1-20 : New COVID Cases at 29; Vaccination Update; Free Mental Health Resources; Free Rabies Clinic; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been twenty-nine (29) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill over the five days since our last report on Friday, 1-15-21.  Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.


VACCINATION ROLL-OUT WILL REQUIRE PATIENCE

New Jersey is experiencing a big gap between the large demand for vaccines and a very limited supply, leading to frustration for many eligible residents in Montgomery Township and statewide.

Soon after New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations has been expanded to all persons aged 65 and older and persons with underlying conditions, the Federal government announced that a promised stockpile of vaccines was not available for delivery to the states.

Montgomery Township recommends that all residents pre-register via New Jersey’s COVID Vaccine website, covidvaccine.nj.gov, where you will be asked a few questions to identify the order of vaccination for which you are qualified.  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 email with links to make an appointment at a nearby vaccination site. This may take several weeks to a few months, depending on how fast vaccine manufacturing and distribution to the states ramp up.

If you are age 65 or over, and do not have access to the internet, Montgomery Health Department is maintaining a notification list for when more vaccine doses become available locally. To get on this list, call 908-359-8211 x2400. If you have a neighbor without internet access, consider bringing this phone number to his or her attention.

In the meantime, everyone still needs to practice masking and social distancing as we work to get the most vulnerable people and first responders in our communities vaccinated.


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.


 

FREE RABIES CLINIC FOR DOGS, CATS

Free Rabies Immunization Clinics for Dogs & Cats are being sponsored by Montgomery Township Health Department/Animal Control on Saturday, January 30th (10 AM to 1 PM) and Saturday, February 13th (10AM-12PM) at the SAVE Animal Shelter at 1010 County Road 601 in Skillman.  January 30 is almost full, but February 13 still has appointments available.  There is no late fee for licensing your pet this year until after March 1st.

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 twenty-nine (29) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report five days ago on Friday, 1-15-21.

As of 9AM today, January 20

Montgomery cases: 734

Montgomery deaths: 16

Rocky Hill cases:  21

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

164    <20

122    20-29

70      30-39

115    40-49

113    50-59

88      60-69

26      70-79

57      80+

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

 

–  681 presumed recovered a

–  57 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/

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/