SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Thursday reported 18,447 positive tests for the COVID-19 virus, an increase of 73 cases overnight, with 685 COVID-19 deaths reported since March 8.

Franklin has a total of 4,603 COVID-19 cases, and 203 deaths since the pandemic hit New Jersey in March.

There are 685 COVID-19 related deaths in Somerset County. One person aged 18-29, 15 people aged 30-49, 55 people aged 50-64, 161 people aged 65-79, and 262 people over the age of 80 have died, according to statistics proved by the SCDOH as of March 4.

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The SCDOH confirmed the deaths of 203 Franklin Township residents; 89 in Hillsborough/Millstone; 101 in Bridgewater; 47 in Bernards Township; 50 in North Plainfield; 35 in Green Brook; 15 in Watchung; 22 in Raritan; 22 in Bound Brook; 18 in Warren; 18 in Manville; 15 in Somerville; 20 in Montgomery; 9 in Branchburg; 5 in Bedminster; 5 in Bernardsville; 4 in South Bound Brook; 4 in Peapack-Gladstone and 1 in Rocky Hill and 1 in Far Hills.

Here is the breakdown of confirmed cases by town: Bedminster, 316, Bernardsville Borough, 467; Bernards Township, 1,168; Bound Brook, 989; Branchburg, 649; Bridgewater, 2,041; Far Hills, 38; Franklin, 4,623; Green Brook, 402; Hillsborough/Millstone, 1,792; Manville, 798; Montgomery, 791; North Plainfield, 1,459; Peapack-Gladstone, 181; Raritan, 482; Rocky Hill, 21; Somerville, 837; South Bound Brook, 352; Warren, 719; Watchung, 327.

The New Jersey Department of Health on Thursday reported a total of 712,585 positive cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began its spread in the state 353 days ago, an increase of 2,539 overnight. The death toll in New Jersey is 21,094, an increase of 42 overnight.

There have been 10,806,397 COVID-19 tests administered in New Jersey. 

New Jersey administered 1,497,039 first doses, and 759,638-second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Department of Health.

The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide is 116,034,749 including 2,576,238 deaths, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control & Prevention on Thursday morning, with 29,469,081 cases in the United States and 531,951 deaths.