Camden opens another testing site in neighborhood hit hard by COVID-19

SOUTH JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — Camden is taking a more centralized approach to coronavirus testing.

The single testing site along the Delaware River has been replaced by two other locations directly in neighborhoods. 

A site at the DMV parking lot on Mount Ephraim Avenue opened last week. The other location at Dudley Grange Park on Federal Street in East Camden launches Tuesday. 

“The reason why we’re doing that is to provide more access to testing for residents,” said county Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli. “A large portion of the people from the city who are being tested are actually walking up to the sites.”

East Camden has seen about 55% of the positive test results in the entire city. 

Residents still need to show symptoms to get tested, and a physician referral is preferred. But because 40% of those seeking tests are just walking up, testing workers will not turn symptomatic people away. 

“(East Camden) is in need of testing,” Cappelli added. “It’s a hot spot, and we want to encourage folks who live in the neighborhood to come out and get tested.”

The county is also operating a third site in Gloucester Township on Camden County College’s campus.