Somerset County Continues to be on High Alert

Post Date:03/10/2020 2:23 PM

As of Tuesday, March 10, the New Jersey Department of Health is reporting 14 “presumptive positive” cases of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) from the New Jersey State Laboratory and one positive test from a commercial laboratory in New Jersey. Presumptive cases are persons that tested positive at a state or local laboratory for the COVID-19 virus and are waiting for confirmatory testing by the CDC.  So far, no cases have been reported in Somerset County.

“Although there are currently no reports of the coronavirus in Somerset County, we know that many residents are anxious about the possibility,” said Freeholder Director Shanel Y. Robinson. “I assure you that the county Department of Health is on high alert to promptly identify possible cases of the new coronavirus in Somerset County.

To make sure we are communicating accurate and timely information, on March 9th, I began a daily conference call with our Mayors. Our Emergency Management Council met with local health officers and other emergency response personnel to coordinate a comprehensive plan that will maintain the safety of both residents and first responders.”

“Our Health Department continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the New Jersey Department of Health and local hospitals and healthcare partners to identify cases and prevent possible transmission of the virus, and to provide residents with regular updates and guidance,” said Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher, public health & safety liaison. 

Anyone from the public needing information can contact the Somerset County Department of Health at  Additionally, the New Jersey Department of Health has set up a 24/7 public hotline with the New Jersey Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.


Because an outbreak of COVID-19 could last a long time, public health officials may recommend community actions to keep people healthy, reduce exposure to the virus and slow the spread of the disease.

The actions can include maintaining or increasing the distance between people, promoting common-sense health habits and encouraging the proper cleaning and sanitizing of surfaces. These interventions are among the best ways to control a virus when vaccines are not available. 

Additional daily health precautions that can prevent the spread of the coronavirus and other diseases:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.
  • When soap and water are not available, the public should use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
    • Do not reuse tissues after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched frequently.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

To stay informed, follow trusted sources of information such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at, the World Health Organization at, the New Jersey Department of Health at and the Somerset County Department of Health at

As the lead agency for coordinating public health disease response, the SCDOH communicates with hospitals, laboratories, emergency responders, medical providers, schools, businesses and other community organizations to share information and improve response to public health emergencies.  Representatives of these organizations are encouraged to sign up for notifications, at:

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Current Situation in Somerset County 

Current SCDOH Situation Update

Somerset County Department of Health (SCDOH) is working closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the New Jersey State Department of Health, and other health partners in monitoring the evolving situation. Somerset County remains committed to providing accurate and timely information on this situation to our communities. Residents can call 908-231-7111 for a daily automated reading of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) case count in Somerset County, New Jersey.

The SCDOH is the lead county agency to coordinate public health disease response, in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local hospitals, medical providers, and emergency medical services. To stay up-to-date on information, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for the most current information. More information and resources regarding the new coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found below.

Questions or Concerns?

Residents who have questions about the new coronavirus may contact the Somerset County Department of Health via

The NJ Poison Control Center and 211 have partnered with the New Jersey Department of Health to provide information to the public on COVID-19. Residents can call the public call center with questions and concerns at 1-800-962-1253 or 1-800-222-1222. Residents can also text NJCOVID to 898-211 for text information and to stay informed.

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COVID-19 Cases Total Deaths
Somerset County*  4,436** 463
New Jersey  174,628** 13,532
United States 3,106,931** 132,855
*All 21 municipalities            

**Includes both confirmed cases and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19. Presumptive positive cases tested positive at a state or commercial laboratory and are waiting for confirmatory testing by the CDC.

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Face Coverings

Face coverings, along with social distancing staying home when you are sick and good hand hygiene, are vital tools in the fight against COVID-19. Wearing a face covering or mask has been shown to dramatically decrease the release of droplets from people's mouths, which can carry infectious particles. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has created Mask Up, New Jersey! toolkit to encourage everyone to wear a mask in outdoor public places. Please help us remind New Jerseyans to mask up by sharing these resources on social media channels and at your offices. To view the campaign toolkit, click here: Mask Up, New Jersey!

Protect Yourself and Others

To help protect yourself and others from the spread of coronavirus, the CDC recommends everyone should:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds each time.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill and stay home when you are sick.
  • Keep distance between you and others, stay about 2 arm's length distance from others (about 6 feet).
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched daily.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.

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