Recognizing that first responders and healthcare workers are on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, Cooper University Health Care will open two new COVID-19 testing sites for Camden County law enforcement and first responders from all levels of government based in and around Camden, beginning April 14, 2020.
The first testing site, serving all levels of law enforcement and Cooper employees, will be 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. It will be open for drive-thru only appointments weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Testing for EMS personnel, all levels of law enforcement, and Cooper employees will be available at the Cooper Emergency/Trauma entrance on Benson Street weekdays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Both testing sites are open by appointment to those who have symptoms and meet other criteria (including exposure), and who have received a referral for testing from a medical provider. To schedule an appointment, first responders should call 856-968-7100 or 856-342-2881 (Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.).
“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. 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,” said Kevin O’Dowd, JD, co-president/CEO of Cooper.
“Cooper has a history of providing education and serving as resources to public service personnel,” said Anthony J. Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE, co-president/CEO of Cooper. “This is another way we can serve those on the front lines.”
Cooper also operates a community based COVID-19 testing collection site in Cherry Hill, as well as sites at Cooper’s Poynt Park in Camden and in Deptford, Gloucester County in conjunction with other regional health systems.
Wendy A. Marano
Cooper University Health Care