RARITAN TWP., N.J. – There are no COVID-19 patients at Hunterdon Healthcare as of Tuesday.

The welcomed news to the Raritan Township Committee was delivered by Christopher Phelan, the township’s emergency management coordinator.

As New Jersey’s recovery from the COVID pandemic continues, the trends in new cases and deaths from the virus are continuing downward, while testing has become more widely available. Also, as the recovery continues, Phelan’s report on the township’s response to the committee has become shorter.

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The pandemic has not ended, however, as the state said a total of 1,042 confirmed COVID cases have been reported along with 66 deaths from the novel coronavirus.  According to the county health department as of Monday, Raritan Township had 171 confirmed cases and 22 deaths.

The county continues to operate a joint COVID test site with Somerset County at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg. The next two testing clinics are scheduled for June 18 and June 25.

Phelan noted that he has been receiving positive feedback on the return of outdoor dining.

The township committee approved in May an ordinance that would allow for outdoor furniture to be used for food establishments and bars.