By Alecia Reid

WESTAMPTON, N.J. (CBS) — Burlington County opened a drive-thru testing site Thursday as the number of COVID-19 cases there continues to rise. Technicians conducted 160 tests Thursday.

There was a steady stream from the moment the testing site opened.

The Burlington County Emergency Services Training Center is now a COVID-19 testing site.

This is an expensive but necessary endeavor. The county announced eight additional cases Thursday, bringing the county total to 67.

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Three patients from the Laurel Brook Rehabilitation Facility have died from the virus. The nursing home is now taking precautions to protect other residents.

“Before the cases went in, they had already started screening all of their workforce before they enter the building. They’re checking them in the way in and on the way out,” Assemblyman Dr. Herb Conaway said.

Conaway says if you think you may have contracted COVID-19, monitor your symptoms. If you’re well enough to stay home, do that.

The county wants to preserve the tests for those who are vulnerable.

“If you’re experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath, light-headed and dizzy, that’s when you should call an ambulance and get care,” Conaway said.

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Keep in mind, anyone in need of getting tested has to be a Burlington County resident although some exclusions apply.

“For those responders or nurses who work here, you don’t have to be from the county,” Conaway said.

There are plans to have additional testing days. For now, Monday, Wednesday and Friday of next week are on the books. Of course, you have to make an appointment.