BRANCHBURG, NJ – A total of 150 residents from Somerset and Hunterdon counties were scheduled to be screened on Thursday, the first day of COVID testing at Raritan Valley Community College.
"We have been working diligently for weeks to set up a safe and secure testing site for residents,” said Freeholder Director Shanel Y. Robinson. “I want to thank everyone involved in making today’s event such a success, including the Somerset and Hunterdon County Departments of Health, our volunteers, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office and Raritan Valley Community College.”
Of those registered, 91 patients were tested; ten others were turned away, either because they didn’t have an appointment or a doctor’s order. Test results, which are expected within two to three days, will be sent to the patient’s physician.
There are 105 residents scheduled for testing on Friday, April 17. When coming to the testing center at RVCC, residents are asked to use the main entrance to the college campus, off of Route 28. The center will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on April 17 and 20. Additional dates will be offered based on the availability of resources. Check www.co.somerset.nj.us/covid19status for updates.
“Opening the test site is just the first step,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Sara Sooy. “We are already putting plans in place in anticipation of supporting Somerset County’s economic recovery, after we flatten the curve and stop the spread of the coronavirus.”
Because priority is being given to those who are exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus, residents must have a valid doctor’s prescription, ID and an appointment. Testing is free of charge and only available to Hunterdon and Somerset County residents, age five (5) and older.
Residents can make an appointment by registering at: https://somerset-hunterdon.adlabscovidtest.com. Those without access to a computer can call (908) 237-7150.
Anyone who does not have an appointment and a valid prescription or written order from their physician will be turned away.
For the safety, health and security of staff and volunteers, patients must arrive by car. The testing site will not allow entry if residents don’t arrive in a vehicle, even if they have a valid driver’s license and prescription.
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