Positive number of COVID cases in Hightstown continues upward climb


The number of Hightstown residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 has continued its upward climb, according to results released by the New Jersey Department of Health May 13.

There were 123 Hightstown residents who had tested positive for the disease through May 12, officials said. This is an increase of 16 residents over 107 residents who had tested positive through May 4.

The first case of COVID-19 in Highstown Borough was reported March 23.

Mercer County opened an appointment-only, walk-up testing center in Hightstown at St. Anthony of Padua Church at 156 Maxwell Ave. on May 8. It will be open every Friday, starting at noon. There is no charge for the test.

The testing center in the church parking lot is intended to help Hightstown and East Windsor residents who cannot drive to the main, drive-through testing center at the Quaker Bridge Mall in Lawrence Township.

Residents who have COVID-19 symptoms and who want to be tested would need a prescription from their physician before they can make an appointment for a test, officials said.

To be eligible for testing, it is necessary to be examined by a primary care physician, officials said. The physician will decide whether a test is needed, based on the symptoms.

Residents who do not have a primary care physician can call the Henry J. Austin Health Center at 609-278-5900. They can help put the resident in touch with a physician by phone or video.