Joint COVID-19 Testing Site At RVCC Opens April 16
By Appointment only; Doctor's Authorization is required
BRANCHBURG – Somerset County and Hunterdon County, in collaboration with Raritan Valley Community College, will be opening a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site on Thursday, April 16. Testing will be by appointment only and a valid doctor’s prescription is required.
Initially, the test site at RVCC, located at 118 Lamington Rd, will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 16, 17 and 20. Additional dates will be offered based on availability of test kits and PPE. Check www.co.somerset.nj.us/covid19status for updates.
Testing is free of charge and only available to Hunterdon and Somerset County residents, age five (5) and older, who are exhibiting symptoms, such as fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. At the test site, individuals must have a written doctor’s authorization and show proof of residency, such as a valid driver’s license or state-issued identification.
Starting Tuesday, April 14, after 9 a.m., residents can make an appointment by visiting https://somerset-hunterdon.adlabscovidtest.com where they will complete a registration form. Residents 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.
"Setting up a testing site for the health and safety of our residents has been the Somerset County Freeholder Board’s #1 priority. The Board, administration and staff have been working nonstop for weeks to secure the necessary test kits and PPE supplies,” said Freeholder Director Shanel Y. Robinson. “The competition between county, state and federal authorities has delayed the opening of this site and put Somerset County residents at risk. We want to thank Congressman Tom Malinowski for his efforts to obtain the necessary equipment needed to get this site operational for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents.”
Hunterdon County Freeholder Director Shaun C. Van Doren said, "I am advised that coupled with social distancing practices, accurate detection and containment of the Coronavirus is the best chance to flatten the curve and reduce the spread of this virus. We thank our health department staff, volunteers and Somerset County partners for cooperatively setting up this joint testing site to protect the residents of Hunterdon and Somerset counties."
"We are not going to beat this virus until we have widespread access to testing, so I’m happy we were able to work together to set up this site for Somerset and Hunterdon residents. But it’s still too hard for our state and local governments to get the basic protective equipment our medical personnel need. I’m going to keep demanding that the federal government fix the national supply chain," said Congressman Tom Malinowski.
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Current Situation in Somerset County
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.
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