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Citing the rise of new COVID-19 variants, the BurlingtonCounty Department of Health is encouraging county residents, students andworkers to take advantage of the COVID-19 testing available to them at RowanCollege at Burlington County and other pop-up testing locations.
“We’re at a very critical time in our fight against thevirus. The arrival of vaccines is a major plus and has generated a lot of hopeand excitement, but COVID-19 continues to spread and that new variantsrepresent a potential new threat,” said Dr. Herb Conaway, director of theBurlington County Health Department and chair of the County’s COVID-19 TaskForce. “Testing remains a critical weapon in our arsenal and we now have anumber of testing options available. We need our residents to take advantage ofthis service for their own health and the health of those around them.”
Testing is available to all ofour residents and those who work or attend school in Burlington County on Tuesdays,Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 AM to 4 PM at Rowan College at Burlington County in Mount Laurel.
Burlington County also offers a hometesting option. Participants must register online at www.homecovidtest.org toobtain a mail-order test kit and instructions on how to schedule a Zoomtele-health meeting with a health care worker to oversee sample collection.
In addition to those options, free testing is availablethis week at the following pop-up locations in the county:
The pop-up testing sites are being led by the New JerseyDepartment of Health and are intended to boost testing in COVID-19 “hotspots”throughout the state. Pop-up test sites are also being planned in the future forlocations in Cinnaminson and Medford.
County Commissioner Dan O’Connell, who is the Board’s liaison to the Department of Health, said the Stateis making the extra testing available at an ideal time.
“We’ve seen surges in COVID-19 cases after the holidayswhen people tend to travel or let down their social-distancing guard,”O’Connell said. “Coming off of Super Bowl Sunday and with Valentine’s Say andPresident’s Day weekend fast approaching, we need those who maybe did travel orgather to take the time now to get tested. It’s free and easy and it can helpprotect you and your friends, co-workers and loved ones.”
The COVID-19 tests at the college are saliva-based sopeople should not eat, drink, smoke, vape or chew gum for at least 30 minutesprior to testing. COVID-19 tests at the pop-up sites are typically gathered bynasal swab. Test results are typically returned within 72 hours.
Also, while testing is free at public testing locations,residents with insurance are encouraged to bring that information with themsince the reimbursement can help defray the testing costs. Under state andfederal law, insurance companies are required to cover COVID-19 tests with noout-of-pocket costs during the ongoing health emergency.
Burlington County has been a leader in the state inresponding to the COVID-19 pandemic and was one of the first counties to launcha testing program. Since March 2020, morethan 30,000 people have been tested through the County’s program.