SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Friday reported a total of 4,436 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, an increase of 39 cases overnight, with the death toll increasing to 463 victims.

Hillsborough showed an increase in number of cases overnight - 422 from 404, and deaths, increasing from 56 to 62, all since the pandemic hit New Jersey in March.

Those numbers, however, can be misleading. Friday's reported cases are not new cases, but the result of reconciled cases from Long Term Care Facilities in April and May.  As a result of various reporting systems, and testing laboratories there will be instances where it will appear that there are spikes, but in fact, it is a function of delayed reporting to the Health Department from the various sources of information.

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The New Jersey Department of Health Friday reported a total of 174,628 positive cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began its spread in the state 131 days ago, and a total of 13,532 deaths during that time, an increase of 31 overnight. There have been 1,623,158 COVID-19 tests administered statewide.

The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide is now 12,504,700 with 559,588 having died as a result of exposure to the coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control; & Prevention on Friday morning.

The CDC this morning reported 136,158 COVID-19 deaths in the United States, with a total of 3,250,705 cases.

The SCDOH has confirmed the deaths of 133 Franklin Township residents; 68 in Bridgewater; 62 in Hillsborough; 42 in Bernards Township; 36 in North Plainfield; 32 in Green Brook; 15 in Watchung; 14 in Warren; 14 in Bound Brook; 13 in Raritan; 7 in Manville; 7 in Somerville; 6 in Montgomery; 5 in Bedminster; 3 in Branchburg; 3 in South Bound Brook; 2 in Bernardsville 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, 43, Bernardsville Borough, 67; Bernards Township, 274; Branchburg, 89, Bridgewater, 487; Bound Brook, 335; Far Hills, 3; Franklin, 1,343; Green Brook, 147; Hillsborough, 422; Manville, 156; Millstone, 3; Montgomery, 119; North Plainfield, 330; Peapack-Gladstone, 40; Raritan, 119; Rocky Hill, 5; Somerville, 143; South Bound Brook, 84; Warren, 138; Watchung, 89.

Somerset County’s drive-thru test center at Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 16.

Testing, which is free of charge, is limited to Somerset County residents, age five (5) and older.  An appointment and valid identification are required; however, residents no longer need to obtain a physician’s prescription.

Appointments for July 16 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.

Somerset County residents who do not have an appointment will be turned away.

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.  When coming to the testing center, residents are asked to use the main entrance to the college campus, off of Route 28.

Other test sites can be found online by visiting the New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub at https://covid19.nj.gov/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.