12-2: New Cases at 31; NJ Further Restricts Outdoor Gatherings & Indoor Sports; Senior Freeze Extended; Holiday Lights Competition; MHS Virtual Play; “Kidsgiving” on Sunday; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 SUMMARY: 31 New Cases

There have been thirty-one (31) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report two days ago, Monday, 11-30-20. The Health Department indicates many are associated with Thanksgiving gatherings. Full case report at the end of this ebulletin.


 

NEW RESTRICTIONS ON INDOOR SPORTS, OUTDOOR GATHERINGS      

New Jersey issued new restrictions this week limiting most outdoor gatherings to 25 people and restricting indoor competitive sports and practices.

Indoor sports practices and competitions, including group, competitive and/or organized sporting activities for youth and adults, will be prohibited starting Saturday, December 5, at 6:00 a.m. until Saturday, January 2, 2021. Collegiate and professional sporting activities are excepted.  Indoor facilities, such as tennis, may have individual play but not competitions. Private fitness classes, lessons, and trainings at gyms, studios and similar locations are permitted to continue.

Outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 people, with the exceptions of wedding ceremonies, funerals, memorial services, and religious and political activities. All other types of gatherings, such as a high school football game or an outdoor concert, will be limited to 25.


 

SENIOR FREEZE DEADLINE EXTENDED

Senior Freeze Flier Grandpa and Grandchild

New Jersey extended the deadline for the Senior Freeze property tax reimbursement program to December 31, 2020.  The Senior Freeze Program reimburses eligible senior citizens (65 or older on December 31, 2018) and disabled persons for property tax increases on their principal residence. To qualify, owners must meet certain eligibility requirements and fill out the application. You can also call 1-800-882-6597 to request the application.


 

SHOW US YOUR HOLIDAY LIGHTS—WIN PRIZES!

Holiday Lighted House

The Montgomery Recreation Department is excited to announce our first Annual Holiday Lights Spectacular!

This exciting event is a chance to show the community how creative you and your family are! All participating homes decorated with holiday lights will be judged by the Montgomery Recreation Committee, and winners will be selected in categories such as “Most Original,” “Most Classic,” and “Best Theme.” The winner of each category will receive a $50 Visa gift card and a lawn sign for “bragging rights!” There will also be a “Fan Favorite” winner who will be chosen by the residents and will receive a lawn sign.

Only Montgomery Residents are eligible to participate, and each family must decorate their house themselves and fill out the application. To enter, please email completed application to: Recreation@twp.montgomery.nj.us.


 

MONTGOMERY HIGH VIRTUAL PLAY OPENS THIS WEEK!

She Kills Monsters Play

The fall play of the Montgomery High School will be performed virtually and live this weekend.  The show is She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms by Qui Nguyen. Though Covid-19 restrictions meant that the students could not perform on stage in front of an audience, they – like theater groups around the country – have adapted to a new type of performance. The show will be performed over Zoom, with cast and crew all in their own homes, and streamed out in real time to the audience.

Live performances December 4th, 5th, and 6th at 8pm. Purchase tickets online for adults ($10) and students/seniors ($5).


 

KIDSGIVING: SUNDAY’S DRIVE-THRU CHARITY EVENT

Kidsgiving Event Flier

In previous years, KidsGiving has been a free Montgomery and Hillsborough event where kids bring unwrapped gifts to wrap and place under the holiday tree for local kids in need. This year, because of COVID, KidsGiving has been redesigned as a drive-by event on December 6th to support our local charities and still make this a fun event for our younger generation.  The drive-through will occur in front of Code Ninja in Hillsborough.  Additionally, there will be a virtual event for sign-up which will include holiday cooking, games, and much more.

Organizers will be accepting gift cards, physical gifts from the wishlist, and cash donations. All net proceeds from the event will support Steps-Together, a local nonprofit that benefits Somerset County families facing medical crises, like childhood cancer. All food items will be donated to the Montgomery and Hillsborough food pantries. More info can be found at bit.ly/donate4kids20.



TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been thirty-one (31) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report, Monday, 11-30-20.

As of 9AM today, December 2

Montgomery cases: 399

Montgomery deaths: 7

Rocky Hill cases: 8

Rocky Hill deaths: 0

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

88      <20

64      20-29

42      30-39

54      40-49

73      50-59

49      60-69

12      70-79

25      80+

 

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

– 338 presumed recovered

–  62 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/