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Cumberland County, the county Department of Health, the Vineland Health Department and the CompleteCare Health Network are partnering to open a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site, county Deputy Administrator Jody Hirata said Monday.

Only Cumberland County residents and CompleteCare Health Network patients with symptoms of COVID-19 will be able to schedule an appointment to be tested, Hirata said.

The county had 18 positive cases of the new coronavirus as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the state Department of Health.

The location of the testing site was not disclosed, but those approved for testing will be notified of where to go, along with an appointment time and date, she said.

“We did not want to have the public show up without going through the proper procedures and confirm that they are approved to be tested,” Hirata said in an email Tuesday morning. “Other counties that announced the testing site in advance had an excess of individuals appear from outside counties/states and then had to be turned away. We are trying to avoid a public safety hazard.”

The Cumberland County drive-thru testing site will schedule testing appointments in advance to ensure less wait time and prioritize safety for those who are staffing the site, Hirata said.

In order to receive testing, individuals can go to completecarenj.org or call 856-451-4700 and request to be screened, Hirata said.

All individuals will then receive an appointment to be screened over the phone by a Complete-Care provider to ensure they meet the testing criteria of being symptomatic along with one of the specific risk factors, Hirata said.

If testing is recommended, the provider will send patient information directly to the county Health Department, and a representative will contact the individual to schedule a testing appointment, Hirata said.

CompleteCare accepts Medicaid, Medicare as well as private insurance plans and those without insurance. The test will be free and no co-pay will be required for the screening, Hirata said.

Primary care providers of non-Complete-Care patients who live in Cumberland County and are in need of testing should direct their patients to call or visit CompleteCare’s website to be screened and registered for testing, Hirata said.

If symptoms worsen, individuals should immediately contact their doctor or go to the closest hospital if necessary, being sure to call before going, Hirata said.

CompleteCare is not testing patients for COVID-19 at its health centers. Do not come to any health center locations or the Health Department for testing or if you think you have the new coronavirus, Hirata said.

CompleteCare has 10 medical facilities in Cumberland County and two in Cape May County.

Staff Writer Molly Bilinski contributed to this report.

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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