During his daily coronavirus update on April 14, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, will open as a new COVID-19 test site for residents of Somerset and Hunterdon counties on April 16.
Testing is free for all residents age 5 and older, and by appointment only. Residents must exhibit symptoms related to the coronavirus, such as, dry cough, fever or shortness of breath.
Each individual to be tested will need to present a written doctor’s prescription. They will be required to present proof of county residency in the form of a driver’s license or state issued identification. As a safety precaution, individuals must arrive at the test site in a car.
A joint test site for Somerset and Hunterdon counties has been sought by the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders from the start of the pandemic.
On April 3, the freeholders announced they were in contact with Congressman Tom Malinowski and Murphy subsequently established a joint COVID-19 test site with Hunterdon County.
The biggest hurdle Somerset County officials said at the time to get a test site up and running was securing enough testing kits and more personal protective equipment for healthcare professionals who would staff the site.
“We have been working very hard behind the scenes to get access to supplies and to set up a test site for the health and safety of our residents,” Freeholder Director Shanel Y. Robinson said on April 3.
“Our partners in this initiative include Congressman Malinowski, Gov. Murphy, the New Jersey Department of Health, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management and Hunterdon County. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure that all possible resources are made available to residents in Somerset and Hunterdon counties,” Robinson said.
To make an appointment, residents of Somerset and Hunterdon counties may visit somerset-hunterdon.adlabscovidtest.com/
Individuals who do not have access to a computer may call 908-237-7150 to make an appointment.