COVID-19 Testing and FAQs

COVID-19 is a global health crisis and is impacting over tens of thousands of patients. FirstCall Medical Center is here to provide Rapid COVID-19 Testing.

First Call Medical Center Rapid COVID-19 Testing FAQs: No Appointment needed for Rapid Testing

FirstCall Medical Center provides new rapid testing in Anne Arundel County for our patients and provides results as fast as possible.

COVID-19 testing procedures and policies are as follows:

  • Open from 8AM to 8PM Seven Days a Week
  • Check with insurance PRIOR to coming to ensure it will be covered.
  • Bring ID and insurance information
  • We see everyone but we do not participate with Medstar and out of state Medicaid/Kaiser Medicaid
  • COVID testing line closes based on volume. We reserve the right to close early due to volume.
  • Separate COVID testing facility sanitized between patients.
  • COVID patients are not seen in our main facility so people can feel safe and secure coming to our main clinic for all their healthcare needs.
  • Testing Types: PCR tests, combined Flu/coronavirus tests, coronavirus rapid test, rapid coronavirus PCR test (only for people who are traveling and need a PCR) all depending on availability and national supply. We also offer rapid flu, rapid strep, rapid mono, rapid RSV tests.
  • We cannot have patients come inside to use our restrooms who are in the COVID testing line. We have outside bathroom facilities for patient use that are cleaned frequently.
  • Sometimes due to volume we will shut the line down temporarily. We work very fast and efficiently, however, we give every patient the time and care they deserve.

Please be patient. We are working as fast and efficiently as possible in the middle of a global pandemic to ensure that our patients are safely tested. 

COVID-19 FAQs for Patients

Patients that most likely have exposure to COVID-19 meet the following three criteria:

  1. Traveled to another country in the last 30 days
  2. If you had direct contact with another patient with a confirmed case of COVID-19
  3. If a patient has been exposed to COVID-19 and is shown to be symptomatic

Additionally, since COVID-19 rates are skyrocketing nationally, any patient that has prolonged exposure in large groups of people or elsewhere is likely to have exposure. If you believe you are at risk please contact the Maryland Department of Public Health.

COVID-19 Information, Resources, and Updates

CDC Updates on COVID-19:
The Centers for Disease Control are constantly providing status updates, information, and prevention resources for COVID-19.

WHO Updates on COVID-19:
The World Health Organization is monitoring the progress of COVID-19 globally to measure total cases, risks, and how much the virus is spreading.

Maryland Department of Public Health COVID-19 Updates: 
The Maryland Department of Health continues to monitor the current cases in the state as well as emergency updates for closures, stay-at-home orders, and critical information for residents.

Simple and Effective COVID-19 Prevention

Leading public health experts strongly encourage patients to continue self-quarantine at home, limiting outside travel, and maintaining sanitary households through handwashing and cleaning. Communities across the state continue to fight the challenges related to COVID-19. Making the tough decisions to stay at home and reduce contact with others is crucial to reducing the spread of the virus.

Per the CDC: As with other respiratory viruses, we recommend people protect themselves and others by practicing everyday actions:

  • Clean hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Get an annual flu vaccine if you have not had one.