12-16: Stonebridge Outbreak and 17 New Cases; Snow Emergency: Stay Off Roads; Rent Relief Available; Get COVID-19 App; Detailed COVID Case Report


There have been seventeen (17) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 12-14-20. Today’s numbers include about a half dozen cases at Stonebridge where a cumulative total of fifteen (15) residents are currently positive for COVID-19.


The Stonebridge of Montgomery continuing care facility has reported an outbreak of 15 active COVID-19 cases among residents, including a half dozen who are among Montgomery’s 17 new cases in today’s report.  Additional Stonebridge residents are in quarantine awaiting test results.

Stonebridge also is the source of the one COVID-related death announced Monday, and three Stonebridge staff living in other jurisdictions have tested positive.

“What we are seeing is consistent with community spread throughout New Jersey, and it’s the reason we continue to advise people to stay home as much as possible, and refrain from holiday gatherings,” said Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey.  “The first vaccinations for COVID-19 started this week in New Jersey, and so we have a light at the end of the tunnel.  Now is not the time to relax. We must remain vigilant for a few more months as vaccinations are rolled out, so we can enjoy future holidays together.”


Governor Murphy today declared a Statewide State of Emergency starting at 2 PM due to the approaching winter storm.  Montgomery Police urge residents to avoid driving during the serious “Nor’easter” storm that forecasted to arrive this afternoon in Montgomery.

“Stay home and stay safe,” said Montgomery Police Director/Captain James Gill.  “You only put yourself and our first responders at risk if you are driving unnecessarily during the storm.”

No parking is permitted on township streets during the snow emergency to enable plows to clear the streets of snow and ice. Township offices will be closing early at 4 PM today.

Because heavy, wet snow is predicted, there is a risk of power outages. PSE&G’s website offers advice for preparing for major snow events.  If you or a loved one has special requirements, such as medical equipment requiring electricity, sign-up confidentially for the Township’s List of persons who may need assistance during emergencies. See: https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/departments/public-safety/



In response to the financial hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic, Somerset County has established a rent relief program using Federal grant monies. Over $400,000 in rent relief is still available to county residents, including in Montgomery, who have suffered COVID-related income loss, subject to income limitations.

Additional information, and an easy-to-use online application are available here. Paper application forms are available by calling 908-541-5756.



COVID Alert NJ is a free mobile app that anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. It uses Bluetooth technology to identify people who have been with six feet of a person who has tested positive. Learn more about how the exposure notification app helps protect you and your family while ensuring your privacy.



There have been seventeen (17) new COVID-19 cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report, Monday, 12-14-20.

As of 9AM today, December 16

Montgomery cases: 496

Montgomery deaths: 8

Rocky Hill cases:  14

Rocky Hill deaths: 0


Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

113      <20

79      20-29

47      30-39

74      40-49

83      50-59

54      60-69

15      70-79

45      80+


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

–  454 presumed recovered

–  48 currently ill

– 8 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/