First Day of COVID-19 Testing Completed

Post Date:04/16/2020 8:57 PM
BRANCHBURG – A total of 150 residents from Somerset and Hunterdon counties were scheduled to be screened on the first day of COVID testing at Raritan Valley Community College. 
"We have been working diligently for weeks to set up a safe and secure testing site for residents,” said Freeholder Director Shanel Y. Robinson. “I want to thank everyone involved in making today’s event such a success, including the Somerset and Hunterdon County Departments of Health, our volunteers, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office and Raritan Valley Community College.”
Of those registered, 91 patients were tested; ten others were turned away, either because they didn’t have an appointment or a doctor’s order. Test results, which are expected within two to three days, will be sent to the patient’s physician.
There are 105 residents scheduled for testing on Friday, April 17. When coming to the testing center at RVCC, residents are asked to use the main entrance to the college campus, off of Route 28. The center will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on April 17 and 20. Additional dates will be offered based on the availability of resources. Check for updates.
“Opening the test site is just the first step,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Sara Sooy. “We are already putting plans in place in anticipation of supporting Somerset County’s economic recovery, after we flatten the curve and stop the spread of the coronavirus.”
Because priority is being given to those who are exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus, residents must have a valid doctor’s prescription, ID and an appointment. Testing is free of charge and only available to Hunterdon and Somerset County residents, age five (5) and older.
Residents can make an appointment by registering at: Those 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.
For more information, contact
 Testing Site
 Cars are lined up at the first station of the COVID-19 testing center at Raritan Valley Community College, where Department of Health staff confirm that patients have an appointment and doctor’s authorization.



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Namitha Reddy, MD, MPH, Director and Health Officer

Phone: 908-231-7155
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Fax: 908-704-8042 
Mail: 27 Warren Street, P.O. Box 3000 Somerville, NJ 08876
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Please note the COVID-19 testing at Raritan Valley Community College scheduled on Thursday, August 13 was canceled due to weather. Residents who had appointments on this day will have their appointments transferred to Thursday, August 20th. 

**TO CANCEL: If you would like to cancel your appointment for Thursday, August 20th , please email


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Residents can call 908-231-7111 for a daily automated reading of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) case count in Somerset County, New Jersey.

COVID-19 Cases Total Deaths
Somerset County* 4,761** 489
New Jersey 187,164** 14,064
United States 5,228,817** 166,317

  *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. 

As of 8/14/20, 3pm

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The Somerset County Department of Health is dedicated to fostering healthy lifestyles and a safe environment through effective leadership in public health, comprehensive planning, development of proactive community partnerships and a continued commitment to public health service.  Additionally, SCDOH is the lead agency responsible for countywide Public Health emergency planning and response activities.  

SCDOH provides essential public health services to our contract communities including: 

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SCDOH also provides and supports  essential services throughout the County and the region, including:

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