Sharing Experiences During an Extraordinary Time

Post Date:05/26/2020 2:29 PM

Historians and anthropologists know a lot about our past from records and items that everyday people kept, including letters, recipes, books, journals and artwork.  

The outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is a period of history that people will be studying for years. A century from now, historians will want to know how the pandemic made people feel, how it impacted our culture and affected the economy.  

The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission is asking residents to help document this extraordinary time by sharing their thoughts, experiences and feelings.  

"The overall national and statewide experiences are well documented, however the personal experiences within our County also need to be preserved for history. The challenges, the triumphs and the heartbreak from every aspect of this pandemic will be important parts of Somerset County history, and we need your help in compiling these experiences.” said Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher, Cultural & Heritage Commission liaison.

If you wish to express how the pandemic has impacted you and your loved ones, visit to access:

  • A survey suitable for adults and teens
  • Coloring and activity pages for kids
  • Connection Cards with ideas for things to do while staying at home together

Responses will be preserved digitally as "Somerset County Remembers."  We hope this will give future historians a snapshot of life during this time.

New content will be added regularly, so please keep checking back at to access all available pages and read the terms and guidelines for submitting content.

For more information, contact the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission at or 908-231-7110.

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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. 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*  5,193** 495
New Jersey  200,154** 14,278
United States 6,786,352** 199,024
*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 9/21/20, 2pm


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Current SCDOH Situation Update

September 18, 2020 - SCDOH Situation Update #33


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Helpful Resources


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Contact Tracing

Contact tracing is critical to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and keeping you, your loved ones, and your community safe and healthy. Contact tracing is used by health departments to prevent the spread of infectious disease.

Cloth or Disposable Masks

Cloth or disposable masks along with social distancing, staying home when you are sick and good hand hygiene, are vital tools in the fight against COVID-19. 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:

  • Wear a cloth or disposable mask when in public.
  • 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. 
  • Keep distance between you and others, stay about 2 arm's length distance from others (about 6 feet).
  • Stay home when sick and avoid sick people.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched daily.
  • Monitor your daily health.
  • Stay up to date about COVID-19!

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The checklist below is recommended Guidance for Outdoor Dining for Restaurants and Food Establishments

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Mental Health Resources

Mental Health

NJ Hope and Healing (free emotional support, 7days/Week 8am to 8pm) 

  • Call 866-202-4357 (HELP) or test NJHOPE to 51684
  • For Deaf and Hard of Hearing (M-F 9am to 5pm) , call  973-870-0677

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