Expiration Dates Extended on Many At-Home Tests
Many at-home COVID-19 tests have had their expiration dates extended. The Food & Drug Administration has a comprehensive table where you can look up the tests you have at home to see if they are good to continue using or should be disposed of.
At home COVID-19 Test Kits are available to the public from the health department during regular business hours (M-F, 8am-430pm). Businesses and organizations interested in distributing a supply of test kits to their staff and others are encouraged to contact the Emergency Preparedness office at the health department.
FDA AT-HOME TEST KIT EXPIRATION DATES
COVID-19 VACCINE IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
On September 12th, 2023, the CDC authorized an updated version of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines for everyone ages 6 months and older. These vaccines have been updated for the 2023-2024 respiratory virus season, and they target the most prevalent COVID virus variant, XBB.1.5.
The previous versions of COVID-19 vaccine, including the bivalent vaccine, are no longer authorized or available in the U.S.
Stay up to date on vaccinations for the greatest protection against COVID-19!
The updated COVID-19 vaccine is available at many pharmacies in the area. Please check with your pharmacy if you are interested in receiving the updated COVID-19 vaccine. The QACDOH will have a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine, for children ages 5yo-18yo, who are uninsured or underinsured, through the Maryland Vaccines for Children program. Please contact the health department at 410-758-0720 with any questions.
Visit myirmobile.com to check and verify your vaccination status. You can print official certificates of vaccination from this page as well.
Additionally, the health department has a small supply of COVID-19 vaccine through the Bridge Access Program. To qualify you must be 19 years of age or older and uninsured or under-insured. Please contact the health department.
ISOLATION & QUARANTINE
If you have COVID-19, you can spread the virus to others. Isolation is used to separate people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 from those without COVID-19.
It can be confusing to know when and for how long to isolate from others if you have COVID-19. The CDC provides more information on their website, including a calculator to give you specific guidance.
CDC ISOLATION CALCULATOR
Visit the Maryland Department of Health and CDC's Novel Coronavirus pages linked below for more information.Maryland Department of Health - Novel CoronavirusCDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)