I would like to acknowledge, compliment, and thank the many people involved in setting up and running the COVID-19 testing program at Frederick Health.

I arrived at the drive-thru Frederick Health testing site off of Monocacy Boulevard in the dark and fog last Friday, to get a screening test for an upcoming outpatient procedure. What I found was an impressively well designed and efficient process being carried out by staff who clearly cared about the important work they were doing.

I counted at least 50 cars ahead of mine in the line that had formed before 7 a.m., but I was heading back home within about 45 minutes. The test results (thankfully negative) were sent to my doctor within a few hours, and I received a call confirming the results over the weekend. Kudos to all involved.

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snallygaster

Frederick County has now been at over ten new cases per 100K of total population for three days in a row. IIRC Jan said that would be her trigger to begin tightening restrictions again. I expect to see an announcement tomorrow, most likely rolling back dining-in capacity and hours for restaurants and bars.

bosco

Serious question. What good did getting tested do if you are symptom free? Can you stop wearing a mask to protect others? One could get a negative test today and get infected tomorrow.

Anybody with a nursing or medical background know?

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threecents

Many people are symptom-free and have the virus and spread it. If you are symptom-free and test positive, you self-quarantine and do not have elective medical procedures. Obviously, front line people need to be tested whether or not they have symptoms. If everyone could get tested, we could wipe out the disease. Trump's resistance to having widespread testing is one way he has contributed to the spread of the pandemic.

bosco

Threecents, what are your views on mask wearing once a vaccine is available?

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Dwasserba

I know! Plus they maintain a sense of humor!

threecents

I got to my appointment for a Covid test at CVS a few minutes early, but there were two cars ahead of me. It took another half hour before they got to me and then another 20 minutes before I was done. I got the results in 3 days, though the web site said it could take a week. That was about a month ago. At that time Frederick Health Monocacy was likewise doing the PCR test. Good that they switched to the quick lateral flow test. Not sure if CVS has.

rlmmkm

I agree with you 100%. I also went to the testing site for a pre-op screening, 100% efficient. There was a young man named Christopher working that day. It was cold, rainy and miserable but he kept up a quick pace moving from car to car getting Id's, explaining the process and in general, moving things along. He is a true professional.

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