New drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites opens in New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Thursday, April 30, 2020
New drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites opens in New Jersey and Pennsylvania
New drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites are open in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

CAMDEN, New Jersey (WPVI) -- Camden County leaders and medical officials are expanding COVID-19 testing options for county residents with one of two new sites opening Wednesday.

The sites will replace the current testing location at Cooper's Poynt Waterfront Park, which will close Friday, May 1.

The first new location opens Wednesday at the Camden DMV located at 2600 Mt. Ephraim Ave.

Hours of operation will be from noon. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

A second new site at Dudley Grange Park will open on May 5. The park is located at 3101 Federal St. at will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Both new sites will be by appointment only and for those with a referral from a medical provider at Virtua, Cooper, or other providers, officials said.

"Our objective, logistically, is to make sure we are moving these sites around these sites to makes as accessible as possible to the people of Camden," said Chris Kolluri, with Cooper's Ferry Partnership.

In Pennsylvania, Patient First is now providing drive-up COVID-19 testing at its locations along Paper Mill Road in Wyomissing and on East Germantown Pike in East Norriton. Testing is by appointment only. Appointments are made by calling a designated testing center.

"You need to have a symptom, or one or more symptoms, or be a health care worker or a first responder," said Ian Slinkman, vice president of public relations with Patient First.

No referral is needed but you must make an appointment. The sites are accepting roughly 50 appointments a day.

The uninsured can do so too, but expect to pay $90 for the exam at the non-referral testing site.

None of these sites are offering antibody testing, but employees of Burlington County Eye Physicians are among the fortunate.

The owner, Dr. Gregory Scimeca is offering the service to all employees including friends and family. Currently, 65 people in all are undergoing testing as there are suspicions an employee may have had COVID-19 prior to the outbreak.

"There is a lot of anxiety of course for the infection, so if someone has peace of mind they have already been exposed and one well, then they don't have to worry so much going forward in the future," he said.


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