SOMERSET, NJ - Over the course of three days, more than 700 people received a free COVID-19 test courtesy of Assemblyman Joe Danielsen and volunteers.

The testing was done on June 27, 28, and 29 in under 55 hours. Participants used FEMA's self-administered nasal swab test and Rutger's PCR saliva tests. Test results will be delivered via phone.

Test screenings didn't require a prescription, residency proof, an exhibition of symptoms, an appointment, insurance, or money. 

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“This was a great way for people to be able to get tested who might have been hesitant due to the location and long list of requirements at other testing sites,” Danielsen said.

Testing was done at the Board of Education administrative building and at Shevchenko Avenue. Danielsen says events like this are an important service for the community and is only possible through collaboration. 

 “COVID-19 is a reminder that we are all in this together and are united in our humanity to help our fellow citizens,” Danielsen said. “I want to especially thank the Board of Fire Commissioners in District 1 and District 3 and the East Millstone First Aid Squad, without them, none of this would have been possible." 

Organizers say it was the most successful testing event in Somerset County, and that the three day event only took two days to plan.

Over a three-month period and 19 days of testing the Somerset & Hunterdon County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Site at Raritan Valley College tested 1,270 people. Compared to more than 700 people being tested over three days at this weekend's walk-up testing clinic. 

"We made great efforts to eliminate all testing requirements," Danielsen told TAPinto. "If you gave us your name and phone number we gave you a test. We utilized volunteers at zero cost to our taxpayers."

The Somerset County Department of Health on Wednesday reported a total of 4,327 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, an increase of 29 new cases overnight; no deaths were reported, remaining at 447.

Franklin has a total of 1,311 COVID-19 cases, and 130 deaths since the pandemic hit New Jersey in March.

The New Jersey Department of Health Wednesday reported a total of 171,928 positive cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began its spread in the state 121 days ago, and a total of 13,224 deaths during that time, an increase of 43 overnight. There have been 1,442,937 COVID-19 tests administered statewide.

The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide is now 10.708,589 with 516,570 having died as a result of exposure to the coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control; & Prevention on Wednesday morning.

The CDC this morning reported 130,466 COVID-19 deaths in the United States, with a total of 2,758,395 cases. 

COVID-19 Testing will continue at Raritan Valley Community College, located at 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, on Thursday July 2. Somerset County residents who are exhibiting symptoms and have an appointment can visit the drive-thru COVID-19 testing center between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Testing, which is free of charge, is only open to Somerset County residents, age five (5) and older. An appointment and valid identification is required.

Appointments for July 2 can be scheduled online at https://somerset-hunterdon.adlabscovidtest.com. Residents who do not have computer access, or who would like to schedule an appointment for children age five to 18 years old, can call the COVID-19 testing information line at 908-203-6014, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., not including holidays.

Anyone who does not have an appointment will be turned away.

For the safety, health and security of staff and volunteers, patients must arrive by car. The drive-thru test site will not allow entry if residents do not arrive in a vehicle, even if they have a valid ID. When coming to the testing center, residents are asked to use the main entrance to the college campus, off of Route 28.

Other test sites can be found online by visiting the New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub at https://covid19.nj.gov/testing.

For more information, visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/covid19status for updates. or contact the Somerset County Department of Health at coronavirus@co.somerset.nj.us.

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