Per a release from the county on Wednesday morning, the COVID-19 testing site located at Camden County College in Gloucester Township will cease operations at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 26.
The Blackwood site has been operated jointly by the Camden County Freeholder Board, Department of Health, and Jefferson Health New Jersey since April 15, and prioritized first responders, healthcare workers and other frontline, essential personnel throughout the pandemic.
The closure comes after hours of operation were adjusted in late May in an effort to expand the availability of services to residents in need of testing. In the month since, appointments at the site have continued to drop as the spread of COVID-19 in Camden County and throughout New Jersey appeared to slow considerably. The average number of new cases per day in the county dropped by roughly 60 percent over this span. Area residents are reminded that it is safe to go to their primary care provider if they are not feeling well.
“We have observed a concurrent reduction in testing appointments at the site, as cases throughout Camden County and the region have continued to fall. At this time, we feel confident that the site at Camden County College has served its purpose and can cease operations without impacting the availability of resources in the community,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr.
“Testing capacity among healthcare providers and businesses like Rite Aid and CVS has increased significantly since the beginning of this pandemic. With our cases showing serious decline, there is no longer a significant need for a site at this location. Rest assured, the Freeholder Board will be standing by and will be prepared to respond if these factors change.”
The Board will continue to operate its remaining testing site in Camden City, located at 3101 Federal Street. More information on testing and appointment is available at camdencounty.com.
Jefferson Health New Jersey continues to operate two drive-through testing sites in Cherry Hill and Washington Township. For more information, visit: https://newjersey.jeffersonhealth.org.