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Nine New Township Coronavirus Cases, Total Is 25

Nine New Township Coronavirus Cases, Total Is 25

In the biggest one-day jump since the first Franklin-connected coronavirus patient, nine more township residents were confirmed to have the disease on March 24. The count now brings the township’s total number of patients to 25, by far the most of any Somerset County town. The township now has nearly one-quarter of all the 106 […]

School District Adds Bus Deliveries For ‘Go Packs’

School District Adds Bus Deliveries For ‘Go Packs’

Multi-day breakfast and lunch “Go Packs” will be distributed to township students at 30 bus stops on five days in March and April, beginning March 26. The bus deliveries are in addition to the two-day-a-week “Go Pack” distribution now ongoing from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at four township schools: Franklin Middle School – Sampson G. Smith campus, […]

School District Modifies Food Distribution Program

School District Modifies Food Distribution Program

The school district has cut the number of days it is distributing food as a result of Gov. Phil Murphy’s latest Executive Order regarding the coronavirus. Schools Superintendent John Ravally said that the district made the change because it is “trying to minimize the number of staff and frequency of staff in buildings to deliver […]

First Franklin COVID-19 Death; Total Cases Set At 15, Including 9-Year-Old

First Franklin COVID-19 Death; Total Cases Set At 15, Including 9-Year-Old

A 73-year-old township man is Franklin’s first fatality attributed to the coronavirus, and a 9-year-old child is among four new cases, authorities said March 22. The man who died was the township’s first recorded positive coronavirus case, according to a person with knowledge of the circumstances. He also had underlying medical issues, the person said. […]

Personal Protective Equipment Donations Sought For Hospital, First Responders

Personal Protective Equipment Donations Sought For Hospital, First Responders

“Nonessential” businesses are asked to donate their personal protection equipment for the benefit of RWJ University Hospital – Somerset and local first responders. The effort, scheduled to run from March 23-28, is being coordinated by the Somerset County Office of Emergency Management, and was started as a means to respond to low supplies of the […]

COVID-19 Update: Six Cases Now In Franklin

COVID-19 Update: Six Cases Now In Franklin

There are now six confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease in Franklin, as of March 20. Of the three newest, one person is in their 30s and two are in their 20s. They join three men in their 70s who have already been diagnosed, at least one of whom is in a hospital.

‘Residents Helping Residents’ Group Seeks To Assist Neighbors

‘Residents Helping Residents’ Group Seeks To Assist Neighbors

A group of township residents have banded together to offer their help to Franklinites who might need it while the coronavirus emergency exists. Referring to themselves as “Neighbors Helping Neighbors,” the group sees its mission as being “a truly grassroots campaign to mobilize volunteers to help those in need,” according to its web site. Initially, […]

Updated: Somerset County Studying Drive-Through Coronavirus Testing Site

Updated: Somerset County Studying Drive-Through Coronavirus Testing Site

Update: Somerset County officials are working with Hunterdon County officials to create a testing site. They are waiting on acquiring test kits, according to Mayor Phil Kramer. Original Story: County officials are “exploring all options” in bringing a coronavirus testing site to Somerset County. That includes securing the necessary testing kits and personal protection equipment […]

Third Township Resident Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Third Township Resident Tests Positive For Coronavirus

A 72-year-old township resident is Franklin’s third confirmed case of coronavirus, authorities said March 19. The Somerset County Health Department is looking into how the resident may have contracted the disease, according to a press release from the Franklin Township Police Department. All three township residents who have tested positive for the disease are in […]

Mayor Kramer: Statewide Lock Down Is Best Way To Avoid Hospital Crush

Mayor Kramer: Statewide Lock Down Is Best Way To Avoid Hospital Crush

Township Mayor Phil Kramer said that he joined a fellow mayor in calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to enact a statewide “lock down” to avoid catastrophes at state hospitals caused by the burgeoning coronavirus disease. Kramer, a neurologist, signed on to a letter to Murphy written by East Brunswick Mayor Brad Cohen, also a physician, […]