Barbara Brookmyer COVID

Frederick County health officer for Dr. Barbara Brookmyer announces that a person in Frederick County has tested positive for the new coronavirus disease. The person is a woman in her 30s.

The county's chief health officer urged anyone who thinks they might have been exposed to the novel coronavirus to get tested.

During a press briefing Thursday, Dr. Barbara Brookmyer said there is testing capacity available countywide, whether through the Walmart on Guilford Drive, five CVS pharmacies, urgent care centers, the drive-through site run by Frederick Health Hospital at Frederick Health Village off of Monocacy Boulevard or other locations.

"Some people are concerned they need to save the tests for people who are really sick," Brookmyer said. "There is ample availability now and people do not need to restrict the testing for those who are high-risk for complications."

Danielle Haskin, director of the county health department's community testing program, said the county's health department will also start offering testing at public clinics, pop-up clinics and closed clinics for specific groups.

Haskin said public clinics will be at Brunswick in future weeks on Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. and Thurmont on Fridays from 5-7 p.m., both at locations announced at a later date.

She added any group or organization who wants to host a clinic should email dhaskin@frederickcountymd.gov with the following info:

  • The population that would come to their clinic
  • The number of people who would attend
  • Whether the clinic will be public or private
  • The days/hours the clinic would be operating

Brookmyer said health officials recommend people who think they were exposed to the coronavirus get tested 12 days after that occurred. Those residents should quarantine themselves until they get the test results.

Those who are tested too early might get a negative result because the test could not detect the virus yet, Brookmyer said.

"If it was negative, and they didn't have symptoms, it could be they were tested too early in their disease course and should be looking at getting retested," she said.

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Steve Bohnel is the county government reporter for the Frederick News-Post. He can be reached at sbohnel@newspost.com. He graduated from Temple University, with a journalism degree in May 2017, and is a die-hard Everton F.C. fan.

(4) comments

benedictus

I'm surprised that they'd want people to wait 12 days - I thought that generally, most people that were going to be symptomatic became so around day 3-5, and that people taking closer to 2 weeks were outliers. I'd suspect that if we tell people to isolate for 12 days before being tested, they'll isolate for a few days, and then get bored right around the time when they might be infectious and not know it.

DickD

Now this makes good sense. .Why get tested if you are not being exposed and have no symptoms.

Reader1954

if they think they had it and have been out and about what is the point of being tested and quarenteenin until you get the results? Kind of like closing the barn door after the horse has left.

LocalMom

Think of it as though the horse farted. Trying to keep the gas in the barn & let anyone know that might have been exposed.

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