CAMDEN, NJ — You must have a script from a doctor.
That was the point reiterated by county health officials during a town hall meeting streamed online Thursday — as officials begin to roll out a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Camden County.
“Everyone needs a script...which means don’t show up unless you have something from your doctor,” said Health and Human Services Department Director Anne Walters. “If you are having flu-like symptoms, call the doctor, call urgent care, or call 911.”
The site will be based out of Camden County College, located at 200 College Drive in Blackwood, NJ.
It is currently being set up, however, kits themselves have yet to arrive.
Once an individual has scheduled their appointment through the state hotline, they will arrive to the campus (remain in their car), and have their nose swabbed. The “specimen,” Walters explained, will then be tested and residents will receive a call in a few days as to the results.
“As soon as we receive the test kits we’ll notify the public as well as [provide] the hours,” Walters added.
When operational, the site is expected to handle approximately 200 people each day.
Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli has continuously criticized the federal government for not supplying tests to fully grasp the state of the crisis in Camden County.
He, as well as Congressman Donald Norcross, said they expect cases to spike with the advent of test kits.
Camden County has confirmed at least a dozen positive COVID-19 cases as of Thursday.
The state announced 742 total cases and at least nine deaths.