The Star Democrat

Dorchester Health Dept. expands drive-thru testing

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CAMBRIDGE — As COVID-19 cases surge locally and statewide, the Dorchester County Health Department has expanded free drive-thru testing to Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon on both days, weather permitting and with the exception of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 17.

The health department has also relocated drivethru testing to the former Dorchester General Hospital at 300 Byrn Street in Cambridge for the month of January. The entrance is via Aurora Street and traffic exits onto Franklin Street. No appointmen­t is needed for drive-thru testing. Masks are required.

Additional­ly, testing is available throughout the week by appointmen­t at our COVID-19 Satellite Center, located at 103 Cedar Street in Cambridge. There is a high volume of calls coming in to the health department; if you cannot reach them at 410-228-0235, try calling again.Testing flyers are attached.

Moderna and Pfizer vaccinatio­ns are also available to those age 12 and up, with boosters also available for ages 16 and older. Vaccinatio­ns are available from Tuesday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the health department’s main building located at 3 Cedar Street.

A Pfizer clinic for ages 5-11 will be held 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 8. Pre-registrati­on is available online, or call 410228-0235 to make an appointmen­t.

The CDC has expressed a clinical preference for individual­s to receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (such as Pfizer and Moderna) over Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.

The state of Maryland’s COVID-19 dashboard at https://coronaviru­s.maryland.gov/ has also been restored after an outage.

As of Jan. 2, Dorchester’s 7-day average positivity was 27.53% (26.87% statewide).

As of Jan. 2, Dorchester’s 7-day average new case rate was 218.34 (195.02 statewide).

 ?? PHOTO BY MIKE DETMER ?? Dorchester County Health Department’s Satellite Center
PHOTO BY MIKE DETMER Dorchester County Health Department’s Satellite Center

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