CAMDEN, NJ — Cooper Health Care announced Friday it has opened an off-site COVID-19 testing site for patients who have symptoms and have received an order from a hospital provider.

“Our patients are our number one priority. We have opened this collection center to facilitate testing, thereby reducing exposure in the community,” said Joseph Montella, chief medical officer at Cooper Health Care. “This will also help free-up space and resources for other medical emergencies in local emergency rooms, and will limit the exposure to other patients and staff inside the hospital from those who potentially are infected with COVID-19.”

The testing site will be located at an ambulatory care center, located at 1210 Brace Road in Cherry Hill.

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Patients who meet the criteria to be tested will be provided a scheduled appointment to visit the collection site.

The hospital system will then send them to private laboratories as the system is not currently running tests within its own lab.

Cooper patients with a doctor’s order will be scheduled for an appointment to visit the collection site and be given instructions about the process for collecting specimens. Cooper’s lab is not currently running tests. The collected specimens are being sent to private laboratories for testing. 

Patients who would like to be tested can inquire with their primary care physician for instructions.

For anyone at home adhering to the social distancing guidelines and concerned about the spread of the virus through food, Cooper infectious disease specialist Henry Fraimow says take-out is safe to order.

“We know that the risk of contracting coronavirus through food is incredibly low,” said Fraimow. “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19," said Fraimow. 

The hospital has listed additional information on their website.

“While the virus that causes COVID-19 like many viruses, including the common cold and seasonal influenza, can survive on surfaces or objects for a period, most experts consider person-to-person contact as the main form of transmission,” he added.

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