10-30: New Montgomery Cases Hit Weekly Peak, How to Stay Safe This Halloween, Video: Mayor & Town Clerk on 2020 Election, Today’s Case Count

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been eight (8) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Wednesday, 10-28-20.  Full report at the end of this e-bulletin.


 

New Montgomery Cases Hit Weekly Peak

Today’s 8 new cases have pushed cases this week to 24 since Sunday and 29 since last Friday, the worst weekly report since start of the pandemic. The Montgomery Health Department is busy with contact tracing to help limit further spread from the several clusters that have driven the rise in infections.


 

How to Stay Safe this Halloween

With COVID cases increasing in Montgomery, especially among younger residents, we ask our community to take a very cautious approach to Halloween.

Our strongest recommendation is to avoid indoor parties with members of more than one household.  Indoor parties are among the riskiest activities for spreading COVID-19. We also recommend that households do not accept trick-or-treaters at your doorstep.  If you would like to offer “treats,” we recommend you place them at the end of your driveway or front walk.

The Somerset County Sheriff’s office has provided these ideas & tips for a Healthy Halloween, which the Montgomery Township Health Department endorses:

  • Try a scavenger hunt with known local neighbors and/or family members.
  • Cleverly hide candy for your children at your residence.
  • Binge on Halloween movies with your household members

If you plan to walk the neighborhood for trick-or-treating:

  • Carry a flashlight and always keep a safe distance from moving cars.
  • Cross at street corners, NOT diagonally across an intersection and NEVER between parked cars!
  • Stick with members of your household and if non-household members gather with you keep at least 6 feet of distance.
  • Wear a protective mask with your costume and protective gloves
  • Use hand sanitizer between house visits
  • Don’t accept rides from cars with strangers.
  • Don’t eat any treats until your parents have inspected them.

For people offering treats from their residence:

  • To reduce chances of exposure to COVID-19 at your front door, place table with candy on your driveway or yard.
  • Spread out wrapped candy over a sanitized table and clean table often. Don’t use bowls.
  • Use Duct-Tape or chalk on ground to mark six-feet of separation between the table and anybody waiting their turn.

Enjoy the holiday, build new memories, and continue working together to keep our community safe. We’ve done relatively well so far, but we are entering a more challenging time so everyone’s continued vigilance is necessary.


 

Video: Mayor & Town Clerk on 2020 Election

In the video linked below, Mayor Sadaf Jaffer interviews Donna Kukla,  Montgomery’s Township Clerk, who is responsible for overseeing our elections. Ms. Kukla explains how the elections are managed and votes are counted with bipartisan oversight to ensure the integrity of local elections.

She also explains why the ballot drop box at the Montgomery Municipal Building at 2261 Rte. 206 in Belle Mead is an easy and secure way to submit your sealed mail ballot any time through 8pm on Election Day, November 3rd.



TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been eight (8) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report, Wednesday, 10-28-20.

As of 9AM today, October 30

Montgomery cases:  227
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

44       <20
32       20-29
21       30-39
34       40-49
47       50-59
28       60-69
6        70-79
21       80+

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

  • 191 presumed recovered
  • 35 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/