South Jersey hospitals and local health departments expand COVID-19 testing to meet demand | Local news

The need for testing is also magnified by the recent spike in coronavirus cases. With more people exposed to the coronavirus, more and more people are seeking tests to make sure they have not been infected and do not pose a risk to others.

“In addition to the higher rates of disease transmission in our community right now, we have more individuals at risk,” Downham said. “And those people who are exposed often, if they want to get out of quarantine sooner, will need testing, even if they have no symptoms, to test out of quarantine. “

Atlantic County spokeswoman Linda Gilmore said the county’s public health division primarily devotes its resources to hosting COVID-19 vaccination campaigns, rather than testing clinics.

The County DPH has provided free testing for over a year with help from AtlantiCare, and is currently allowing a private company to host a testing center at the Atlantic County Library in Mays Landing. According to the county’s website, library tests are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is no charge and no appointment is required.

Other health systems in the region, such as the Cape Regional Medical Center, also provide locations for testing. Kris Gereaghty, director of Cape Regional Urgent Care, said rapid antigen tests and PCR tests are available at all three emergency care centers in the system. She said Cape Regional had helped meet demand from residents of Atlantic counties, Cape May and Cumberland, saying the system would remain steadfast in its commitment to provide testing.

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