1-15: New COVID Cases Total 63 for Week; NJ Vaccination Strategy Expanded; Free Mental Health Resources; MLK Day of Service; Free Rabies Clinic; Full Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been thirteen (13) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 1-13-21.  Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.


 

WEEKLY CASES OVER 60 AGAIN FOR MONTY/ROCKY HILL

Weekly number of new COVID cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill, most recently for the week ending January 15.

 

Montgomery and Rocky Hill have recorded 63 new cases of COVID-19 over the last week, the second worst week since the pandemic started.  The Montgomery Department of Health describes the latest trend “a surge on top of a surge” following the recent holiday period.  “I urge residents to remain vigilant by wearing masks, washing hands, and maintaining social distance as vaccines roll out,” said Stephanie D. Carey, the Montgomery Health Officer.

NJ VACCINATION STRATEGY EXPANDED

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy this week announced that eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations has been expanded to all persons aged 65 and older and to younger adults with certain medical conditions that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus. Those conditions include cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, Down Syndrome, heart conditions, obesity and severe obesity, sickle cell disease, smoking, and type 2 diabetes mellitus.

The best way to get in line for a vaccination is to pre-register to be vaccinated via New Jersey’s pre-registration website, covidvaccine.nj.gov, where you will be asked a few questions to identify the order of vaccination for which you qualify.  Contact information, including an email address, your physical address, and a phone number will be requested. When your turn arrives, you then will receive an offer to make an appointment at a nearby vaccination site.

The Montgomery Health Department indicates that vaccine supplies remain limited, so patience is required even among those now qualified for vaccination. Additional information on testing and vaccinations can be found on the Montgomery Health Department website.


 

COUNTY OFFERING FREE MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCE

If you or your family are experiencing feelings of isolation, fear, confusion, anxiety, or stress, Somerset County is offering free counseling through the new Somerset County Hope and Healing Crisis Counseling Program (CCP). The CCP is provided is funded through a FEMA/SAMHSA grant in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All support provided through this program is confidential, anonymous, and free. For more information, visit the Somerset County website or simply call the support hotline at 908-231-6414.


 

MLK DAY OF SERVICE

Monday January 18th is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which commemorated in various ways throughout the country including as A Day of Service. A list of mostly virtual opportunities in New Jersey is available on this New Jersey guide.

We invite the community to learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy through resources including those of the National Civil Rights Museum and through New Jersey’s New Jersey Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission.

As part of this commemoration, the Township invites all artists – young and old, doodlers to professionals – to take a moment to thank the first responders in our community.  Make a card or poster thanking our EMS and Fire Department volunteers. Use whatever supplies you have at home – printer paper or construction paper; crayons, markers or pencil; glitter and stickers to make a masterpiece that will make the day of our first responders who don’t hear “thank you” often enough for all they do for our community.

Drop off your works of art at the Municipal Building or Otto Kaufman Community Center the week of January 18 in the marked plastic bins, and we will distribute your cards to our first responders.


 

FREE RABIES CLINIC FOR DOGS, CATS

Montgomery Township is again offering a Free Rabies Immunization Clinic for Dogs & Cats sponsored by Montgomery Township Health Department/Animal Control on Saturday, January 30th (10 AM to 1PM) and Saturday, February 13th (10AM-12PM) at the SAVE Animal Shelter at 1010 County Road 601 in Skillman.

Because of the pandemic, vaccinations will be available only with an appointment and pet owners must wear masks. Get more information and sign up here.


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been thirteen (13) new cases in Montgomery (11) and Rocky Hill (2) since our last report on Wednesday, 1-13-21.


As of 9AM today, January 15

Montgomery cases: 705

Montgomery deaths: 16

Rocky Hill cases:  21

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

157      <20

116     20-29

63      30-39

111      40-49

111     50-59

84        60-69

26      70-79

58      80+

 

726 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

–  639 presumed recovered

–  70 currently ill

– 17 fatalities

a “Presumed recovered” means cases that have met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation. A minimum of 10 days from diagnosis, or three days after symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. This definition represents a change from earlier in the pandemic before the CDC provided a definition.

For further statistics, go to the Health Dept.’s COVID-19 portal: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/,  State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart, and https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

Vaccination Pre-registration Link and Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/