SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Friday reported a total of 5,166 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, an increase of 41 cases overnight, along with 495 deaths since the first case was reported March 8.

Somerset County has seen a marked increase in the number of cases reported this week, a total of 128 since Monday. Just a few weeks earlier, the overnight increases were in the single digits through most of the summer.

Franklin has a total of 1,570 COVID-19 cases an increase of 25 overnight, and 144 deaths since the pandemic hit New Jersey in March.

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There are 495 COVID-19 related deaths in Somerset County. One person aged 18-29, 13 people aged 30-49, 54 people aged 50-64, 151 people aged 65-79, and 247 people over the age of 80 have died, according to statistics proved by the SCDOH as of Sept.18.

The SCDOH has confirmed the deaths of 144 Franklin Township residents; 75 in Hillsborough/Millstone; 74 in Bridgewater; 40 in Bernards Township; 37 in North Plainfield; 33 in Green Brook; 14 in Watchung; 14 in Raritan; 14 in Bound Brook; 14 in Warren; 7 in Manville; 6 in Somerville; 6 in Montgomery; 5 in Branchburg; 4 in Bedminster; 4 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, 55, Bernardsville Borough, 92; Bernards Township, 325; Branchburg, 111, Bridgewater, 542; Bound Brook, 348; Far Hills, 4; Franklin, 1,570; Green Brook, 162; Hillsborough/Millstone, 513; Manville, 170; Montgomery, 159; North Plainfield, 390; Peapack-Gladstone, 53; Raritan, 132 Rocky Hill, 5; Somerville, 163; South Bound Brook, 92; Warren, 174; Watchung, 106.

Hillsborough on Friday reported an outbreak of COVID-19 cases, with the number of positive tests expected to increase over the weekend; several children enrolled in programs at a gym and family members were exposed, according to township officials.

The New Jersey Department of Health Friday reported a total of 198,848 positive cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began its spread in the state 200 days ago, and a total of 14,270 deaths during that time, an increase of 4 overnight. There have been 3,291,916 COVID-19 tests administered in New Jersey.

The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide is now 30,490,264 with 952,223 having died as a result of exposure to the coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Friday morning.

The CDC this morning reported 202,252 COVID-19 deaths in the United States, with a total of 6,891,936 cases.

The Somerset County Department of Health has scheduled drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg on Thursdays through the end of September, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Testing is free of charge and open to Somerset County residents, age five (5) and older.

Residents will need an appointment and a valid form of identification to access the testing center. A physician’s prescription is not required.

Appointments can be scheduled online at https://somerset-hunterdon.adlabscovidtest.com.  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 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://bit.ly/AreaSites20 or 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.