12-18: New COVID Cases at 22; Mayor’s Farewell Address; Gifts for Needy Families; Get COVID-19 App; Detailed COVID Case Report


There have been twenty-two (22) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 12-16-20.



For five straight weeks, Montgomery and Rocky Hill have averaged more than 50 new cases of COVID-19 per week, with 56 new cases logged over the prior 7 days. Montgomery and Rocky Hill have had more cases in the last five weeks than in the prior 38 weeks, reflecting community spread.

“As people finalize plans for Christmas next week, we urge residents to avoid travel and to avoid hosting gatherings with people beyond their immediate household,” said Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie Carey, who recently filmed a video with Mayor Sadaf Jaffer about the rise in local cases.



Click on image above to watch Major Jaffer’s farewell address.

Speaking for the last time from the mayor’s chair, Mayor Sadaf Jaffer last night spoke hopefully about Montgomery Township’s progress on a range of issues, from responding to the COVID-19 crisis to the national reckoning on race.

Later in the meeting, the Township Committee adopted an ordinance creating an Inclusion and Equity Committee, and passed a resolution condemning a recent anti-Asian bias crime that occurred in Montgomery.

Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner read a resolution honoring Mayor Jaffer that said “We…express our deepest appreciation to the Honorable Sadaf Jaffer for her outstanding service to our community, and extend a fond farewell and warmest wishes for the future to Dr. Jaffer and her family.”

“Though it will be a bittersweet transition to no longer serve as Mayor, I look forward to continuing my engagement with the community in a different capacity,” Mayor Jaffer said. “I will always be available as a resource and I implore those who may be listening to consider getting involved in your local community. It is rewarding and it makes a difference.”

The committee presented her with a plaque that honored her for being a “ground breaker and breaking ground,” referring to the fact that Mayor Jaffer was the first Muslim woman mayor in the United States, the first South Asian women mayor in New Jersey, and presided over the start of construction of the new Montgomery Municipal Center.

During the public comment section, many residents thanked Mayor Jaffer for her leadership, as did Somerset County Freeholder Melonie Marano, community leaders including Rev. Jeff Knol, youth leaders, and the mayor’s husband, Dr. Daniel Sheffield. The entire meeting can be watched on the Twp. website’s Meetings Videos page.



The Montgomery Township Food Pantry is seeking donations of holiday gift cards from local retailers to distribute to 50+ families who are currently relying on the pantry for food assistance.

“Our families enjoy the ability to personally select the gifts they purchase and, this year, feel more comfortable receiving gift cards rather than the gifts themselves because of COVID,” said resident Lisa Youngberg, who helps organize the annual holiday giving program for families in need, modified this year for the COVID era. “We also wanted to lend a hand to our local retailers with a ‘Shop Local’ emphasis.”

Two types of gift cards are requested in denominations of $25:

  1. Montgomery retailer gift cards, including salons, gift shops, confectioners, shoe stores, hardware, health & fitness, restaurants, etc.
  2. Nearby toy and warm clothing retailers, such as Kohl’s, Target, and Walmart.

Gift cards should be dropped off or mailed by December 22nd to the Montgomery Food Pantry, 356 Skillman Road, Skillman, NJ 08558. Email Montgomery Community Resource Manager Denise Crowley at MontyFoodPantry@gmail.com with any questions.



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There have been twenty-two (22) new COVID-19 cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report, Wednesday, 12-16-20.

As of 9AM today, December 18

Montgomery cases: 517

Montgomery deaths: 8

Rocky Hill cases:  15

Rocky Hill deaths: 0


Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

118      <20

83      20-29

51      30-39

76      40-49

85      50-59

55      60-69

17      70-79

47      80+


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

–  473 presumed recovered a

–  51 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/