SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Tuesday reported an increase of 127 positive tests for the COVID-19 virus overnight, bringing the total number of cases to 7,332 with 529 COVID-10 deaths reported since March 8.

The New Jersey Department of Health on Tuesday reported a total of 285,519 positive cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began its spread in the state 256 days ago, an increase of 4,026 overnight.  There was an increase of 38 deaths overnight, bringing the state total to 14.817. There have been 5,374,691 COVID-19 tests administered in New Jersey.

Franklin has a total of 2,051 COVID-19 cases and an increase of 33 overnight, and 164 deaths since the pandemic hit New Jersey in March.

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There are 529 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 Nov. 17.

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The SCDOH has confirmed the deaths of 164 Franklin Township residents; 81 in Hillsborough/Millstone; 75 in Bridgewater; 43 in Bernards Township; 41 in North Plainfield; 32 in Green Brook; 14 in Watchung; 14 in Raritan; 14 in Bound Brook; 16 in Warren; 6 in Manville; 6 in Somerville; 6 in Montgomery; 6 in Branchburg; 4 in Bedminster; 3 in Bernardsville; 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 by town: Bedminster, 89, Bernardsville Borough, 147; Bernards Township, 447; Branchburg, 192, Bridgewater, 739; Bound Brook, 473; Far Hills, 7; Franklin, 2,051; Green Brook, 196; Hillsborough/Millstone, 748; Manville, 269; Montgomery, 255; North Plainfield, 635; Peapack-Gladstone, 80; Raritan, 221; Rocky Hill, 7; Somerville, 252; South Bound Brook, 153; Warren, 238; Watchung, 133.

The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide is now 55,678,163 including 1,338,088 deaths, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control & Prevention on Tuesday morning, with 11,576,029 cases in the United States and 253,064 deaths.

The Somerset County Department of Health will continue to hold drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg once a week through Dec. 2. The testing center will be open on the following dates:

Thursday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m,

Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Residents will need to make an appointment and have a valid form of identification to access the testing center. Appointments can be scheduled online at https://somerset-hunterdon.adlabscovidtest.com.  A physician’s prescription is not required. Testing is free of charge and open to Somerset County residents, age five (5) and older.

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 county holidays.

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 Route 28.

Information about other area test sites can be found at https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/testing.

For more information, visit  www.co.somerset.nj.us/covid19status for updates or contact the Somerset County Department of Health at coronavirus@co.somerset.nj.us