12-9: Cases Rise by 22; Free Flu Clinic; Rent Relief Available; Gifts for Families in Need; Food Pantry Raises Funds; Holiday Farmer’s Market; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been twenty-two (22) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 12-7-20. See full case report at the end of this ebulletin.



FREE FLU CLINIC DECEMBER 14

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



APPLY NOW FOR RENT RELIEF

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.


 

HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR MONTY FAMILIES IN NEED

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.


HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE HAVING IMPACT

“Kidsgiving” organizers delivered donations to the Montgomery Food Pantry. They are (l-r) Hetal Soni, Ankita Patel, Rupal Shah, Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner, MJ Narula, Jai Narula, Raina Rauf, and Kiran Rauf.

Montgomery’s teachers, parents, and “kids” produced substantial donations to the Montgomery Food pantry in the last week.

On behalf of Montgomery Township School District teachers, Staci Anderson presented to the food pantry a $2,500 check, in addition to four shopping carts of donated food. The contribution was part of the NJEA Pride Grant program.

The Montgomery Charity Foundation’s third annual “Kidsgiving” enlisted local parents and children in an event last weekend that collected 500 food items for the Montgomery Food Pantry. They collaborated with MontyCares, Rotary, and Boy Scout Troop 850, churches, and over two dozen businesses in Montgomery and Hillsborough.

These generous efforts are part of the larger Montgomery Food Pantry holiday-season push to raise funds for grocery gift cards and to restock shelves for local families in need. Donations are accepted online or by check via the Montgomery Together website.


OUTDOOR HOLIDAY FARMER’S MARKET SATURDAY

Montgomery Mayor Sadaf Jaffer at a recent Farmer’s Market.

The Montgomery Friends of Open Space wraps up its 18th Farmer’s Market season this Saturday, 9am to noon, with an annual Holiday Market, held outdoors at Village Shopper near Mooyah.

Vendors include Christopher’s Soaps, The Granola Bar, and produce vendors Clifford Farm, Orchard Farm Organics, and Zell’s Farm.  The hoop houses are producing luscious fresh fall and winter vegetables.  Back for the Holiday Market will be Woods Edge Wool Farm, with alpaca wool clothing and gifts.

The market will have gift selections from stocking stuffers to farm fresh wreaths to shelf-stable organic soups and statement clothing. All sourced from our local farms!


TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

 

There have been twenty-two (22) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report, Monday, 12-7-20.

 

As of 9AM today, December 9

Montgomery cases: 454

Montgomery deaths: 7

Rocky Hill cases:  12

Rocky Hill deaths: 0

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

107      <20

73      20-29

45      30-39

67      40-49

78      50-59

53      60-69

12      70-79

31      80+

 

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

–  401presumed recovered a

–  58 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/