CompleteCare Partners on Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Site
CUMBERLAND COUNTY, NJ (March 31, 2020) – CompleteCare Health Network, the County of Cumberland, the Cumberland County Department of Health, and the City of Vineland Health Department are partnering to open a Drive-Thru COVID-19 testing site.
CompleteCare Health Network patients from Cape May, Cumberland and Gloucester County, as well as Cumberland County residents with symptoms of coronavirus will be able to schedule an appointment to be tested. Symptomatic first responders who are residents of Cumberland County or CompleteCare patients will be given priority testing.
The Cumberland County Drive-Thru testing site will schedule testing appointments in advance to ensure a better overall experience for those getting tested, including shorter wait times and safety for those who are staffing the testing site.
In order to receive testing, individuals can go to CompleteCareNJ.org/COVID19 or call 856-451-4700 and request to be screened. “If patients have insurance they can provide it at the time of their call and their insurance company will be billed for their screening,” said J. Curtis Edwards, President & CEO of CompleteCare Health Network. “All copays will be waived for these visits and if patients are screened and need to be tested, the tests will be done free of charge.” CompleteCare does accept all patients regardless of their insurance type, including Medicaid, Medicare and most private insurance plans. The health center also welcomes migrant and seasonal farmworkers and encourages them to call for screening if they are showing COVID-19 symptoms.
“Once a screening appointment is requested, a CompleteCare provider will reach out to the patient on the phone to check them for symptoms,” said CompleteCare Health Network Chief Medical Officer Azizeh J. Salloum, MD, MPH. “Those who can be tested right now have to be symptomatic and have some of the risk factors associated with the illness. If testing is recommended the provider will send the script directly to the Cumberland County Department of Health and a representative will contact them to schedule a testing appointment and give them the location for the test.”
CompleteCare accepts Medicaid, Medicare as well as private insurance plans and those without insurance. The test will be free of charge and no co-pay will be required for the screening.
The Cumberland County Department of Health, Vineland Health Department, and CompleteCare Health Network will work to ensure people are informed of their results in a timely manner. Guidance for anyone testing positive continues to be remain at home under self-isolation and relieve symptoms with over-the-counter medications, as needed. If symptoms worsen, individuals should immediately contact their doctor or go to the closest hospital if necessary, they should call before going.
“We are not testing patients in any of our health centers,” said Dr. Salloum. “We urge patients to stay home and call us if they are having symptoms. They should not come to our sites or venture out at all at this time. Most often treatment and testing is not needed. Anyone experiencing difficulty breathing or other complications should not wait for a test, but call 911 instead.”
CompleteCare is posting updates about its services and sites on their website CompleteCareNJ.org, as well as on Facebook: @completecarenj.
The Cumberland County Department of Health has opened a hotline for questions and concerns at (856) 327-7090. The City of Vineland Health Department has also opened a hotline for Vineland residents and businesses at (856) 405-4603.