SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Sheriff's Office has been working with county-wide agencies – like the health department, emergency operations center, county government officials, local law enforcement, healthcare providers and other community leaders – to exchange information and provide the best response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a release from Sheriff Darrin Russo.

"My office continues to conduct daily briefings with command staff to monitor the situation, provide updates and alter our responses as needed," he said in the release. "I am emphasizing health, security and safety amid COVID-19 outbreak that include humanitarian missions for our county residents and employees."

The pandemic, Russo said, is a global issue that requires emergency services to re-evaluate operational procedures while maintaining public safety.

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"As sheriff of Somerset County, I request your patience and understanding as we, as a society, navigate these unchartered territories and continue to conduct our business in the safest manner possible," he said. "We will also continue to provide the level of service that our residents deserve."

Russo said officers have been assigned to added patrols throughout Somerset County, including at shopping centers, grocery stores, places of worship, train stations and medical offices. Sheriff's officers are also available to assist local police departments upon request.

Russo said the officers are working alongside the board of chosen freeholders to deliver safety, professionalism and community service, while also providing the highest quality of law enforcement services.

The Somerset County Department of Health is providing daily status updates about the coronavirus on the website, and Russo is asking residents to consider trusted sources of information when doing research, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, The New Jersey Department of Health and the Somerset County Department of Health.

"We will continue to serve the community, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we all progress through these unprecedented times," he said.