Burlington County opens temporary drive-thru coronavirus test site

Mike Dougherty
March 26, 2020 - 10:16 am

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UPDATED: 3:15 p.m. 

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A drive-thru test site has opened Thursday afternoon in Burlington County. Health officials say it's unclear how long it will be there.

County Health Director Herb Conaway stresses this isn't for everyone who has a little cough. 

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"If you have a cough or have a fever, but otherwise it would be something you manage from home — say if you had a cold or even the flu — you should isolate yourself at home," he said.

But anyone who does need a test must call ahead to register and make an appointment before showing up. You must be a resident or emergency worker showing symptoms, and it’ll take two to three days to get results. The number is 609-726-7097. It is not necessary to have insurance.

The test site is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, and it’s located at the county emergency services training facility in Westampton.

Conaway said 160 test kits for use on day one were claimed before the testing even began.

“We used a screening process based on CDC guidelines to schedule people for appointments,” he added. “We thought, based on the experience that we’ve seen in other parts of the state, that by scheduling appointments we could reduce some of the issues and disappointment quite frankly that people face when they arrived and weren’t able to be tested.”

Because supplies are extremely limited, this won't be a permanent site.

"Our facility, as well as doctors offices and hospitals in the county, have received numerous requests for testing. As you know, it’s a national issue. We’ve struggled to find testing supplies and the equipment needed to safely do the testing, but we have that in hand and we’re ready to go," Conaway said.

He says they will announce additional testing days as supplies allow.

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KYW Newsradio's David Madden contributed to this report.