As reported by Patch.com, Cooper University Health Care will open two COVID-19 testing sites solely for Camden law enforcement, first responders at all levels of government and medical personnel on Tuesday.
“Our friends in the law enforcement and first responder communities play a vital role in protecting society. For many of these dedicated individuals, the nature of their work places them at a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19,” said co-president and CEO of Cooper Kevin O’Dowd. “To keep these men and women as safe as possible we are proud to launch dedicated testing sites, so we may administer the greatest number of tests in the most efficient manner.”
Both sites will serve law enforcement at all levels and be by appointment only.
The first site, which will be drive-thru only, can be accessed through the Benson Street/Haddon Avenue entrance to the Camden County Improvement Authority (CCIA) parking garage on the Cooper Health Sciences Campus in Camden. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The second site, which will also serve EMS personnel, will be available at the Cooper Emergency/Trauma entrance on Benson Street weekdays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
“Cooper has a history of providing education and serving as resources to public service personnel,” said Anthony Mazzarelli, co-president and CEO of Cooper. “This is another way we can serve those on the front lines.”
Hospital officials said both testing sites are open for anyone who has symptoms, meet other criteria (including exposure), and have received a referral for testing from a medical provider.
To make an appointment first responders and law enforcement need to call 856-968-7100 or 856-342-2881 (Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5p.m.). Additional sites serving or otherwise prioritizing the testing of law enforcement and first responders have been established at the Trenton Police Department, the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, Camden County College, and Kean University in Union.