2-10: Twenty New COVID Cases; Vaccination Update; Shop Local for Valentines; Health Exchange Open; Rent Relief; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been twenty (20) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 2-8-21.  Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.


VACCINATION UPDATE

New Jersey and Somerset County continue to experience a big gap between the large demand for vaccines and a limited supply. Somerset County is receiving 700 doses per week for a population of more than 325,000. Eligible for vaccination are all adults 65 and older, or adults 16+ with underlying health conditions. Veterans may be eligible through the Veteran’s Administration.

Raritan Valley Community College continues to be the centralized public health site for vaccines in Somerset County. To get vaccinated at RVCC you should get on the state website covidvaccine.nj.gov.  If you or someone you know does not have access to the internet, call the New Jersey Call Center Vaccination Support Number between 8 AM and 8 PM:  855-568-0545.

Montgomery Township is keeping a limited list of vulnerable, elderly residents lacking internet access or transportation, to help them get access to vaccine.  If you have no internet access, nor transportation, call 908-359-8211 x2400. If you have a neighbor meeting this definition, consider bringing this phone number to his or her attention.

There are some hospital-based, public, and private sites offering vaccination, such as CVS and Walgreens.  All are experiencing volume in excess of supply, but eligible Montgomery residents are welcome to try them at this site: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-eligible-recipients


 

SHOP LOCAL FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

Montgomery Together has created a list of “shop local” ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day safely at home, or socially distanced. Some highlights:

  • A “chocolate tasting” with sweets from Robinson’s Chocolates
  • Watch the movie Mystic Pizza while eating a local pie made by Alfonso’s, Beniamino’s, Genteel’s, or New World.
  • Spoil your furry Valentine with a treat from T&T Pet Supply

Visit the Montgomery Together website for more ideas, and for a list of local Valentine’s Day promotions.


 

NJ STATE HEALTH CARE EXCHANGE OPEN UNTIL MAY 15

New Jersey will extend the open enrollment period for its health insurance marketplace, initially set to expire yesterday, through May 15, in response to the ongoing pandemic.

If you need an affordable health care plan for 2021, visit getcovered.nj.gov to review plan options and learn if you qualify for financial assistance. The coverage is provided through New Jersey’s state-run health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act is now open.

The State of New Jersey recently created this new program to provide additional financial help to residents to lower the cost of health coverage.  Nearly 8 out of 10 New Jersey residents will qualify for cost saving options that significantly reduce the cost of quality health insurance. The expanded three-month open enrollment period continues until May 15, 2021.



APPLY NOW FOR LOCAL 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. About $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.


 

BEWARE OF UTILITY COMPANY SCAMS

PSE&G reports a recent increase in scammers contacting customers and falsely alleging overdue balances and threatening to shut off power without immediate payment. At this time, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, PSE&G has suspended any service disconnections for residential customers.

While the common scam tactic of requesting a prepaid debit card to provide payment available at local pharmacies and convenience stores is still active, some con artists are now demanding payment via digital payment platforms or apps.

Don’t let yourself be scammed. For more information, visit the PSE&G website.


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been twenty (20) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 2-8-21.

As of 9AM today, February 8

Montgomery cases: 841

Montgomery deaths: 20

Rocky Hill cases:  22

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

 

195   <20

134  20-29

81    30-39

132  40-49

132  50-59

96    60-69

29    70-79

64    80+

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

–  805 presumed recovered a

–  37 currently ill

– 21 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/