CAMDEN, NJ — Camden County residents are advised to take note of updated coronavirus testing hours, put in place due to lower demand, and an upcoming delivery of Johnson & Johnson vaccines this week.
The county, which reached 39,764 cases and 1,068 deaths on Wednesday, is seeing 60% fewer new cases each day today compared to November, according to officials.
Some testing changes
As of Sunday, the county's test location at the Camden County Public Works complex in Lindenwold will be open Tuesday but no longer test on Saturdays.
Testing hours at the other county sites, including those in Camden city, will not change.
“We have observed a concurrent reduction in testing appointments at our sites, as cases throughout Camden County and the region have continued to fall. At this time, there is still a need for testing in our community, but the demand has diminished,” Commissioner Director Lou Cappelli said in a statement.
Also playing a role in the decision, Cappelli stated, was increased testing at Rite Aid, CVS and other local healthcare providers. Opportunities to get tested will be continued to be added or scaled back based on need, he said.
Testing at the Camden County Cherry Hill campus and another Cooper University Health Care’s main campus at the intersection of Broadway and Martin Luther King Boulevard will not change its hours.
Camden city test locations, which don't require appointments, are available at the following:
- Mondays: Veterans Memorial School will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The school is in the Cramer Hill neighborhood located at 800 N 26th St, Camden, 08105.
- Wednesdays" Cooper Poynt School will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The school is in the North Camden neighborhood and located at 201 State St, Camden, 08102.
- Thursdays "Dr. Charles Brimm Medical Arts High School will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The school is in the Whitman Park neighborhood located at 1626 Copewood St, Camden, 08103.
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The Department of Public Works Complex will run Tuesdays at the Charles Deplama Public Works Complex - located at 2311 Egg Harbor Road in Lindelwold - from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Johnson & Johnson vaccines
A delivery of 6,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines, which require one shot, are scheduled to arrive this week.
The county-run vaccine site at Camden County College's Blackwood campus will look to bolster its efforts - already processing over 31,000 appointments. Jefferson Health and Cooper Hospital, which partnered with the county and the Rutgers School of Nursing to make the site possible, has already booked more than 75,000 appointments.
"The availability of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine provides a third weapon in the battle against COVID-19. Our goal is to use these 6,000 J&J single-dose vaccines to vaccinate as many seniors, members of vulnerable populations, daycare workers and teachers, as possible, in accordance with state criteria,” said Brian Sweeney, president and COO of Jefferson Health - New Jersey. “If you have the opportunity to receive this single-dose vaccine, I encourage you to do so. According to Infectious Diseases experts, ‘the best vaccine is the one you can get the soonest.’”
The county vaccine center is open by appointment-only Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are available at camdencountyvaccine.com.
Eligibility extends to the following:
- Persons aged 65 and older
- Persons aged 16 to 64 years old, who have at least one of the following chronic medical conditions that poses high-risk for severe COVID-19:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Down syndrome
- Heart conditions (including heart failure, coronary artery disease, and cardiomyopathy)
- Obesity (BMI greater than 30)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type-2 diabetes
- Immunocompromised due to organ transplant (talk to your doctor)
- Pregnancy (talk to your doctor)
Starting March 15 it will be available for:
- Educators, including support staff, in pre-K through 12th grade settings;
- Childcare workers in licensed and registered settings;
- Public and local transportation workers, including bus, taxi, rideshare, and airport employees; NJ TRANSIT workers; and Motor Vehicle Commission staff;
- Public safety workers who are not sworn law enforcement or fire professionals, including probation officers and fire safety inspectors;
- Migrant farmworkers;
- Members of tribal communities; and,
- Individuals experiencing homelessness and those living in shelters, including domestic violence shelters.
As of March 29, it will be available for the following essential frontline workers:
- Food production, agriculture, and food distribution;
- Eldercare and support;
- Warehousing and logistics;
- Social services support staff;
- Elections personnel;
- Medical supply chain;
- Postal and shipping services;
- Clergy; and,
- Judicial system.
Camden County's vaccine hotline can be reached at (856) 549-0530.