1-4-21: 16 New COVID Cases; Township Committee to Select Leaders Thursday; Senior Tax Freeze Deadline Feb. 1; Recycle Christmas Trees; Town Wins Environmental Awards; Detailed COVID Case Report


There have been sixteen (16) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill in the five days since our last report on Wednesday, 12-30-20.  Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.


Trend for each week ending Friday at 9 AM, most recently through 1/1/21.

The pace of new COVID-19 infections declined from 56 over the last two weeks to 36 for the week ending Friday, January 1.

Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey cautions that the decline may reflect a slowdown in laboratory processing of tests during the holidays. She said it is also too soon to tell whether holiday gatherings may have produced a surge in new infections.

“Two approved vaccines are the light at the end of the tunnel for this pandemic, but it is too soon to reduce our vigilance since we don’t expect the general population to be eligible for the vaccine for a several months,” Ms. Carey said.

Locally, vaccinations will be a collaboration between our county and municipal departments of health. The Somerset County Health Department website has information about vaccination plans.


The Montgomery Township Committee will hold its annual Reorganization Meeting on Thursday January 7 at 7pm, for the first time via Zoom. Newly elected Township Committeewoman Shelly L. Bell will take her seat for the first time, and two of the five-member governing body will be selected to serve as Mayor and Deputy Mayor for 2021.

Customarily, members of the Township Committee give addresses regarding priorities for the township in the new year.

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting by computer or telephone, as described on the township website.


The filing deadline for the New Jersey Senior Tax Freeze applications has been extended to February 1, 2021. The program provides qualifying seniors with a property tax reimbursement to help seniors afford to remain in their homes. Additional information is available from the website of the Department of the Treasury.  Call the Property Tax Reimbursement Hotline (1-800-882-6597) with questions.


The Montgomery Township Department of Public Works will start curbside Christmas tree collection Monday January 11. Don’t delay putting out your tree because each neighborhood will receive only one visit.

Trees must be free of ornaments and tinsel and will be chipped for use as mulch. New Jersey cautions that it is not permissible to burn Christmas trees as they produce an air quality hazard. Additional information is available on the main Montgomery Township website bulletins newsfeed.


Last week Somerset County announced a land development award for the Montgomery Township Environmental Commission and its consultant Tara Kenyon. The award was prompted by Montgomery Township’s new Natural Resource Inventory (NRI) that examined the security of township environmental resources including agriculture, air quality, climate, geology, habitat, land use/land cover, soil, steep slopes and topography, surface water, watersheds, flood zones and wetlands.

The county announcement explained that “through this research, 65 environmental projects were identified in the NRI that can be overseen by Montgomery Township to protect, restore and enhance the township’s natural resources while ensuring that these resources are a benefit to the township’s residents.”

The Montgomery Twp. Environmental Commission was also presented with a 2020 Environmental Achievement Award for their NRI Project by the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) at their 47th Annual Environmental Congress, held virtually in October.



There have been sixteen (16) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill in the five days since our last report on Wednesday, 12-30-20.  Of the new cases, 11 were recorded through Friday morning and 5 over the weekend.

As of 9AM today, January 4

Montgomery cases: 611

Montgomery deaths: 8

Rocky Hill cases:  19

Rocky Hill deaths: 1


Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

136      <20

96     20-29

59      30-39

97      40-49

96      50-59

70        60-69

23      70-79

53      80+

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

–  584 presumed recovered a

–  37 currently ill

– 9 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/