SOMERVILLE, NJ - For the first time since Somerset County began compiling statistics on COVID-19 in early March, there were no new cases of the virus or deaths reported overnight.
For the second day in a row, the Somerset County Department of Health on Friday reported a total of 4,761 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus along with 489 deaths since the first case was reported March 8.
The New Jersey Department of Health Friday reported a total of 187,164 positive cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began its spread in the state 165 days ago, and a total of 14,064 deaths during that time, an increase of 10 overnight.
A total of 2,429,841 COVID-19 tests have been administered in New Jersey.
The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide is now 21,175,959 with 759,395 having died as a result of exposure to the coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention on Friday morning.
The CDC this morning reported 170,782 COVID-19 deaths in the United States, with a total of 5,431.381 cases.
The SCDOH has confirmed the deaths of 142 Franklin Township residents; 74 in Hillsborough/Millstone; 71 in Bridgewater; 42 in Bernards Township; 36 in North Plainfield; 32 in Green Brook; 15 in Watchung; 14 in Raritan; 14 in Bound Brook; 13 in Warren; 7 in Somerville; 7 in Manville; 6 in Montgomery; 5 in Bedminster; 4 in Bernardsville; 4 in Branchburg; 3 in South Bound Brook and one in Peapack-Gladstone.
No COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Far Hills, Millstone or Rocky Hill.
Here is the latest breakdown of confirmed cases since the pandemic began, by town: Bedminster, 48, Bernardsville Borough, 75; Bernards Township, 297; Branchburg, 103, Bridgewater, 507; Bound Brook, 339; Far Hills, 3; Franklin, 1,450; Green Brook, 147; Hillsborough/Millstone, 476; Manville, 163; Montgomery, 132; North Plainfield, 350; Peapack-Gladstone, 44; Raritan, 125; Rocky Hill, 5; Somerville, 152; South Bound Brook, 86; Warren, 161; Watchung, 98.
The drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Raritan Valley Community College will be available between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20.
Residents need an appointment and a valid form of identification to access the testing center.
Appointments for Aug. 20 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.
Testing is free of charge and open to Somerset County residents, age five (5) and older. A physician’s prescription is not required.
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. Anyone who does not have an appointment will be turned away.
When coming to the testing center, residents are asked to use the main entrance to the college campus, off of Route 28.