PHOTO RELEASE: White House visits State Center site to recognize Maryland’s success in test-to-treat and COVID vaccination efforts

June 17, 2022

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PHOTO RELEASE: White House visits State Center site to recognize Maryland’s success in test-to-treat and COVID vaccination efforts

Baltimore, MDMaryland Department of Health (MDH) Secretary Dennis R. Schrader and representatives from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), and Johns Hopkins Medicine today visited the State Center Vaccination, Testing, and Treatment Site (300 W. Preston Street) to highlight Maryland’s expansion of testing provider infrastructure to address COVID-19 and successful vaccination efforts. The State Center site offers one-stop COVID-19 services, including vaccinations, testing and treatment, at no cost to visitors.

The State Center is jointly operated by MDH, UMMC and Johns Hopkins Medicine and is a staple of Gov. Larry Hogan. COVIDReady Maryland Initiative to Keep Maryland Families Safe.

On Friday, officials from the Maryland Department of Health, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for Pandemic Preparedness, the University of Maryland Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Medicine visited the vaccination site. , Testing and Treatment of the State Center.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved, Governor Hogan, the Maryland Department of Health, and our partners across the state have worked and continue to work, day in and day out, in a coordinated way to stay proactively in the fight against this still deadly virus,” said MDH Secretary Dennis R. Schrader. “State Center is a great example of our adapting to meet the current needs of the pandemic and helping Marylanders stay COVID Ready.”

The State Center began offering Test to Treat services onsite in May to improve and expand existing testing and vaccination efforts. Pictured (left to right) are Lisa Hoemeke, PA, Bnita Bhusal, Glorimar Rivera, Ruth Woldesenbet, MDH Secretary Dennis R. Schrader, Dr. Matthew Hepburn, Dr. Charles Callahan, Dr. Mindy Kantsiper and Dr. David Marcozzi.

Through the Test to Treat program, which launched nationwide in March, people can get tested and – if they test positive and the treatments are right for them – receive a prescription from a healthcare provider. (on site or via telehealth) and have their prescription filled in one place. Maryland now has over 85 Test to Treat locations which can be found by visiting the test locator at covidTEST.maryland.gov.

People can also be tested and treated by their own health care providers, community health care clinics, and telehealth providers who can appropriately prescribe oral antivirals where the drugs are dispensed.

Dr. Matthew Hepburn speaks after a tour of the State Center’s vaccination, testing and treatment site on Friday. He is accompanied (left to right) by Dr. David Marcozzi, Dr. Charles Callahan, Secretary Dennis R. Schrader and Dr. Melinda Kantsiper.

“We are here today with a team from the White House to say thank you,” said Dr. Matthew Hepburn, senior adviser, Office of Science and Technology Policy, White House. “This operation is extraordinarily impressive and unique. We can learn lessons from visits like this, and that can inform our national response. »

For more information on COVID-19 resources, visit covidLINK.maryland.gov.

To schedule a COVID -19 vaccination appointment, visit covidvax.maryland.gov or call the GoVAX call center at 1-855-MD-GOVAX.

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