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Baltimore City Opens Second COVID-19 Testing Site In Druid Hill Park

Maureen Harvie/WYPR

Baltimore Mayor Jack Young announced Tuesday the city is opening a new COVID-19 testing site at Druid Hill Park’s Rawlings Conservatory. 

The site, which opened Tuesday, Baltimore’s second. Pimlico Race Course became the city’s first community testing site earlier this month. Like Pimlico, residents must have an appointment and doctor’s referral to receive a test at the Rawlings Conservatory. 

“Bringing this second testing site online represents a key step for Baltimore City’s response to COVID-19, allowing even more residents to have access to a community-based testing site,” Young said during a news conference. 

The new testing site will feature both drive-in and on-foot options for those with and without access to a vehicle. It is to be operated through a public-private partnership that includes the Maryland Department of Health, Total Health Care, the Baltimore City Health Department and Baltimore’s Office of Emergency Management.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday the purchase of 500,000 COVID-19 tests from South Korea. Mayor Young said the city is hoping to receive a fair share of those tests but that distribution numbers are not yet decided. 

Residents can schedule an appointment through CRISP, the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients, and are encouraged by the city to call their doctor or 2-1-1 for coronavirus symptom screening or to be connected to a physician for assessment. 


Emily Sullivan is a city hall reporter at WYPR, where she covers all things Baltimore politics. She joined WYPR after reporting for NPR’s national airwaves. There, she was a reporter for NPR’s news desk, business desk and presidential conflicts of interest team. Sullivan won a national Edward R. Murrow Award for an investigation into a Trump golf course's finances alongside members of the Embedded team. She has also won awards from the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association for her use of sound and feature stories. She has provided news analysis on 1A, The Takeaway, Here & Now and All Things Considered.
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