Cumberland County Expands Testing

As of April 19, the County reported a total number of 317 confirmed COVID-19 cases with four fatalities in Cumberland County. Overall, New Jersey has 85,301 people who have tested positive with 4,202 deaths.

The County of Cumberland, the Cumberland County Health Department, the City of Vineland Health Department and CompleteCare Network have established a “drive-thru” COVID-19 testing site at Rowan College of South Jersey – Cumberland Campus (Vineland) to increase the availability of testing.

In describing the need for expanded testing in Cumberland County, Freeholder Director Joseph Derella stated, “It is very likely that we have many more residents with COVID than have been tested and confirmed. We have watched carefully the way in which the virus spread in the densely populated New Jersey counties surrounding New York City and are taking aggressive steps to expand our testing so as to avoid the spike in cases experienced in other parts of the state.”

“Testing is being provided to those who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms and have a prescription for testing.” said Carol Musso, County Health Department Freeholder Co-Liaison. “Our testing site is now able to administer the COVID test in a little over a minute and we have conducted four days of testing to date.”

Testing is being conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays for those with approved appointments.

“For those seeking a prescription for a COVID test and do not have access to a medical referral or physician, CompleteCare Network has established a procedure that can be accessed by calling 856-451-4700 or individuals can go to CompleteCareNJ.org and go to request an appointment section,” stated Musso.

“About 26 percent have tested positive of the approximately 1,220 county residents who have been tested,” stated Derella. “We now know that many people who have been exposed to COVID show no or only mild symptoms, so it continues to be critically important that our residents stay home and practice strict social distancing when they must go out.”

Cumberland County Freeholder and small business owner George Castellini stated, “Our County economic development and workforce professionals are working with their counterparts in state and federal government to make as many resources available as possible to help both employers and employees survive this crisis.”

Freeholder Derella concluded, “While we can not let our guard down yet, we are planning for the day that we can restart our economy and return to all of the activities we so love as Cumberland County residents.”