1-22: New COVID Cases at 40 Over Last 7 days; Vaccination Update; Montgomery Accomplishments in 2020; Deputy Clerk Retires; End Cyber-Bullying; Free Rabies Clinic; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been eleven (11) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 1-20-21, and forty (40) over the last week.  Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.


40 CASES THIS WEEK AS VACCINATIONS ROLL OUT SLOWLY

Montgomery Township and Rocky Hill had 40 new cases for the week ending today, January 22, down from 63 cases the week before.  Residents are seeking appointments for vaccinations, but the demand is much greater than the supply.

Over the immediate term, the state website, covidvaccine.nj.gov, remains the best way to get in line for an appointment for vaccination. Somerset County Health Department is operating a single mass vaccination site at Raritan Valley Community College, with severely limited capacity based on vaccine supply. Some local hospitals are taking waiting lists and offering very limited appointments based on vaccine availability.

“I am asking people to exercise patience.  This situation is changing rapidly and it will get better in the coming month or so.  We are working with county and community partners to bring a mass vaccination site to Montgomery and intend that this will come to fruition when vaccine supplies improve,” said Montgomery Township Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey.

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.


2020 ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

PANDEMIC RESPONSE, SOCIAL JUSTICE, GROUNDBREAKING

Food pantry donations were one way the community pulled together in 2020.

Montgomery Township today has released a summary of the major events and accomplishments of 2020, available on the township website under elected officials.

The summary describes COVID-19 pandemic as the defining event of 2020. A community-wide mobilization helped Montgomery maintain some of the lowest infection and death rates in New Jersey, although cases have been rising in recent weeks.

Other major topics covered in the report include:

  • Inclusivity and anti-racism initiatives
  • Groundbreaking of the new municipal center and library
  • Government transparency & responsiveness
  • Open space, parks, and the environment
  • Infrastructure & planning

“Montgomery has a lot to be proud of, despite the enormous challenges of 2020,” said Mayor Devra Keenan. “The community has really pulled together, and that’s the number one reason I’m optimistic about 2021.”


TOWNSHIP THANKS DEPUTY CLERK FOR 35 YEARS

Deputy Clerk Marge Crawford in a photo by Barbara Preston/Montgomery News.

The Montgomery Township Committee last night passed a resolution congratulating Deputy Clerk Marge Crawford for 35 years of service to the township and thanking her for her utmost professionalism.

A formal resolution declared, “Marge was instrumental in the day-to-day operation of the Township Clerk’s office while quietly making sure the Wildlife Management program ran smoothly, overseeing the License Appeals Board, issuing tow truck, peddler, bingo and raffle licenses, preparing minutes and agendas, keeping track of all committees and their membership, making sure election day supplies and workers were scheduled and so many more tasks too numerous to mention.”


FREE DOCUMENTARY DEALS WITH CYBER-BULLYING

The Montgomery Township Municipal Alliance in partnership with regional Municipal Alliances in Somerset County and the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse announces a free virtual documentary screening event of The Upstanders on January 27, 2021 at 7pm.  Register at http://bit.ly/theupstanders.

All parents, children above the ages 13+, school staff, community leaders, community helpers, and adults are encouraged to view this documentary which addresses questions such as: What’s with all the meanness online? Are we bullying ourselves? The documentary explores cyber-bullying, bullying among friends, families, co-workers and the brain science behind it all. The Upstanders will provide resources, tools, and hope.


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-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 eleven (11) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 1-20-21.

As of 9AM today, January 22

Montgomery cases: 745

Montgomery deaths: 16

Rocky Hill cases:  21

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

166   <20

124   20-29

73     30-39

116   40-49

114    50-59

88      60-69

27      70-79

58      80+

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

–  699 presumed recovered a

–  50 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/