Over 1 Million PPE Distributed
HILLSBOROUGH – Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher announced that the Somerset County Office of Emergency Management has distributed over 1 million articles of personal protective equipment (PPE) to long-term care facilities (81%), municipal OEMs (14%) and first responders.
The bulk of critically needed supplies was provided by the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management. Personal and private donations from residents, businesses and community organizations also were distributed, including face masks, hand sanitizer and gloves.
“It was difficult to get PPE initially, so we purchased what we could. But what really made a difference for our first responders was the amount of PPE supplies members of our community donated. We are incredibly grateful for their generosity,” said Freeholder Director Shanel Y. Robinson. “Of course, we could not have limited the spread of the coronavirus as much as we did without the help of Governor Murphy, our legislators and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.”
“This has been an outstanding collaborative initiative,” said Freeholder Gallagher, public health and safety liaison. “Several of the support functions of our Emergency Operations Center, including those provided by our Emergency Management and Facilities and Services Divisions, have done a tremendous job of communicating with the state OEM, managing and breaking down supplies, and delivering critical PPE to locations where they were most needed.”
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.