Somerset County COVID Cases Remain 'Very High:' See Town Updates

Tom Davis

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ — The coronavirus continues to take a grim toll on Somerset County, impacting local businesses and schools in the region, according to updated state data (see town-by-town update below).

The state Department of Health's most recent "COVID-19 Activity Level Report," which is issued weekly, says Somerset County is in the “red zone” for coronavirus cases.

Somerset County reported a 10-month total of 12,908 cases on Saturday, an increase of 759 from the previous week.

Somerset is among a number of counties that have started vaccination programs, announced immunization sites or both. Read more: Updated Information As Somerset Co. COVID Vaccine Sites Announced

The “red zone,” meanwhile, means the daily new COVID-19 virus case rate, per 100,000 people, rose to "very high" in all 21 counties. That means they exceed 25 cases per 1,000 people.

The latest reports say the overall coronavirus activity level also rose from "moderate," or “yellow,” to "high," or “orange,” in recent weeks in all 21 New Jersey counties.

With the rise to a "high" level, state officials said, school districts in those counties may have to take more serious steps — such as quarantining or even shutting down schools — if a child shows the symptoms of COVID-19.

"When it is high risk, there are some recommendations that we make together with local school boards," said Edward Lifshitz, medical director for the state Department of Health.

Indeed, a number of school districts have shifted to remote instruction as the numbers have risen.

The overall coronavirus risk rose to "high" in each of the counties because:

  • The new daily case rate in each of the counties rose to 10 or more per 100,000 people.

  • The percent of COVID-19-like illnesses rose above 5.52 in each of the counties.

  • The percent of positive cases rose above 10.01.

Somerset County officials provided the following breakdown of cases by town:

Bedminster Township

  • Cases Reported: 184

  • Fatalities Reported: 4

Bernards Township

  • Cases Reported: 732

  • Fatalities Reported: 45

Bernardsville Borough

  • Cases Reported: 281

  • Fatalities Reported: 4

Bound Brook Borough

  • Cases Reported: 731

  • Fatalities Reported: 17

Branchburg Township

  • Cases Reported: 358

  • Fatalities Reported: 4

Bridgewater Township

  • Cases Reported: 1,380

  • Fatalities Reported: 91

Far Hills Borough

  • Cases Reported: 13

  • Fatalities Reported: 0

Franklin Township

  • Cases Reported: 3,252

  • Fatalities Reported: 174

Green Brook Township

  • Cases Reported: 283

  • Fatalities Reported: 33

Hillsborough Twp & Millstone Boro

  • Cases Reported: 1,245

  • Fatalities Reported: 82

Manville Borough

  • Cases Reported: 500

  • Fatalities Reported: 12

Montgomery Township

  • Cases Reported: 502

  • Fatalities Reported: 7

North Plainfield Borough

  • Cases Reported: 1,047

  • Fatalities Reported: 45

Peapack-Gladstone Borough

  • Cases Reported: 117

  • Fatalities Reported: 2

Raritan Borough

  • Cases Reported: 350

  • Fatalities Reported: 17

Rocky Hill Borough

  • Cases Reported: 16

  • Fatalities Reported: 1

Somerville Borough

  • Cases Reported: 532

  • Fatalities Reported: 7

South Bound Brook Borough

  • Cases Reported: 253

  • Fatalities Reported: 4

Warren Township

  • Cases Reported: 454

  • Fatalities Reported: 17

Watchung Borough

  • Cases Reported: 222

  • Fatalities Reported: 15

This article originally appeared on the Hillsborough Patch