Burlington County begins testing symptom-free residents

Residents are being offered a chance to be tested for the novel coronavirus on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Dr. Herb Conaway, Director of the Burlington County Health Department, explains a test strip is inserted into a patient’s nose, reaching far back to gain mucous samples to be later sent to Virtua Health for results (Krystal Nurse/The Sun).

To help limit the spread of the virus, it is important that all persons with concern about COVID-19 exposure be tested as soon as possible.

Accordingly, Burlington County’s COVID-19 mass testing center can now make appointments for all Burlington County residents, whether or not they are experiencing viral symptoms. The department will continue its policy of testing nonresident first responders and hospital employees working in Burlington County who present their employee IDs.

County testing takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays and is located at the Emergency Services Training Center behind Burlington County Institute of Technology – Westampton Campus off Woodlane Road.

Appointments must be made for testing and can be done by calling (609) 726-7097. No doctor’s prescription required and testing is free of charge. To access the testing site and to ensure accuracy make appointments using the name on your government-issued ID.

All of this information can be found on the new Burlington County Health app, available for Androids and iOS. Download the app from Google Play or the Apple App Store and share it with your friends.

It is advised to avoid using masks with valves. Valves allow your breath to escape and contact others. See the health app for more information on this topic.