Letter: New COVID-19 Testing Site Opens Wednesday

January 18, 2022

Dear UMB Community,
 
A new COVID-19 walk-up testing site will open Wednesday, Jan. 19, that is conveniently located for the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) community.
 
The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the Maryland National Guard will operate a testing site in the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) Modular Care Unit, atop the Paca-Pratt parking lot, at 110 S. Paca St. (Please note that UMMC is merely serving as a host site and is not involved in operations.)
 
The site will be open to all community members daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tests are free and available on a walk-up basis. A queue for individuals seeking testing will be set up along Lombard and Greene streets. Community members who drive will be instructed to park in the Medical Center Garage, Redwood Garage, Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor garage, or Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel garage. For more UMMC parking information, click here.
 
You may want to consider alternate routes to avoid any potential crowds when walking between the Paca-Pratt parking lot and the hospital. 
 
Please be prepared for the possibility of extended wait times, and dress warmly in anticipation of cold temperatures.
 
Only polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests will be offered at this site. Results will take 24 to 48 hours in most cases, so please plan accordingly.
 
Before visiting any COVID-19 testing site, please verify its operating status. Severe weather, holidays, and case surges could impact operations and hours. Visit COVIDtest.maryland.gov for contact information, the latest hours, and listings of other testing sites across the state. Every morning, MDH also updates hours of its sites on its Twitter account, @MDHealthDept.
 
For additional options, the Baltimore City Health Department lists a weekly schedule of testing and vaccination sites here.
 
We hope that the UMB community will take advantage of these options to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
 
For guidance on what to do if you test positive, have symptoms, or had close contact with someone infected with COVID-19, visit the COVID-19 Isolation/Quarantine Protocols page.
 
UMB Recovery Task Force