December 15, 2022
Chase Cook, Acting Director of Communications, 410-767-3536
Maryland Department of Health and Partners Increase Access to COVID Treatment in Baltimore
State Center and Infusion Center Offer Affordable Treatment Test and Infusion Treatments to Keep Marylanders COVIDReady
Baltimore, MD— As Marylanders head into the holidays and COVID cases begin to rise, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and partners are offering increased access to COVID treatment in State Center for Vaccination, Testing and Treatment (300 W. Preston Street) and nearby BCCFH Infusion Center to address a growing need for accessible, potentially life-saving COVID services.
The state center has expanded its hours for Test to Treat (T2T) services, open six days a week, and the BCCFH Infusion Center now offers infusion of remdesivir seven days a week for patients for whom oral antivirals are not recommended. Oral antiviral drugs and remdesivir are now the only two treatments available to Maryland residents because the FDA no longer approves monoclonal antibodies for use in the treatment of COVID.
The State Center and Infusion Center are managed by BCCFH’s COVID Task Forcelong-standing partnership between MDH, The University of Maryland Medical System and Johns Hopkins Medicine are offering free COVID testing, treatment and vaccination services to Maryland residents.
“Being prepared for COVID means knowing what to do if you test positive for COVID before it happens, and treatment can mean the difference between a mild case or severe illness and hospitalization,” said MDH Secretary Dennis R. Schrader. “The state center and BCCFH Infusion Center are part of more than 90 locations in Maryland that offer Test 2 Treat services to anyone who needs them.”
The BCCFH Infusion Center is one of only two facilities in Maryland offering remdesivir as an outpatient treatment.
“We’re seeing more patients coming in for treatment from all over Maryland,” he said Charles Callahan, DO, director of the BCCFH COVID Task Force and vice president for population health at the University of Maryland Medical Center. ““We’re ready for whatever winter brings, so Marylanders can be, too.”
Test to Treat services are available at the State Center with no appointment necessary:*
Mon: 8 am – 2 pm
Tuesday: 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
Wednesday: 11:30 – 16:00
Thursday: 11:30 – 16:00
Fri: 8 am – 2 pm
Saturday: 11:30 – 13:30
*Please see BCCFH COVID treatment for updates on holiday hours.
There are several other options for Maryland residents to quickly receive potentially life-saving treatment for COVID-19 through COVID treatment program if they test positive for COVID at home. Using this simple online form, anyone can self-refer and answer a few questions to learn if they qualify for treatment. They will be given the option to schedule a telehealth consultation or phone consultation through the site – and if treatment is recommended – have a prescription filled at their nearest participating pharmacy or referral for a remdesivir infusion.
Immunizations, including bivalent boosters, are also available at the Maryland State Center for residents 6 months and older on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8am to 11am. No registration required.
For more information about COVID-19 in Maryland, including treatment options, visit covidLINK.maryland.gov. For the latest data on COVID-19 in Maryland, visit coronavirus.maryland.gov.
Information about treatment for COVID-19 is also available by calling 855-MDGOVAX (855-634-6829). To find a Test to Treat site near you, visit covidTEST.maryland.gov to find one of more than 90 sites nationwide.
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