CAMDEN, NJ — Camden County's second drive-up testing site, expected to process as many as 100 residents each day, kicked off operations Wednesday at midday in Blackwood.
The Camden County College (CCC) site, located in Gloucester Township, is by appointment only.
Hours of operation, which were adjusted today, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“This is part of our efforts to keep building critical infrastructure to fight the virus and provide us with more data to make informed public health decisions,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli. “Jefferson Health New Jersey has been an important partner in launching this noble initiative, and we appreciate their efforts."
As the site comes online, the health department announced nine additional deaths and at least 94 more positive coronavirus cases in Camden County.
The total stands at 1,572 cases and 54 deaths — with the majority of cases, 306, attributed to the City of Camden.
More than 1,300 have recovered or are recovering from the virus since cases began springing up in March.
“This has been an incredibly difficult week in for our community, having already learned of more lives lost to this terrible disease in the last three days than any other week since the outbreak began,” said Cappelli, while extending thoughts and prayers to the impacted families. “We are continuing to urge residents that now is not the time to start easing restrictions, skirting rules, or ignoring stay at home orders. Now is the time to double-down on our efforts and strengthen our resolve."
More details on the cases is available here.
Camden County officials also announced that it has on average delivered over 2,000 meals each day during the outbreak and more than 7,400 meals in the last three days — including to 1,700 individual seniors in the area.
“The Department of Health has quadrupled the size of its home-delivered meals program in just four short weeks, an accomplishment that did not seem possible before we were faced with this public health crisis we find ourselves in today,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young. “In that time, the Department secured additional food supply, storage space, and additional drivers without interrupting service to any of its existing or new clients."
Since the Camden County Division of Senior and Disabled Services expanded the breadth of its meal delivery program March 18, it has shipped out more than 36,000 meals to Camden County seniors.
"While growth in new clients has begun to stabilize, seniors throughout Camden County should know that our team is available and ready to serve if they are in danger of going hungry during this disaster," Young added.