SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Friday reported a total of 5,017 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, an increase of 31 cases overnight, along with 494 deaths since the first case was reported March 8.

The overnight increase is one of the biggest in several weeks, with new cases reported in 10 of 21 Somerset County tpwns. Franklin Township, with 12 new cases, experienced the biggest increase

Somerville has had a total of 160 COVID-19 cases since March, with 6 deaths.

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The New Jersey Department of Health Friday reported a total of 195,888 positive cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began its spread in the state 193 days ago, and a total of 14,234 deaths during that time, an increase of 9 overnight. There have been 3,140,736 COVID-19 tests administered in New Jersey.

The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide is now 28,546,828 with 911,716 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 196,810 COVID-19 deaths in the United States, with a total of 6,608,623 cases.

The SCDOH has confirmed the deaths of 141 Franklin Township residents; 77 in Hillsborough/Millstone; 72 in Bridgewater; 42 in Bernards Township; 37 in North Plainfield; 33 in Green Brook; 14 in Watchung; 14 in Raritan; 14 in Bound Brook; 13 in Warren; 8 in Manville; 6 in Somerville; 6 in Montgomery; 5 in Bedminster; 5 in Branchburg; 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, 54, Bernardsville Borough, 85; Bernards Township, 317; Branchburg, 111, Bridgewater, 528; Bound Brook, 347; Far Hills, 3; Franklin, 1,519; Green Brook, 161; Hillsborough/Millstone, 492; Manville, 168; Montgomery, 149; North Plainfield, 375; Peapack-Gladstone, 52; Raritan, 129 Rocky Hill, 5; Somerville, 160; South Bound Brook, 87; Warren, 167; Watchung, 104.

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.