Worcester County Health Department: Rapid Test Available at Libraries, more on the way per Gov. Order

SNOW HILL, Md- The COVID-19 Omicron variant is leading many people to look for at-home rapid testing before they spend some holiday time with loved ones this holiday season.

The Worcester County Health Department tells 47 ABC, that they along with Wicomico and Somerset Counties have been distributing the rapid tests to area libraries, and offering a drop-off service of the tests to those who want to get checked.

“We are distributing around 300 tests between our 5 locations, and as far as we are able to see those tests are still available,” said Worcester County Health Department Public Information Officer Travis Brown.

Brown says, more tests are on the way through the state system, per an order from Governor Larry Hogan to increase their supply after an 11% jump in cases was reported state-wide. Worcester Counties’ numbers are unavailable due to a systems outage in the reporting software according to Brown.

While those tests are on the way, they may not come in time for those looking to get a test before the holiday weekend.

“I know that our department had requested additional supply again just to make sure we have enough to meet the local need here in Worcester since we get those every two weeks I would hope those additional tests would be coming in either later this month at the end of December or the beginning or the early part of January,” he said.

Brown tells us if you are able to get a test, to use it as soon as possible, to prevent spread, give time to cancel travel plans and book a possible PCR follow up test to be more secure in your COVID-19 status.

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