Coronavirus Update - March 25
As of March 25, a total of 139 cases of COVID-19 and 2 deaths have been reported in Somerset County. The New Jersey Department of Health is reporting a total of 4,402 cases and 62 deaths in New Jersey.
Everyone has the potential to be infected with a new disease like COVID-19. No one has immunity to it, which is why we are seeing such rapid spread. People who look completely healthy may be infected and can actively spread COVID-19 to others
The Somerset County Department of Health strongly urges residents to limit their risk of exposure by staying home and avoiding close contact with people outside of their household.
Individuals can lower their risk of contracting coronavirus disease by taking the same measures that are recommended to prevent the spread of the flu and other respiratory illness:
· Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
· Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
· Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
· Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick
· Stay home when you are sick.
Social distancing or keeping at least 2 arms-length (about six feet) away from others is especially important to protect older people and those with underlying health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other ailments. While COVID-19 is a respiratory disease, it is more infectious and much deadlier than the flu.
Public health officials are conducting interviews and working diligently to identify people who have been in contact with individuals who have tested positive for the coronavirus. Each person is assessed for their exposure risk and provided guidance for their health and recommendations for self-isolation or other measures.
This is a rapidly changing situation, and information is being shared as it becomes available. It is important to stay up to date by following trusted sources of information such as a the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov, the World Health Organizations at www.who.int, the New Jersey Department of Health at www.nj.gov/health and the Somerset County Department of Health at www.co.somerset.nj.us/health.
Somerset County in collaboration with Raritan Valley Community College will be holding a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site on*:
- Thursday, July 2nd from 10am to 12pm
Testing is by appointment only and proof of residency is required. Anyone without an appointment will be turned away. Testing is free of charge and is only available for Somerset County residents, age five (5) and older.
Appointments can be made online at https://somerset-hunterdon.adlabscovidtest.com. Residents without computer access or wishing to schedule an appointment for children age 5-18 should call the Somerset County COVID-19 drive-thru testing information line at 908-203-6014. The information line is available Monday-Friday, from 9 AM to 1PM, expect on holidays.
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 an appointment.
The testing site location is Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg. When coming to the testing center, residents are asked to use the main entrance to the college campus, off of Route 28.
*Additional dates will be offered based on availability of resources. Check www.co.somerset.nj.us/covid19status for updates.