CAMDEN, NJ — Camden County residents have taken full advantage of the COVID-19 test site at Cooper’s Poynt Waterfront Park in Camden with 629 tests to date since it opened April 1.
A second county-run site that has been in the works for weeks will open at Camden County College’s Blackwood campus next week.
“Come next Wednesday Camden County will have two drive-up testing sites in operation,” Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli said in a virtual press conference Thursday afternoon. “I don’t think another South Jersey county at least that can make that claim.”
Both sites will be able to support walk-up testing as well, Camden County spokesman Dan Keashen told TAPinto Camden over the phone.
In addition to county sites, patients in the area can also access testing at Cooper University Health Care, Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital, and Virtua Health.
Although drive-thru/walk-up testing in the city of Camden was initially meant to run through April 15, county and hospital officials announced that the site will be open “until further notice.”
“This testing site has become an important location serving the needs of the citizens of Camden County as we work together to fight the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Cappelli. “At this crucial time, it is important that this testing facility remain open to serve the public. Utilization will be closely monitored and if the need diminishes or other patient care needs emerge, the team will reevaluate the operation of the site.”
The sites will prioritize first responders.
Cases in the county hover around 1,000 as of Thursday, with 29 reported deaths so far (six more in the last 24 hours).
Cappelli, who was joined by Congressman Donald Norcross, said residents have taken the right steps in helping case numbers plateau around the 90s.
“We are seeing positive trends right now in our decrease in positive transmissions in our case counts,” said Caryelle Lasher, Communicable Disease Supervisor for the Camden County Department of Health. “The increase is going down but to keep that trend going we have to focus on all the things we’re doing right and continue to do them better.”
Lasher reiterated guidance at the state level to wear a face cover when visiting supermarkets or stores and to reconsider what is truly essential to purchase at this time.
Of the 1,020 cases in Camden County so far, 947 people are recovering at home and 73 are receiving treatment at area hospitals.
The Camden City test site, open from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, is located at 801 Delaware Ave.
More details on the Camden County College site will be made available on the county’s website.