CAMDEN, NJ — A new COVID-19 testing site residents will be able to drive or walk through will open in the city of Camden on Wednesday at Cooper’s Poynt Waterfront Park — the first available outside of area hospitals.
“This is great news for the residents of Camden. Testing locations, which require you to drive through, can be difficult to access for those who do not have a car,” said Kevin O’Dowd, co-president/CEO of Cooper. “This new location will provide an easy, convenient location for individuals to drive or walk-up and have samples collected for quick COVID-19 testing to help slow the spread of this virus.”
The site, which will be by appointment only, was possible through a collaboration between Cooper, Virtua and the Camden County Freeholder Board.
“We are proud to work with two of our outstanding regional health systems, Cooper and Virtua, to open this new COVID-19 testing site to serve the needs of the citizens of Camden County,” said Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli. “As the entire country and state continues to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, it is important county residents have access and opportunity to testing. This initiative combined with social distancing and other mitigation factors will help us break the back of this virus.”
The expansion of testing has led to an expected surge in positive cases in the county — with 202 total cases reported as of Monday evening and at least three deaths.
The city testing site will be open Monday through Friday from Noon to 4 p.m. through April 15.
In order to be tested, you must have a script from Cooper, Virtua, CamCare or another provider.
“We must all continue to work together to face this unprecedented challenge, and this expanded testing site is an important part of that response,” said Virtua Health President and CEO Dennis Pullin. “We commend our care teams for their selfless actions and thank them for their heroic work. Together, we will find our way through this crisis.”
The park is located at 801 Delaware Ave. The county said last week it was still working to establish its own testing site.
“As South Jersey health care providers are working around the clock to keep residents safe, our community is coming together to provide needed resources and I thank Cooper and Virtua for joining with Camden County to open this new COVID-19 testing site,” U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross said. “This new location will provide testing for symptomatic residents at a crucial point in our response. I’m grateful for the bravery of our local health care professionals who are on the front lines, testing and working to slow the spread of the virus and save lives.”
Anthony Mazzarelli, co-president and CEO of Cooper, said testing is vital at the moment to limit potential spread of COVID-19 in the county and city.
Below is a chart on the cases in Camden County as of Monday, provided by county official Kyle Sullender. The case locations are subject to change based on the development of ongoing investigations.