11-13: “Think Small” for Holidays as Cases Rise; Diwali Firecrackers; Donate a ShopRite Turkey; Free Rabies Vaccinations; Today’s Detailed COVID Report


There have been eight (8) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report at 4pm Tuesday, 11-10-20.  Full report at the end of this e-bulletin.


By Stephanie D. Carey, Montgomery Health Officer

We ended October with the news that Montgomery hit its highest number of COVID-19 positive tests in a single week, a total of 26 new cases for the week ending October 30, 2020. So far in November, we’ve logged 30 more cases, creating an increasingly risky situation as we head into Diwali today and tomorrow, and the Thanksgiving season, when extended families traditionally gather.

While local trends are cause for concern, the statewide and national trends are truly alarming. New Jersey’s new cases are now exceeding 3,500 daily, while new cases across the country are exceeding 150,000 daily. These trends pose a risk to Montgomery because out-of-town family members may be visiting for Diwali, and college students will be returning home for Thanksgiving, potentially bringing infections with them.

Everyone should “think small” for holidays this year, ideally with just the members of your household physically present. Consider including other family members in a holiday video conference calls. Outdoor activities are preferred to indoor ones.  The CDC offers detailed advice for holidays here.

If you will be hosting a returning college student for the Thanksgiving break in two weeks, now is the time for the student to start planning that trip, according to a thoughtful article this week in the New York Times.

My department suggests the following for returning students:

  1. Two weeks before leaving school, students should get a flu vaccine, avoid socializing except with roommates or housemates, maintain hand hygiene, and consistently wear a mask.
  2. If possible, students should get a COVID test in time to receive the results before leaving for home. Even better, come home a week early so there is time to quarantine before the Thanksgiving meal.
  3. Students should travel home very carefully by wearing a mask and minimizing contact with other people.
  4. Avoid inviting family whose age or health status puts them at greater risk to COVID-19, particularly if a recently returned college student also will be present.

The good news is we may have a vaccine for COVID-19 available relatively soon. So let’s stay safe during the 2020 holidays so we can all join together in 2021



Today and tomorrow some Montgomery residents will be celebrating Diwali, also called Deepavali, the festival of lights. An important festival for many Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs, it is celebrated around the world today.

People traditionally decorate their houses with lights and flowers and distribute sweets and gifts. Firecrackers are often a part of the celebrations, so do not be alarmed if you hear them the next two evenings. Montgomery Police remind residents that ground-based fireworks/firecrackers are permitted, but not aerial fireworks. If you are planning to use firecrackers, it may be helpful to inform your neighbors ahead of time.



Montgomery Township is pleased to announce that we will once again work with ShopRite of Montgomery on a Turkey Donation program for Thanksgiving 2020. If you earn a free ShopRite Turkey* (see instructions at end) and would like to donate it to the Montgomery Food Pantry, visit the ShopRite Service Desk.

You may sign up to donate your free ShopRite turkey during store hours through Wednesday November 25, 2020. Visit the ShopRite Service Desk. You will need to present your ShopRite Price Plus® Card at Customer Service. The earned free turkey points will be deducted from your account and a turkey will be donated to the Montgomery Township Food Pantry Program.

Please do not drop off turkeys at the Montgomery Township Food pantry since we cannot accept perishables. We have arranged a special program working directly with ShopRite. You can contact the Montgomery Food Pantry by email (Montyfoodpantry@gmail.com) or by phone (609-466-1054).

*To earn a free turkey, present your Price Plus® card to the cashier every time you shop at any ShopRite Supermarket and you will be automatically credited. Price Plus® club membership is required to participate. While you can be earning credit at any ShopRite towards your turkey, you must go to the Montgomery ShopRite courtesy desk to donate locally.



In partnership with Montgomery Township Animal Control

Montgomery Township and Hopewell Borough are partnering to offer free rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats on Saturday November 1


4th from 9 to 11 AM at the Hopewell Borough Train Station at 2 Railroad Place in Hopewell Borough.

These vaccinations are a great way to protect your pet and your community. The clinic will follow all COVID safety rules with social distancing and just one pet owner admitted to the vaccination area at a time, while wearing a mask. Dogs must be under the owner’s control at all times, and on a short, sturdy leash—no retractable leashes! Use of a soft muzzle is encouraged. Cats must be in a carrier.

For more information, call Montgomery Township Animal Control 908-359-8211 x2247.


There have been eight (8) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report, Tuesday, 11-10-20.     

As of 9AM today, November 13

Montgomery cases: 259

Montgomery deaths: 7

Rocky Hill cases: 8

Rocky Hill deaths: 0


Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

52      <20

40      20-29

27      30-39

36      40-49

50      50-59

31      60-69

7       70-79

24      80+


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

– 240 presumed recovered a

– 20 currently ill

– 7 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/