Free At-home COVID-19 PCR Test Kits Available at Multiple Locations in Montgomery County

by Patrick Herron
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Per Montgomery County:
Montgomery County residents can pick up free at-home polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test kits at locations throughout the community. The “20/20 GeneSystems” tests are available to County residents while supplies last. Residents can receive a maximum of two test kits per person (each kit contains one test) per visit.

In-person PCR testing continues at multiple sites throughout the community. A schedule of testing locations can be found at the County’s website.

Pickup locations and hours:

Bauer Drive Community Recreation Center. 14625 Bauer Drive, Rockville.

  • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
  • Closed: Sunday

Nancy H. Dacek North Potomac Community Recreation Center. 13850 Travilah Road, Rockville.

  • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
  • Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday

Dennis Avenue Health Center. 2000 Dennis Ave., Silver Spring.

  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All days.

East County Community Recreation Center. 3310 Gateshead Manor Way, Silver Spring.

  • 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday
  • Closed: Sunday

PlumGar Community Recreation Center. 19561 Scenery Drive, Germantown.

  • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
  • Closed: Sunday

Wheaton Community Recreation Center. 11701 Georgia Avenue, Wheaton.

  • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday
  • 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday
  • 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

If you are unable to access COVID test kits due to a disability, you can request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act by contacting 240-777-2982.

How to use your at-home PCR test kit:

  • Read the instructions before beginning. See detailed instructions (PDF).
  • Prepare your surface.
  • Collect your specimen.
  • Prepare your specimen for return.
  • Return your specimen to a drop box. Test kits are picked up from drop boxes daily.
  • Within 48 hours, get your result email. You can also see your test result online.

Residents should bring proof of residency when picking up tests. Examples of that proof include a driver’s license or bill that shows that the individual is a resident of Montgomery County.

Test kits are registered by the individual taking the test and emailed. Results will be available within 48 hours of test kit returns. Test kits are picked up from drop-off boxes daily.

More information on COVID-19 and the County’s response is available on the COVID-19 website.

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