CAMDEN, NJ — Citing the emergence of various testing locations in the county and a decline in patients, the South Camden coronavirus test site will close down Friday.
The location, one of two county-run sites in the city, is located at 2600 Mt. Ephraim Avenue. Since it opened April 29, 1,061 residents have been tested there.
Camden city, which surpassed 2,000 coronavirus cases over the weekend, has been hit particularly hard by the virus.
However, county officials say numbers are falling throughout the area and testing is much more readily available today.
“The significant proportion of walk-up patients speaks to the importance of these sites and their locations throughout the city. Keeping our sites within walking distance granted many access to testing when they could not reach other drive-through locations,” said Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli.
“These sites served residents from all over the county, but hundreds of Camden City residents who otherwise would not have had access to testing were able to get tested thanks to the participation of our health care partners and the variety of ways to approach each location," he added.
Since it began testing patients out of Cooper’s Poynt Waterfront Park on April 1, the county has processed over 4,200 residents for COVID-19 at three sites.
Camden City’s other county-run site, located at Dudley Grange Park in East Camden, will continue operations. There, what has been referred to as a "hot spot," nearly 1,500 have been tested since May 5.
Another site at Camden County College’s Blackwood campus is still running as well.
“Testing is only part of the answer when someone asks us how we can stop the spread of coronavirus. We need testing to understand the scope of the crisis on any given day, so we can isolate individuals that have already been infected,” Cappelli said. “However, it is an absolute necessity that this testing be coupled with education that informs our residents on how to keep themselves safe moving forward if they’re not being tested or in the event that their test returns a negative result. For hundreds of residents to have gotten that information, in addition to those that we tested, means these sites have had an impact that goes far beyond the raw numbers of the exams that were performed.”
To get tested at the East Camden site you must obtain a prescription from a health care provider and make an appointment by calling 856-968-7100.