Cooper Experts: When to Visit a COVID-19 Testing Site

Joseph M Montella, MD, MS, CPE

Joseph M Montella, MD, MS, CPE

UPDATED 4/15/20: This post has been updated to include information about new COVID-19 testing sites for Camden County first responders.


As part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cooper University Health Care and other health care systems across the country have opened specimen collection sites for COVID-19 testing (testing sites) where individuals who have an order from their doctor for COVID-19 testing can go to have a specimen collected to be sent to a lab for testing.

“Community testing sites help free up space and resources for other medical emergencies in local emergency rooms, and limit the exposure to other patients and staff inside the hospital from those who potentially are infected with COVID-19,” said Joseph M. Montella, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Cooper University Health Care.

How to Know if You Are Eligible for Testing

Once a patient obtains a referral (order) from their physician for COVID-19 testing, the patient should call the phone number for the site to schedule an appointment.  Patients eligible for testing must have at least one symptom of COVID-19 infection and at least one risk factor:

Symptoms

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever (temperature greater than 100 degrees F)

Risk Factors

  • Health care worker or first responder (EMS, fire, police, etc.)
  • Resident of institutional home setting (group home, barracks, etc.)
  • Age over 65
  • Immunocompromised
  • Pregnancy
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • End-stage renal disease/dialysis
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Vulnerable household contacts with risk factors as above

When scheduling an appointment time to go to the testing site, the patient will be asked to identify their primary care provider (PCP) so that a copy of the patient’s test results will be sent to the PCP. Test results will also be communicated to the patient directly by testing center clinicians.


Camden City Testing Site for Camden County Residents

Operated by: Cooper University Health Care, Virtua Health, the Camden County Freeholder Board, and Camden County Health Department
Location: Cooper’s Poynt Park, 801 Delaware Avenue, Camden, NJ 08102
By appointment only: Call your Cooper, Virtua, CamCare, or other provider directly for a referral.

Cooper University Health Care Testing Site for Cooper Patients Only

Operated by: Cooper University Health Care
Location: 1210 Brace Road in Cherry Hill
By appointment only: Call your Cooper primary care provider, 800.826.6737 or visit Cooper Primary Care online.

Cooper University Health Care Testing Sites for Camden County First Responders

Operated by: Cooper University Health Care
Location for all levels of law enforcement and Cooper employees: Accessible via the Benson Street entrance to the CCIA Parking Garage (entry via Benson Street on Haddon Ave) on the Cooper Health Sciences Campus in Camden.
By appointment only: To schedule an appointment, first responders should call 856-968-7100 or 856-342-2881. This location is open for drive-thru only appointments weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Operated by: Cooper University Health Care
Location for EMS personnel, all levels of law enforcement, and Cooper employees: Cooper Emergency/Trauma entrance on Benson Street.
By appointment only: To schedule an appointment, first responders should call 856-968-7100 or 856-342-2881. This location is open weekdays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

6 Comments

  1. Avatar Jacquelyne LeClerc Camp

    Info great. On a totally different subject is Dr. Joseph Montello, pictured above possibly the Physician that did my bladder lift back in the fall of 1998?? His office was on the White Horse Pike, I believe in Collingswood. His not only has the same moniker, but he looks so much like him.

    My last name at the time was Littleford

    • Avatar Cooper University Health Care

      Dear Mr. Alvarez, if you have still not received your test result, we recommend that you call the office of the doctor who provided you with the referral for testing.

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