10-23: Halloween Health Guidance, Mayor & Public Health Nurse Video on Covid-19, Case Report


There have been two (2) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Wednesday, 10-21-20.  Full report at the end of this e-bulletin.


By Stephanie Carey, Montgomery Health Officer

As Halloween approaches next week, New Jersey and the nation are entering an increasingly dangerous period for the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  My department urges Montgomery households to exercise caution when engaging in Halloween activities, so that we can remain a comparatively safe haven even as the virus accelerates in nearby communities.

The United States today hit a new peak in single-day new infections, the same week that the State of New Jersey crossed the threshold that would put us on our own list of “quarantine states.”  At 1,000 cases per day, New Jersey’s new infection rate is three times higher than our summertime lows.



While Montgomery has had one of the lowest rates of infection in the state, there has been a recent uptick. Most of these new cases can be traced to private, indoor social events.

For these reasons, we strongly recommend against indoor Halloween parties and door-to-door trick-or-treating.  Please following the advice of the New Jersey Health Department and look for “safe” alternative ways to have a happy Halloween.

Halloween during COVID-19 can still be fun! Decorations and socially-distant greetings are fine. Congregating closely in groups is not.

  • Instead of trick-or-treating at front doors, residents are asked to participate in “Driveway” or “One-way” trick-or-treating: Place bowls or treat bags in the front yard or in driveways and sidewalk edges – in any way that works best for them – to reduce contact and exposure in accordance with CDC guidance. Wave to the children from your porch or window. Trick-or Treat at 6 Feet!
  • Face masks are required for trick-or-treaters and parents/guardians. Skip the costume masks this year and decorate your face mask. Make sure your face mask covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.
  • Limit groups of trick-or-treaters and parents/families traveling together. No one should be congregating closely. If another group is close to yours, wait and allow time for them to move on before approaching the next house.
  • Shouting and screaming requires greater distancing to be safe. This is important considering the typical “Trick-or-Treat” call. The greater the distance, the lower the risk of spreading a respiratory virus.
  • Be prepared to adjust on the fly. The rules may change as the number of cases change.

You may find a few non-profits or businesses that are offering outdoor, socially-distanced activities that meet safety guidelines.

Enjoy the holiday, build new memories, and continue working together to keep our community safe. We’ve come so far – thank you for continuing to keep our community safe and healthy!


Video: Mayor & Public Health Nurse on Covid-19 Efforts

In the video linked below, Mayor Sadaf Jaffer interviews Katie Williams, Montgomery Township Public Health Nurse. They discuss Montgomery Health Dept.’s Covid-19 containment efforts and how Montgomery is faring.  They also delve into how a contact tracing team works.  Telephone calls to residents diagnosed with coronavirus include advising them on how to quarantine safely, and helping them to recall their close contacts while contagious.

Katie stresses the important of everyone in the community fighting ‘pandemic fatigue’ and staying vigilant with preventative measures such as mask wearing, washing hands, and social distancing.  Although labs and medical practitioners report new cases to the Health Dept, anyone who has had a positive case in their household can proactively call Montgomery Health Contact Tracing Team (908-359-8211) and learn more about what to do next.  She feels that the high level of cooperation by Montgomery residents has helped keep the community safer.  Mayor Jaffer responds with a big ‘Thank you Montgomery!’



There have been two (2) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report, Wednesday, 10-21-20.

As of 9am today, 10-23

Montgomery cases:  197
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

31       <20
29       20-29
18       30-39
30       40-49
43       50-59
26       60-69
6       70-79
20       80+

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

– 186 presumed recovered

–    10 currently ill

–     7 fatalities

a “Presumed recovered” means 30 days have elapsed since individual’s diagnosis and the person is not hospitalized.

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/