2-8 : One More Death and 16 New COVID Cases; Sign Up on Multiple Vaccination Lists; Shop Local for Valentines; Business Association Annual Meeting; Fresh Start in Feb.; Black Professionals Webinar; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been one (1) additional death and sixteen (16) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 2-5-21.  Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.


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 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. 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, only for people without internet access or unable to drive.  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.


MONTY BUSINESS ASSN HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING

The Montgomery Business Association (MBA) will hold its annual meeting tomorrow, Tuesday February 9 from 8-9:30 AM. Each member / guest will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and their local business.

The invited speaker is Montgomery Mayor, Devra Keenan, and additional township officials will provide a community update. The membership will vote to select the 2021 MBA Board of Directors.  The event is free for Members and $10 for Non-members. See Full Agenda. Register at:

https://www.shoplocalmontgomery.com/event-4103150/Registration


FRESH START FEBRUARY CALENDAR
OFFERS MINDFUL WAYS TO STAY UPBEAT!

The Montgomery Township Municipal Alliance has developed a month-long program to help residents facing stress during the pandemic.

The last year has been difficult – a pandemic, political and social unrest, financial distress, isolation, and loneliness. We have been tested in ways we couldn’t have imagined a mere year ago. In trying to deal with ever-changing circumstances, many have turned to unhealthy ways of coping. Fresh Start February offers a chance to start over.

Go to the FRESH START FEBRUARY CALENDAR at:

https://health.montgomery.nj.us/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Fresh-Start-February-Calendar.pdf


 

MONTGOMERY BLACK PROFESSIONALS SERIES CONTINUES

Throughout February the MHS Black Student Union & Montgomery Inclusion & Equity Committee are co-hosting a weekly series of roundtables led by Black professionals. Week #1’s Health and STEM panel were (L to R) Top row: Cynthia Okocha, former Montgomery Mayor Sadaf Jaffer, Grace Johnson. Middle row: Dr. Ena Marsan, Twana Young, and Lauren Barber. Bottom row: Nidalia Wolfe.

 

The Montgomery High School Black Student Union and the Montgomery Township Inclusion and Equity Committee present another virtual Black Professionals Roundtable Series on Thursday February 11 at 7 PM.

This week’s event will focus on law and government. Speakers are Somerset County Commissioner Director Shanel Robinson, Montgomery Township Asst. Admin. / CFO Michael Pitts, and attorney Antoinette Forbes, Esq. Biographies are available online.

The goal of the event series is to empower viewers of all ages and races to pursue their professional dreams, and to celebrate Black success. Last week’s inaugural session on health and STEM professions can be watched online.

Online registration is required at bit.ly/montyblackprofessionals. All are welcome via Zoom.


TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been sixteen (16) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill and one (1) additional death since our last report on Friday, 2-5-21.

As of 9AM today, February 8

Montgomery cases: 821

Montgomery deaths: 20

Rocky Hill cases:  22

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

189   <20

132   20-29

79     30-39

128   40-49

131    50-59

96      60-69

29      70-79

59      80+

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

 

– 796 presumed recovered a

– 27 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/