SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ — Just as the first COVID-19 vaccines were administered this week in Somerset County, the county is ramping up coronavirus testing.
“Testing doesn’t stop just because the vaccine is coming,” said Somerset County Spokesman Nathan Rudy.
Rudy said the county has been ramping up coronavirus testing over the past 6 months at its drive-thru testing at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg.
Now the county will put testing in overdrive with some new additions including Somerset County “exploring a partnership to have the tests delivered to homes so residents can do the test themselves and send it back.”
Additionally, the county is working with non-profits and looking to set up mobile sites around the area for residents to have better and faster access to tests.
“We want to make sure anyone that wants to be tested can do it,” said Rudy.
COVID-19 Vaccine Preparations
On Monday, the first COVID-19 vaccine was given to Jennilyn Juan, a nurse working on the COVID-19 floor at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset. The hospital opened its employee vaccine clinic to its high-risk, frontline employees and medical staff. Read More: COVID-19 Nurse Is First To Get Vaccine At RWJ Hospital Somerset
In preparation for when the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available to the general public, Rudy said Somerset County is currently in the process of identifying sites or points of distribution(POD).
“We are splitting the county into three parts — north, south and central — and have points of distributions in each part so that it is within reach of anyone in the community,” said Rudy.
Rudy said pharmacies, hospitals, and municipalities are looking to get on board to be ready to administer the vaccines once available.
“This is a multifaceted and fluid situation,” said Rudy. “The state’s goal is to have 70 percent vaccinated by the summer. We are looking to exceed that.”
As of Wednesday, the state is reporting Somerset County had 86 new positive coronavirus cases since Tuesday and a total of 11,752. The total number of deaths is 565 since March for the county.
Somerset County officials provided the following breakdown of cases by town. (Note that Somerset County reported totals may differ from the town’s or the state’s own numbers because of reporting times and other variations.):
- Bedminster Township: 162 cases (5 deaths)
- Bernards Township: 649 cases (44 deaths)
- Bernardsville Borough: 257 cases (4 deaths)
- Bound Brook Borough: 689 cases (18 deaths)
- Branchburg Township: 316 cases (6 deaths)
- Bridgewater Township: 1,254 cases (87 deaths)
- Far Hills Borough: 12 cases (0 deaths)
- Franklin Township: 2,943 cases (170 deaths)
- Green Brook Township: 258 cases (33 deaths)
- Hillsborough Township & Millstone: 1,119 cases (80 deaths)
- Manville Borough: 438 cases (9 deaths)
- Montgomery Township: 458 cases (10 deaths)
- North Plainfield Borough: 966 cases (43 deaths)
- Peapack-Gladstone Borough: 111 cases (1 death)
- Raritan Borough: 314 cases (17 deaths)
- Rocky Hills Borough: 16 cases (0 deaths)
- Somerville Borough: 476 cases (7 deaths)
- South Bound Brook Borough: 234 cases (3 deaths)
- Warren Township: 413 cases (15 deaths)
- Watchung Borough: 211 cases (14 deaths)
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