By: Follow South Jersey Staff
GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. – As demand continues to be extremely high and due to a significant increase in Covid-19 cases across the region, the Camden County Board of Commissioners are again expanding testing capacity.
The testing site at the Charles DePalma Public Works complex in Lindenwold is open today, Tuesday, December 4 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. In addition, the county complex at 2600 Mt. Ephraim Avenue in Camden City will also open for testing on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. this week. These two new sites are being commissioned in tandem with the other county sites that are already operating at the Camden County Health Hub
“Expanding our existing footprint for testing will be critical moving forward and today we have added more hours and times for new options for our community,” said County Commissioner Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “We now have more capacity in strategic locations in the northern, southern and center of the county to limit travel times and create more convenience for residents.”
The new testing sites and times are located below:
- The Health Hub testing will be available at the Health Hub located at Camden County College’s Blackwood campus from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment only.
- Starting on Jan. 6, at the Health Hub no appointment will be needed on Thursdays from 8 to 11 a.m. This will be a saliva test.
- Starting on Jan. 4, on Tuesdays the county Health Department will be administering testing at the Charles DePalma Public Works complex from 8 to 11 a.m. This will be a saliva test.
- Beginning on Jan. 5, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the county Health Department will be administering testing from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Camden County Complex located at 2600 Mt. Ephraim Avenue in Camden City. This will be a saliva test and no appointment is needed.
- Starting today testing will be available at Cooper University Hospital, which is located the intersection of Broadway and Stevens Street in Camden, from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
- Cooper Specialty Care at Cherry Hill will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. This is by appointment only and you must be asymptomatic to be tested.
- You can schedule your COVID-19 test at Cooper by using our online scheduling tool at this link.
Remember, for all saliva test takers, please do not eat or drink anything for 30 minutes prior to taking the test.
In addition to these county testing options, the state Department of Health is also offering a mail in option. They have partnered with the same test provider, Vault Medical Services, to distribute free, at-home COVID-19 tests by mail to all residents who need them. The new program is in addition to traditional testing operated at designated testing sites.
Tests can be ordered by going to www.learn.vaulthealth.com/nj. The kits are shipped through UPS with next-day delivery and once you receive it, you will hold a Zoom call with a Vault health care professional to guide you through the test and answer your questions. You then send the test back in pre-paid packaging through UPS’ next-day delivery and you must drop off the package at a UPS site or dropbox. Results should be back to you within 24 to 48 hours.
Updated operational hours at the vaccine clinic will shift to 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays.
“I cannot stress enough that with the new variant, Omicron and the Delta variant, the importance of being vaccinated and boosted,” Cappelli said. “It’s been scientifically proven time and again that we need to be vaccinated and boosted to avoid the worst impacts of these new variants of the virus. If you haven’t gotten the vaccine yet, do it now, young or old, healthy or immunocompromised, this is a life-saving medication that will protect you from Covid-19. You can make an appointment at the Camden County Health Hub by visiting www.CamdenCountyVaccine.com.”
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