12-4: Cases Still Surging in Monty; Health Officer’s Holiday Message; Food Pantry Holiday Drive; Free Flu Clinic; Take Montgomery COVID-Safe Pledge; Detailed COVID Case Report


There have been sixteen (16) new cases in Montgomery and one (1) in Rocky Hill since our last report two days ago, Wednesday, 12-2-20. See full case report at the end of this ebulletin.



Weekly New Cases 12-04-20

By Stephanie D. Carey

Montgomery is experiencing a serious and dangerous surge in COVID-19 cases. Over the last 7 days we have had 61 cases, and over the last three weeks we have had 170 cases. In fact, 40% of all our cases have been in just the last three weeks. In the context of statewide and national surges, we cannot be complacent.

Consistent with the statewide trend, about half our new cases in Montgomery are linked to private, indoor social gatherings, including holiday celebrations. My department recognizes how hard it is to hunker down during the holidays—but we are hopefully a few months away from wide availability of vaccines. We must stick it out a little longer.

I know what the sacrifice means. For 30 years, each Thanksgiving, my family has traveled to join our Texas side of the family.  A dozen or more of us gathered around the turkey and pie, played games, and strolled around the local sights. It was very hard for me not be there this year to see my new nephews.

But we did gather, on Zoom. We wore our best turkey shirts, and showed off what we were cooking, and laughed. It’s not the same, but we hope that we will be together next year. And staying apart this year is how we make that possible.

Health Officer Stephanie Carey (top right) with her family on Zoom for Thanksgiving.

Our Christmas will be similar, and I really must stress how important it is for Montgomery residents to follow similar protocols. Please don’t travel, and don’t extend invitations for indoor events to other people. Caution is required even out-of-doors.

This year, I’m humming my favorite Christmas song, but using the original lyrics dating from World War II which somehow ring true:

Someday soon, we all will be together
If the fates allow.
Until then, we’ll have to muddle through somehow
And have yourself a Merry little Christmas, now.




Video Thumbnail Mayor & Rec Director on Food

The Montgomery Food Pantry is today announcing a major holiday-season push to raise funds to restock the shelves of local families in need after Thanksgiving and in the run-up to the December holidays.  Already, the pantry has raised and distributed $32,000 to more than 50 Montgomery families, primarily through Shop Rite gift cards.

The township’s response to COVID-related food insecurity is being managed by Recreation Director Karen Zimmerman who recorded this video with Mayor Sadaf Jaffer this week. Donations are being accepted online or by check via the Montgomery Together website.


The Montgomery Health Department is sponsoring a FREE flu clinic on Monday, December 14, from 4-7pm at Otto Kaufman Community Center. Vaccinations are available for ages 4 and up, by appointment only.  Appointments can be made on our website: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/flu.


Covid-Safe Pledge

Last month the Montgomery Board of Health voted to launch a voluntary Montgomery COVID-Safe Pledge to encourage residents to commit to following public health guidelines for staying safe during the surging pandemic.

You can read the full pledge here, and share your support via social media.



There have been sixteen (16) new cases in Montgomery and one (1) in Rocky Hill since our last report, Wednesday, 12-2-20.

As of 9AM today, December 4

Montgomery cases: 415

Montgomery deaths: 7

Rocky Hill cases: 9

Rocky Hill deaths: 0


Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

95      <20

67      20-29

43      30-39

58      40-49

73      50-59

49      60-69

12      70-79

27      80+

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

– 357 presumed recovered a

– 60 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/