SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Monday reported an increase of 71 positive tests for the COVID-19 virus overnight, bringing the total number of cases to 8,631 with 534 COVID-19 deaths reported since March 8. 

The New Jersey Department of Health on Monday reported a total of 337,304, positive cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began its spread in the state 268 days ago, an increase of 3,190 overnight. There was an increase of 15 deaths, bringing the state total to 15,164. There have been 6,086,496 COVID-19 tests administered in New Jersey.

Franklin has a total of 2,319 COVID-19 cases and an increase of 15 overnight, and 165 deaths since the pandemic hit New Jersey in March.

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There are 534 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. 30.

TAP here for Somerset County COVID-19 related information.

The SCDOH has confirmed the deaths of 165 Franklin Township residents; 81 in Hillsborough/Millstone; 74 in Bridgewater; 42 in Bernards Township; 39 in North Plainfield; 33 in Green Brook; 15 in Watchung; 14 in Raritan; 16 in Bound Brook; 16 in Warren; 10 in Manville; 7 in Somerville; 6 in Montgomery; 5 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, 114, Bernardsville Borough, 186; Bernards Township, 515; Branchburg, 233, Bridgewater, 916; Bound Brook, 561; Far Hills, 9; Franklin, 2,319; Green Brook, 212; Hillsborough/Millstone, 864; Manville, 331; Montgomery, 319; North Plainfield, 743; Peapack-Gladstone, 87; Raritan, 262; Rocky Hill, 7; Somerville, 328; South Bound Brook, 177; Warren, 308; Watchung, 149. The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide is now 63,288,796 including 1,469,288 deaths, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control & Prevention on Monday morning, with 13,760,186 cases in the United States and 273,160 deaths.

The Township of Franklin will host a free COVID-19 & Antibody Testing + flu shot event at FBOE Community Campus 2301 RT 27, Somerset, New Jersey 08873 Tuesday from 10 am to 7 pm. TAP here for details. 

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 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