1-8-21: New COVID Cases at 16; Keenan Elected Mayor and Bell Sworn In; Resolution Condemns Violence in US Capitol; Virtual Recreation Programs Announced; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been sixteen (16) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 1-6-21.  Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.


 

DEVRA KEENAN ELECTED MAYOR AND SHELLY L. BELL SWORN IN

The 2021 Montgomery Township Committee includes (clockwise from top left): Committeewoman Shelly L. Bell, Mayor Devra Keenan, Committeewoman Catherine Gural, Committeeman Kent Huang, and Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner.

During a virtual meeting last, night the Montgomery Township Committee selected Devra Keenan as Mayor for 2021, and Marvin Schuldiner as Deputy Mayor for a second year.  Earlier in the day, Shelly L. Bell was sworn in as the first African American elected to serve on the Montgomery Township Committee.

Mayor Keenan has lived in Montgomery for 23 years and joined the Township Committee last year. In remarks following her election, Mayor Keenan spoke about the ongoing pandemic and the importance of supporting the vaccination process and supporting residents and businesses facing financial hardship.

She also looked toward the future: “We need to double-down on our commitment to protecting our environment and connecting our community. I will be prioritizing environmental protection, green space, and trails for walking and bicycling. I want to see progress on reducing flooding and protecting our clean water, green energy, and our deer management strategy. I will work to ensure we have solar power, pedestrian and bicycle connections between our new municipal center, our schools, commercial areas, and neighborhoods.”

Prior to her election, Shelly L. Bell served Montgomery on the Planning Board and the One Montgomery Committee. She also served on the Somerset County Commission of the Status of Women.

In her first remarks, Committeewoman Bell said: “I plan to focus on enhancing connections between government and residents in our changing environment, protecting health and well-being during the COVID-19 focusing on mental health, mobilizing community resources to support small businesses, empowering our youth leadership council, actively ensuring anti-racist policies and procedures, and promoting diversity and inclusion in community building.”

Videos of the entire meeting and Committeewoman Bell’s swearing-in are available online, as are full transcripts of remarks by Mayor Keenan and other members of the Township Committee.


TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE CONDEMS VIOLENCE IN US CAPITOL & CALLS FOR REMOVAL OF PRESIDENT

The Montgomery Township Committee last night adopted a resolution proposed by Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner condemning mob violence at the U.S. Capitol building and calling for the removal of President Donald J. Trump because he “has violated his office and committed the crime of sedition against the United States.” The entire resolution is available to read on the Montgomery Township website.


 

RECREATION DEPT. VIRTUAL WINTER PROGRAMS ANNOUNCED

The Montgomery Township Recreation Department has just released a list of virtual winter programs, available online, with registration scheduled to begin at 8 AM Monday January 11.

Programs include children’s lessons for chess, piano, drawing, cooking, and coding. Contact the Recreation Department at 609-466-3023 with questions.



TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been sixteen (16) new cases reported in Montgomery and 0 in Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 1-6-21.  Over the last seven days there have had 51 new cases, as shown in the chart below.

As of 9AM today, January 8

Montgomery cases: 646

Montgomery deaths: 14

Rocky Hill cases:  19

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

147    <20

104    20-29

59      30-39

100    40-49

102    50-59

74      60-69

23      70-79

56      80+

 

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

–  600 presumed recovered

–  50 currently ill

– 15 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 and Vaccination pre-registration info available at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/