Mobile COVID-19 Testing Unit

Mobile COVID Testing Units

Get directions to the COVID-19 Mobile Testing Units in Howard County
Testing for All Ages
Hours: Monday-Friday 12pm to 7pm
Saturday - Sunday 9am to 5pm (depending on location)

Testing Dates and Locations

Monday (UNIT 1)

Long Reach Village Center
8775 Cloudleap Ct
Columbia, MD 21045
12 PM - 7 PM

Tuesday (UNIT 1)

North Laurel Community Center
9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd
Laurel, MD 20723
12 PM - 7 PM

Wednesday (UNIT 1)

Old Pizza Hut Location
10120 Baltimore Nation Pike Ellicott City, MD 21042
12 PM - 7PM

Thursday (UNIT 1)

Recreation and Parks HQ, 7120
Oakland Mills Rd
Columbia, MD 21046
12 PM - 7 PM

Friday (UNIT 1)

The Elkridge 50+ Center/Elkridge Library 6540 Washington Blvd
Elkridge, MD 21075
12 PM - 7 PM

Monday (UNIT 2)

Old Pizza Hut Location
10120 Baltimore Nation Pike Ellicott City, MD 21042
12 PM - 7PM

Thursday (UNIT 2)

Old Pizza Hut Location
10120 Baltimore Nation Pike Ellicott City, MD 21042
12 PM - 7PM

Friday (UNIT 2)

Old Pizza Hut Location
10120 Baltimore Nation Pike Ellicott City, MD 21042
12 PM - 7PM

Saturday (UNIT 2)

*Testing & Vaccine*
Blandair Park Bus Loop
5750 Oakland Mills Road Columbia, MD 21045
9 AM - 4PM

Sunday (UNIT 2)

* Testing & Vaccine*
Blandair Park Bus Loop
5750 Oakland Mills Road Columbia, MD 21045
9 AM - 4 PM

First Call Urgent Care Mobile Testing Unit:

First Call Urgent Care has expanded COVID-19 testing access by opening up our mobile testing unit! The COVID-19 testing bus is available at multiple locations throughout Howard County so that patients can get testing at a convenient time in a local place. The mobile testing unit is just one of many investment our to ensure that transportation, cost, and access are never an issue for our patients whenever they need medical care. 

Use the buttons above to get directions to the nearest location based on the schedule. Below are some of our more detailed FAQs related to COVID-19 testing at First Call Urgent Care: 

 

COVID-19 FAQs at First Call Urgent Care

Consult our COVID-19 FAQs and Answers:

Q: Do I need an appointment for COVID Testing?  

A: You do not need to schedule an appointment for COVID Testing. You may walk in-to our urgent  care in Maple Lawn, drive up to one our Drive Thru locations or visit one of our Mobile Bus  Testing Sites. So just head to one of our locations at your earliest convenience!

Q: Where are you located? / What is the address? 

A: The schedule widget on our website in the above section has all the times and locations for COVID-19 testing. 

Q: What are your hours for COVID Testing? 

A: The schedule widget on our website in the above section has all the times and locations for COVID-19 testing. 

 Q: What is the cost for COVID Testing? 

A: We do not take payment at time of service or collect up front costs; we will bill your medical  insurance; we recommend your contact your insurance to verify if they will cover testing. If  you do not have medical insurance, we will send the bill to the State of Maryland, the State  has a COVID-19 relief fund set up to coverage the cost of testing for uninsured patients. 

Q: What type of test do you offer? 

A: We offer rapid tests and Prime PCR at all locations.  

Q: Do you offer strep testing at the drive thru and mobile sites as well? 

A: Yes.  If you are positive strep, you can see a provider and be given any necessary prescriptions  at these locations as well. 

Q: I am flying and my airline is requesting I get tested, how many days prior do I need to come in? 

A: Although most airlines require testing within 72 hours of travel, we recommend that you  contact your airlines in advance to confirm their specific requirements and plan your test  accordingly. 

Q: My (relative/ friend/ contact) tested positive for COVID-19 and I was around them, should I get  tested? 

A: YES.  The CDC recommends testing for people that have been exposed to someone that has  tested positive for COVID-19  

Q: I am having symptoms, should I get tested for COVID-19? 

A: YES

Q: I have been vaccinated but am having symptoms.  Should I get tested? 

A: YES 

Q: Someone at my (child’s/ daughter’s/son’s) school has symptoms of COVID-19, do we need to  be tested? 

A: We recommend testing for children that have been exposed and their families should receive  testing as well.  

Q: The school nurse (or sports coach) called and told us that someone tested positive for COVID- 19 at my child’s school or sports team, should my family get tested? 

A: YES.  We recommend testing for children that have been exposed and their families should  receive  testing as well. 

Q: How long will it take for me to receive my result? 

