SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Public Health & Safety department is exploring all options to develop a COVID-19 testing site, including securing test kits and the appropriate personal protective equipment for staff, according to Freeholder Director Shanel Y. Robinson.
"We are working with Governor Murphy, the New Jersey Health Department and the State Police regarding the potential for setting up a drive-through testing site,” Robinson said Friday morning. “However, the initial pilots are being done in Bergen and Monmouth; future sites will be determined based on access to materials.
The first test site at Bergen County Community College opened Friday morning, with a long line of cars waiting; the second site, at the PNC Arts Center off the Garden State Parkway in Holmdel, is expected to be operational early next week.
"We will continue our efforts, keep you apprised of where we stand, and do everything we can to ensure all possible resources are brought to Somerset County for our residents," Robinson said.
There are 10,442 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States and 150 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
New Jersey has 742 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 30 of which are in Somerset County, according to the most up-to-date figures posted by the Somerset County Department of Health Friday afternoon. There are nine deaths statewide attributed to the virus.
Franklin has 6 cases, followed by Bridgewater and Montgomery, both of which have 5 cases. Green Brook, Hillsborough, North Plainfield and Warren each have 2; with Bound Brook, Branchburg, Manville, Peapack-Gladstone, Somerville and Watchung each reporting 1 case, according to the Somerset County Department of Health.
No cases have been reported in Bedminster, Bernardsville Borough, Bernardsville Township, Far Hills, Millstone, Raritan, Rocky Hill or South Bound Brook, accordng to the SCDOH.