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Coronavirus Update: Positive Test Results Increasing, More Than 200 In Past Week

Another 31 Franklin residents reported positive tests for the coronavirus over the weekend, according to the township Office of Emergency Management.

There were 11 positive results reported on November 21 and 20 positive results reported on November 22, according to OEM.

That brings to 2,105 the number of Franklin residents who have tested positive for the virus since mid-March.

The number of Franklin residents whose deaths have been attributed to the virus holds steady at 158.

A total of 208 residents tested positive between November 15 and November 22.

Note: These are the latest reported numbers for positive test results and deaths, as of the date indicated. These numbers may change, due to periodic inaccuracies in the reporting method. The Franklin Reporter & Advocate has no opportunity to check these numbers in real time.

The Somerset County Department of Health will hold drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Raritan Valley Community College from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 2.

Residents will need to make an appointment and have a valid form of identification to access the testing center. Appointments can be scheduled online at https://somerset-hunterdon.adlabscovidtest.com/.  A physician’s prescription is not required. Testing is free of charge and open to Somerset County residents, age five (5) and older.

Residents who do not have computer access, or who would like to schedule an appointment for children age five to 18 years old, can call the COVID-19 testing information line at 908-203-6014, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., not including county holidays.

For the safety, health and security of staff and volunteers, patients must arrive by car. The drive-thru test site will not allow entry if residents do not arrive in a vehicle, even if they have a valid ID.  Anyone who does not have an appointment will be turned away.

When coming to the testing center, residents are asked to use the main entrance to the college campus, off Route 28.

Information about area test sites can be found at https://bit.ly/AreaSites20 or https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/testing.

Test sites can also be found online by visiting the New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub at https://covid19.nj.gov/testing.

The township OEM says that the best way to protect yourself and your family from this coronavirus and other diseases is to follow simple daily health precautions:  

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds each time.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Stay at home unless you are essential or seeking essential services.

The New Jersey Department of Health is providing information to residents and has set up a 24/7 public hotline with the New Jersey Coronavirus & Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.

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