News Release, St. Mary’s County Health Department

LEONARDTOWN, MD (July 17, 2020) – Due to high summer temperatures and a concern for the safety of staff and community members, St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) is changing its hours of operation for COVID-19 testing offered outside of the Harm Reduction Program Office in Lexington Park. 

Beginning July 20th, daily appointment-free testing will be available from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m, Monday through Friday. The SMCHD Harm Reduction Program Office is located at 46035 Signature Lane in Lexington Park, MD 20653 (co-located with the U-Haul Moving & Storage of Lexington Park). 

SMCHD COVID-19 Testing:

  • Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Appointment-free
  • No doctor’s order needed
  • Free of Charge (no out-of-pocket cost, co-payment, co-insurance, etc.)
  • Bring health insurance information and identification, if possible – Uninsured community members welcome 
  • Walk up for testing, parking is available
  • For assistance or accommodations, call ahead to (301) 862-1680

Visit for more information.

“We have tested over 1,000 community members at this site in two weeks of operating,” said Terry Prochnow, Director of Public Health Preparedness & Response at SMCHD. “The heat poses new challenges but we are looking into other options for future events at varying times and locations to ensure that COVID-19 testing is available in our community.”

Who should get tested?

  • Anyone showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • Close contacts (even if they do not have symptoms) of persons who have COVID-19
  • Those attending events where social distancing is not maintained
  • Anyone returning from out-of-state travel, particularly from areas with rising case rates
  • Community members without symptoms (asymptomatic) may also get tested

Please visit the St. Mary’s County Health Department’s website for local COVID-19 updates, data, and information at or call the COVID-19 Community Hotline at 301-475-4911 (Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) to get your questions answered.