12-28: New COVID Cases at 33; Avoid New Year’s Parties as Monty Cases Remain High; Food Pantry Need and Donations; Get COVID App; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

Over the last five days there have been thirty-three (33) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 12-23-20. There was no report published Friday due to the Christmas holiday.


 

AVOID NEW YEAR’S PARTIES AS MONTY CASES REMAIN HIGH

For the week ending on Christmas Day, Montgomery and Rocky Hill logged 56 new cases, consistent with the elevated level of new cases reported for six straight weeks.

Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey says she is concerned about the potential for a “surge on top of the surge” due to Christmas holiday gatherings. It is too early to tell whether that additional surge will materialize.  Because of the prevalence of the virus within Montgomery, she advises against celebrations on New Year’s Eve with anyone other than household members.

“I understand we all want to celebrate the end of 2020, but the pandemic is not yet behind us. I urge you to celebrate either privately or virtually,” Ms. Carey said.


 

FOOD PANTRY NEED AND DONATIONS SURGING

Alfonso’s Pizzeria partnered with the Princeton Elks Club and the Montgomery Food Pantry to provide 24 free Christmas Day meals to local families in need.

The Montgomery Food Pantry has received $15,000 in holiday-season donations this month, bringing the total raised since the start of the pandemic to $55,000. The donations are being used to help more than 50 food-insecure families in town, many of whom have lost jobs because of the pandemic.

On Christmas Day, the food pantry partnered with the Princeton Elks Club to deliver 24 free holiday meals donated by Alfonso’s Pizzeria & Restaurant to families in the greatest need.

The Montgomery Food Pantry needs additional donations to help a growing number of families get through the winter. Most funds are being used to purchase and distributed ShopRite gift cards to families in need.  ShopRite adds an extra 10% to the face value of the cards. To donate by check or credit card, go to the Montgomery Together website.

 


FREE MOBILE APP NOTIFIES OF COVID EXPOSURE

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.


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been thirty-three (33) new COVID-19 cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report, Wednesday, 12-23-20.

 

As of 9AM today, December 28

Montgomery cases: 586

Montgomery deaths: 8

Rocky Hill cases:  18

Rocky Hill deaths: 0

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

132      <20

92      20-29

55      30-39

93      40-49

92      50-59

66      60-69

20      70-79

54      80+

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

–  536 presumed recovered a

–  60 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/