CENTREVILLE — COVID testing in Queen Anne’s County is on the rise with over 300 individuals tested on Wednesday, Nov. 18, and a high turnout expected again Thursday. These numbers are up from the 100 or so they have been seeing each testing day.

Queen Anne’s County Health Department is not doing a rapid test, but they do recommend if someone gets a negative rapid test result to visit the health department for the PCR test which is more accurate. The average time to get results has been two days, but with the increase of testing statewide it may take a little longer to get results back, said Queen Anne’s Community Affairs Specialist Beth Malasky. On Wednesday, Nov. 18, Queen Anne’s County was reporting 1,012 positive test results, and last week they reported the first COVID related fatality since the beginning of summer.

Malasky attributes the rise in testing to people giving attention to the governor’s recent press conferences urging testing and COVID precautions, and also to anticipated travel or visits with family for the holidays.

The 7-day positivity rate in Queen Anne’s County was 8.7 % as of Wednesday morning’s reporting — with 25.24 positive test results per 100,000 people.

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