RARITAN TWP., N.J. - Hunterdon Healthcare is seeing a similar trend in its COVID-19 cases to what the state is seeing, according to Raritan Township Emergency Management Coordinator Christopher Phelan.

Phelan updated the Raritan Township Committee on the response to the coronavirus pandemic at its meeting Tuesday.  He forewarned the committee that his reports “are going to be getting very short.”

Earlier in the day, 32 new cases were reported in Hunterdon County, bringing the total to 885. There have been 53 total fatalities reported.  

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While the township no longer has the most cases, they have the greatest number of deaths as compared to other municipalities in the county. Raritan has 147 total cases and 20 fatalities.  

Union Township leads the county with 181 cases.

Hunterdon Healthcare has 15 COVID-19 patients out of 102 total patients currently at the hospital. Overall, 182 coronavirus patients have been discharged.

Phelan said the respiratory assessment tent at the hospital had been cleared out as of Friday. The tent was a joint operation with the emergency management offices in Readington and Holland townships.

A joint drive thru testing site with Somerset County will be open again May 21 at Raritan Valley Community College, in Branchburg. Phelan noted that private test sites are starting to open around the county.