2-5: Seven New COVID Cases; Avoid Super Bowl Parties; Capacity Limits Raised; Sign Up on Multiple Vaccination Lists; Shop Local for Valentines; Avoid Utility Scams; COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been seven (7) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 2-3-21.  Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.


PACE OF NEW CASES SLOWS, BUT NO TIME TO PARTY

Montgomery’s pace of new COVID cases has slowed considerably, but the Montgomery Township Health Department cautions residents should remain vigilant and avoid Super Bowl parties.  “It’s good to see the holiday surge subsiding, but it’s no time to party,” said Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey. She said the virus is still present in our community, and it is important to get infections as low as possible before more virulent strains arrive in town.

The number of cases for the week ending today is 24, the lowest since last November 13.  Yet that is still high relative to midsummer when Montgomery was seeing weekly cases in the low single digits.

“If you watch the Super Bowl, please do so with members of your immediate household only and consider a virtual get-together with your friends during a lull in the action.” Ms. Carey said.


 

CAPACITY LIMITS RAISED FOR BUSINESSES, RELIGIOUS SERVICES

Starting today, indoor capacity limits rise from 25 percent to 35 percent for many businesses, including restaurants, non-profit cubs, gyms, barber shops, and nail salons.  The capacity limit for private, indoor gatherings remains at 10, however.

The new Executive Order lifts the 10 p.m. curfew for in-person indoor restaurant service, however local officials may continue to regulate the hours of operation of indoor restaurant service and indoor operations of other non-essential businesses after 8:00 p.m. The prohibition on seating at indoor bar areas remains in effect.

Religious ceremonies or services, political activities, wedding ceremonies, funerals, and memorial services that are currently limited to 25 percent of the room’s capacity up to 150 people will now be limited to 35 percent of the room’s capacity up to 150 people. Indoor meetings of addiction groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, will also be limited to 35 percent up to 150 individuals.


SIGN UP ON MULTIPLE VACCINATION LISTS

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 just 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.

Raritan Valley Community College continues to be the centralized public health site for vaccines in Somerset County. The best way to get vaccinated at RVCC is to 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 its own list of residents 65 and older, with an emphasis on people without internet access or difficulty driving themselves to RVCC.  We will use this list if we are able to procure vaccine for local use. To get on this list, call 908-359-8211 x2400. If you have a neighbor without internet access, 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.


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 seven (7) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 2-3-21.

As of 9AM today, February 5

Montgomery cases: 805

Montgomery deaths: 19

Rocky Hill cases:  22

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

184      <20

129      20-29

79       30-39

126     40-49

128     50-59

94       60-69

29       70-79

58       80+

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

–  765 presumed recovered

–  42 currently ill

– 20 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/