Montgomery Planning for the COVID “Yellow Zone” for Schools & Halloween
By Stephanie Carey, Health Officer
Montgomery has been cautiously planning for the reopening of schools on October 12 and Halloween on October 31 assuming “yellow zone” (moderate) spread in New Jersey; even if there are short-term dips in case counts.
The reason is that our health department and those of our neighboring towns are seeing a troubling series of clusters of positive COVID-19 tests, related to a gymnastics facility in Hillsborough, club sports activities, returning college students, and an increase in private parties. It is imperative that residents continue to avoid participating in group activities that are not following CDC guidance.
Because of the recent rise in clusters, we anticipate that we are headed toward the “yellow zone” and therefore we must follow “moderate risk” strategies in October in our schools and for Halloween.
- Schools: The health department has worked closely with the Montgomery Township School District on their reopening plan. When Montgomery schools reopen on October 12, students will be carefully monitored for symptoms, social distancing will occur where possible, and masks will be required. Handwashing stations will be widely available.
- Halloween: Montgomery is looking at new ways to do trick-or-treating this year. Families might want to do “one-way trick-or-treating”– individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for children, to grab and go, while social distancing from other families. Leave goodies at the end of your driveway or at the edge of your yard and wave to the children from your porch. Trick or treaters should not knock on doors. Check out the CDC’s guidance for “moderate risk” activities.
The Montgomery Health Department is experiencing a large increase in “contact tracing” phone calls to individuals exposed to COVID due to the clusters of positive tests that have occurred in our area. Fortunately, we continue to get 90% to 95% cooperation from residents we call, well above other communities. But we are starting to hear things like “I’m just done with COVID.” This is a concerning point of view and puts at risk all the good work we as a community have done since the pandemic was declared in March.
The key to enjoying even modified celebrations of holidays this fall and winter depends on everyone accepting personal responsibility. I want to urge Montgomery residents to be prudent for the sake of the entire community. By remaining vigilant, we can look forward to a safer, and more enjoyable, 2021.Halloween COVID19
Caution Advised During Fall Deer Season
This is a reminder that deer hunting season has begun throughout New Jersey. Residents are reminded to use caution on open space lands and to be careful of deer while driving. Deer are on the move at this time due to rutting season. As the days shorten, reduced driving visibility arrives earlier each day, as well.
Montgomery Township administers a public Deer Management Program to help control the deer population. This program allows regulated deer hunting to occur on certain open space properties of the Township. All township parcels are clearly marked out with bright orange signage indicating the program is underway. Some properties are bow hunting only. There are clear set-back requirements away from residences, where deer hunting is prohibited.
Hunting on Sundays is strictly prohibited in the Township program or on any municipally owned lands. To view Township Deer Hunting Program maps and the resolution establishing the program, go to the Deer Management Program webpage at: https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/departments/clerk/deer-management-program/
Please note that private property owners located in Montgomery and elsewhere may allow hunting on their lands and are completely independent of Montgomery Township’s Deer Management Program. See State regulations at NJDEP Fish & Wildlife.
The hunting season ends February 20, 2021 after winter bow.
Bikes for the World Oct. 24
Oct. 24, 9 AM – 1 PM
424 Rt. 518
Skillman, NJ 08558
All adult and children’s bicycles in repairable condition accepted.* (But please no rusted bikes.)
Montgomery/Rocky Hill Rotary Club has teamed up with Bikes for the World to collect bicycles that are then distributed to vetted partner charitable organizations in over 29 countries in the developing world.
To date, Bikes for the World has rescued and repurposed almost 150,000 bikes! These unused bikes collecting dust in our garages end up becoming a valuable resource in the developing world by creating jobs, raising income, increasing educational opportunities and allowing access to healthcare. https://montgomeryrotary.org/page/bikes-for-the-world
For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org
*a $10 donation to defray the cost of shipping the bikes is suggested.
TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT
Note: There have been five (5) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Wednesday, 9-30-20.
As of 9 am today, 10-02
NJ cases: 206,629
NJ deaths: 16,131
Somerset County cases: 5,873
Somerset County deaths: 577
Montgomery cases: 178
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0
Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:
184 confirmed and probably cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:
– 167 presumed recovereda
– 10 currently ill
– 7 fatalities
a “Presumed recovered” means 30 days have elapsed since individual’s diagnosis and the person is not hospitalized.
*****DISCLAIMER***** Reported numbers on this page may not match the figures provided on the Somerset County page. This is due to differences in reporting times.
Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/