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COVID-19 drive-thru testing site opens Thursday for residents of Hunterdon, Somerset counties

BRANCHBURG TOWNSHIP, NJ (Somerset County) – Somerset County and Hunterdon County, in collaboration with Raritan Valley Community College, will be opening a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site on Thursday, April 16. Testing will be by appointment only and a valid doctor’s prescription is required.

Initially, the test site at RVCC, located at 118 Lamington Rd, will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, Friday, April 17 and Monday, April 20. Additional dates will be offered based on availability of test kits and PPE. For updates click here.

Testing is free of charge and only available to Hunterdon and Somerset County residents, age five (5) and older, who are exhibiting symptoms, such as fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. At the test site, individuals must have a written doctor’s authorization and show proof of residency, such as a valid driver’s license or state-issued identification.

Starting Tuesday, April 14, after 9:00 a.m., residents can make an appointment by visiting somerset-hunterdon.adlabscovidtest.com where they will complete a registration form. Residents without access to a computer can call 908-237-7150.

Anyone who does not have an appointment and a valid prescription or written order from their physician will be turned away.

For the safety, health and security of staff and volunteers, patients must arrive by car. The testing site will not allow entry if residents don’t arrive in a vehicle, even if they have a valid driver’s license and prescription.

“Setting up a testing site for the health and safety of our residents has been the Somerset County Freeholder Board’s #1 priority. The Board, administration and staff have been working nonstop for weeks to secure the necessary test kits and PPE supplies,” Freeholder Director Shanel Y. Robinson said. “The competition between county, state and federal authorities has delayed the opening of this site and put Somerset County residents at risk.  We want to thank Congressman Tom Malinowski for his efforts to obtain the necessary equipment needed to get this site operational for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents.”

“I am advised that coupled with social distancing practices, accurate detection and containment of the Coronavirus is the best chance to flatten the curve and reduce the spread of this virus. We thank our health department staff, volunteers and Somerset County partners for cooperatively setting up this joint testing site to protect the residents of Hunterdon and Somerset counties,” Hunterdon County Freeholder Director Shaun C. Van Doren said.

“We are not going to beat this virus until we have widespread access to testing, so I’m happy we were able to work together to set up this site for Somerset and Hunterdon residents. But it’s still too hard for our state and local governments to get the basic protective equipment our medical personnel need. I’m going to keep demanding that the federal government fix the national supply chain,” Congressman Tom Malinowski said.

For more information, email coronavirus@co.somerset.nj.us.

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