CAMDEN, NJ — Camden County officials say they may scale back on COVID-19 testing next week with the influx of other sites coming online, and to better divert its resources during the pandemic. 

“Testing is much more readily available other than through government,” Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli said Tuesday afternoon at a weekly press conference.

The county currently runs three sites: one at Camden County College’s Blackwood campus and two in the city of Camden. But since the outbreak began in March, three area hospitals, health care centers and pharmacies have all added opportunities to access screenings. 

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Cappelli said it may soon not “make as much sense to expend resources” on expansive testing. A list of the county’s updated testing locations is available here.

Specifics on what other resources the county may dedicate its funds toward have not been addressed. 

Even with a small growth rate (1 to 1.5 percent) and 97 percent of patients recovering, the county announced seven additional deaths (339 total) and 52 more cases (6,583) on Tuesday.

“Our overall cases continue to grow at a much lower rate than we saw just a few weeks ago. The residents of Camden County have been incredible in their fight against coronavirus,” Cappelli said. “If we continue to socially distance, wear a mask in public, and practice good hand hygiene, we will beat this virus and save lives in the process.”

Below is a breakdown of the additional deaths announced today:

New Case 1:

 

MALE,

 

80s,

 

Winslow Township

 

New Case 2:

 

FEMALE,

 

60s,

 

Cherry Hill

 

New Case 3:

 

MALE,

 

60s,

 

Camden

 

New Case 4:

 

FEMALE,

 

90s,

 

Pennsauken

 

New Case 5:

 

FEMALE,

 

80s,

 

Gloucester Township

 

New Case 6:

 

MALE,

 

70s,

 

Cherry Hill

 

New Case 7:

 

MALE,

 

80s,

 

Haddon Heights

 

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