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September 6, 2020

COVID-19 PCR testing is being provided for free by the State of Delaware.  Any Delaware resident can be tested, without a prescription or doctor's order.  Do not eat, drink, or brush your teeth for 20 minutes prior to the test.


1.  The Delaware Division of Public Health runs free, drive-up testing clinics in the parking lot of one Walgreens in each county, from 9 am to 5 pm, 7 days per week. No appointment is needed.  In New Castle County, you can go to Walgreens, 700 S Ridge Ave, Middletown, DE 19709.

2.  There is a schedule of pop-up clinics; you can make an appointment by email to get tested, here (select your county):

You can also find pop-up testing locations here:  Some of these, but not all, don't need a doctor's order.

3.  Several Rite Aid pharmacies offer free COVID-19 PCR testing in DE, MD and PA, 7 days/week.  No order is needed.  You can be tested regardless if you are symptomatic or not.  ONLY people over age 18 can be tested, not kids.  These tests are run by Google's biotech company, Verily.  There are testing sites in north Wilmington, Bear, and Smyrna.  You can sign up and make an appointment HERE:

4.  Many "Medical Aid Units" (Urgent-Care Centes) offer COVID-19 testing.  The testing itself is free, but they may charge for their provider's services.  You should call them before going; some may require that you make an appointment.  The testing itself is reliable, and it's fine to take your child there for testing.  For other medical care, I don't normally recommend Medical Aid Units for children.

5.  In Maryland, at the moment, the closest free testing site is here:
ExpressCare of Elkton
310 E Pulaski Hwy.
Elkton, MD, 21921
7 Days a week, 10 am to 8 pm.
(443) 485-6213


See the latest Delaware COVID-19 statistics here:


And, finally, click here to read my latest summary about the Coronavirus pandemic.

   --  Dr. Epstein

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