A: Results for the PCR Test are typically ready in the same day (usually within a few hours)  Rapid  test results are available in as little as 15 minutes.  

Q: How will I be notified of my PCR test results? 

A: Patients that test Negative for COVID-19 will receive a text message and email for their PCR  Test. Please make sure that you are checking your Junk/Spam mail. Patients that test Positive  for COVID-19 will receive a telephone call with their results and will also receive an email that  they can print after the nurse has called them. 

Q: Do you do a nasal swab or throat swab? 

A: We perform a nasal swabs for PCR and for Antigen, the swab does not go back far into the  nasal cavity only slightly and enough to collect a specimen.  

Q: What lab do you use for PCR testing and Accuracy? 

A: We offer patients both an Antigen Test and a PCR Test. The PCR Test is considered as the gold  standard and the PCR is the type of test required for air travel. We use our own in-house CLIA  Certified Highly Complex Laboratory.   Accuracy is about 99.99% accurate. 

Q; Do you test children? 

A: YES. We are able to test ages 6 months and older, we have smaller swabs available so that we  are able to safely collect specimens from children with smaller noses. 

Q: Do I need a referral or a doctor’s order to be tested? 

A: No, Our providers will write the order for your test so you will not need to have an order  before you arrive. 

Q: I was exposed but I am not having any symptoms, do I need to get tested or quarantine? 

A; If you need specific instructions regarding quarantine, please head to one of our locations and  the providers will advise you on specific quarantine instructions based on your individual  circumstance, they can also provide you with a letter/ note for work or school if needed. 

Q: If I have had COVID-19 in the past, will I need a retest if I am exposed? 

A: The CDC would not consider it as exposure if you have Tested Positive for COVID-19 within the  last 3 months OR if you have been fully vaccinated. However, if you have symptoms, regardless  of the exposure criteria, you should receive a test. 

Q: My doctor wants me to get a COVID test, can you test me and send my doctor the results? 

A: With your consent we will email you your results and you will also receive access to your  patient portal which will give you access to your results. If you need us to fax your results we  will need a signed Authorization to Release PHI before we can fax the results. We also submit  information to the State of Maryland Department of Health for all testing results. The State  ensures that all records are also available on CRISP for healthcare providers to access. So your  doctor can access them on CRISP as well. 

Q: I was tested a few days ago and was negative but now, I am having symptoms, should I get  another test? 

A: YES. Yes, we are happy to perform another test if you would like. We recommend testing for  anyone that is having symptoms. 

Q: Do you accept insurance? 

A; Yes, we take most insurances, we recommend that you contact your insurance carrier to  understand COVID testing coverage if you have questions about your specific policy. 

Q: Can I get re-tested if I tested positive for COVID and want to get new test to make sure I don’t  have COVID anymore? 

A: Yes. 

Q: What is the name of the Lab you use for Covid testing? 

A: PCR-Centennial Medical Group Laboratory Rapid testing-done through First Call Urgent Care 

Q: Will I see a provider when I am tested? 

A: Our practice, providers and staff are committed to providing all of our patients with the  highest quality testing, care, and treatment. We also hold ourselves accountable to informing  our patients of medical recommendation and CDC guidelines specific to their individual  circumstance. We also want to ensure that our patients and their families have all of their  questions addressed regarding COVID-19 diagnosis, treatment, prevention and guidelines.  With the support of a Registered Nurse and our Clinical Support Team our provider will be able  to perform an e-visit with you to ensure that your visit is safe, thorough and timely. 

Q; Can I be around others after having COVID-19? 

A: Most people can follow the CDC’s three conditions before being around others: 1. It has been  at least 10 days since you first felt sick, AND 2. It has been at least 3 days since you last had a  fever without taking fever-reducing medicine, AND 3. All your other COVID-19 symptoms have  gotten better. 

Q: What forms of ID are accepted? 

A: Any state or government issued ID is acceptable this includes: Driver’s License, Learners  Permits, Provisional Driver’s License, Passport, State Issued ID, foreign issued photo ID,  Military ID 

Q: Will I be able to get tested if I have a past due balance with your office? 

A: YES.  Our practice, providers and staff are committed to providing all of our patients with the  highest quality testing, care, and treatment regardless of outstanding balances. We have  payment plan options available for past due balances.  

Q: What languages are available? 

A: English, Spanish, Korean, French, Igbo, American Sign language, Tagalog  

Q: Do I need to live in the county where I am being tested? 

A: No.  We test patients regardless of county of residence.  

Q: For the Bus Sites, do I have to go inside the bus to be tested? 

A: No. Patients simply walk up to the bus window. Staff will come out of the bus for those with  mobility issues. 

Q: Do I need to be 50 or older to be tested at Elkridge 50+ Center? 
A: No. All ages are accepted at all locations.  

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