Hightstown reports COVID-19 update

The number of Hightstown residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 has begun to level off, according to results released by the New Jersey Department of Health on May 22.

There have been no new daily cases of COVID-19 reported to officials since May 16, officials said. As of May 20, 122 Hightstown residents had tested positive for the illness.

The first case of COVID-19 in Hightstown was reported on 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 is 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 on S. Broad Street in Trenton, opposite the Mercer County administration building at 640 S. Broad St.

Mercer County residents who have COVID-19 symptoms or who believe they may have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 and who want to be tested would need a prescription from their primary care 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.

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.