2-26: Eleven New Cases; Vaccination Update; Free Virtual Senior Programs; Free Mental Health Help; Rent Relief; Detailed COVID Case Report


There have been eleven (11) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 2-24-21.  That brings the recent weekly total to 37, down from 63 the prior week.

More than a dozen cases the last two weeks have been linked to unauthorized youth sports activities, according to Montgomery Township Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey, who said, “The light at the end of the tunnel is getting bigger, but it is no time to throw caution to the wind. We are in a race between infection and vaccination, especially with new variants beginning to appear in New Jersey.”

A detailed case report follows at the end of this ebulletin.



Over 1.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to New Jerseyans, as the pace of vaccination accelerates.

Eligibility for vaccine in New Jersey continues to be limited to persons 65 and older and younger adults with underlying health conditions.  To get vaccinated, all residents must sign up on the state website,  covidvaccine.nj.gov, so you can be notified when you become eligible. You can also call the New Jersey Call Center Vaccination Support Number between 8 AM and 8 PM:  855-568-0545.

Those who are eligible may also sign up for hospital-based, public, and private sites offering vaccination, such as CVS, and the several New Jersey “Mega Sites.”  All are experiencing demand in excess of supply, so you may need to try multiple times: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-eligible-recipients.  Some CVS and Rite Aid locations are starting to offer vaccine, with the appointments filling within an hour of posting.

You can also use social media to help get an appointment. Join the New Jersey Covid Vaccine Info Facebook group. The 61,000-member group gives New Jerseyans the opportunity to share up-to-date information on vaccine availability.

Follow VaxxUpdates on Twitter. The page helps Garden State residents secure vaccine appointments with instant updates on availability.

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.



Somerset County’s Office on Aging is offering a wide variety of virtual programs for seniors throughout March to residents 60 and older. Programs include lectures on the architect Frank Gehry and the Stature of Liberty; a virtual tour of Montgomery’s SAVE animal shelter; virtual meditation and exercise classes; and virtual bingo.

To register for a program or class, call 908-203-6101 or email Donlin@co.somerset.nj.us.



If you or your family are experiencing feelings of isolation, fear, confusion, anxiety, or stress, Somerset County is offering free counseling through the new Somerset County Hope and Healing Crisis Counseling Program (CCP). The CCP  is funded through a FEMA/SAMHSA grant in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All support provided through this program is confidential, anonymous, and free. For more information, visit the Somerset County website or call the support hotline at 908-231-6414.




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.




There have been eleven (11) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 2-24-21.

As of 9AM today, February 26:

Montgomery cases: 950

Montgomery deaths: 20

Rocky Hill cases:  23

Rocky Hill deaths: 1


Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

241   <20

150    20-29

87      30-39

148    40-49

145    50-59

96      60-69

36      70-79

70      80+

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

– 892 presumed recovered a

–  60   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.

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/