12-30: First Rocky Hill Death and 9 New Cases; Avoid New Year’s Parties; Local Businesses and COVID; Winter Bingo Challenge; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been nine (9) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 12-28-20, and Rocky Hill had its first death due to COVID-19. Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.


AVOID NEW YEAR’S PARTIES

Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey received her COVID vaccine this week.

Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey says she is concerned about the potential for a “surge on top of a surge” due to Christmas and New Year’s holiday gatherings. Consequently, she advises against celebrations on New Year’s Eve with anyone other than household members.

“I understand we all want to celebrate the end of 2020, but the pandemic is not yet behind us. I urge you to celebrate either privately or virtually,” Ms. Carey said.

As a local public health official, Ms. Carey became one of the first to be vaccinated in New Jersey, receiving her shot on Monday. “We all need to continue masking and social distancing, even after we vaccinate, because it takes up to six weeks, and two doses, to become 95% immune.    While vaccines provide reason for hope, we still are many months away from reaching herd immunity,” she said.


UPDATE ON LOCAL BUSINESSES AND COVID-19

The Montgomery Department of Health has provided local businesses with guidelines and A RESOURCE PACKET (found under Business Guidance button of Covid-19 Page) for handling employee COVID cases.  They are expected to: 1) Notify the Montgomery Department of Health and all employees; 2) Help the Health Department identify close contacts of infected persons; and 3) ensure that infected employees do not return to work too soon.

Depending on the situation, businesses may be asked to close for a day or more during the investigation, and to enable deep cleaning of the premises.

Currently, one retail store in town is closed for cleaning due to a suspected employee case. There appears to be no transmission to coworkers or customers.  While an earlier outbreak at Carrier Clinic has been resolved, several new clusters have emerged among patients and staff, reflecting community transmission statewide.  No Montgomery resident cases have been linked to Carrier.


KEEP BUSY WITH MONTY WINTER BINGO CHALLENGE!

The Montgomery Municipal Alliance is encouraging families to stay safe while being active by releasing a Monty Winter Bingo Challenge.” The game includes 24 activities that residents can choose from to fill in a bingo card. Examples include visiting the Sourland Mountains for a hike, exploring the township’s arboretum, visiting the Princeton University Art museum’s virtual exhibits, or driving by the sixteen Montgomery homes participating in the holiday lights decoration contest.


FOOD PANTRY DRIVE AT SHOPRITE THURSDAY

The Princeton Elks Club, Montgomery EMS, and the Montgomery Food Pantry have partnered for a New Year’s Eve drive for toiletries and cleaning products for families in need.  From 9 AM to 3 PM on Thursday, donations will be collected at ShopRite for items such as mouthwash, razors, aluminum foil, toilet paper, and sponges. You’ll be able to pick up a shopping list before entering the store, and then drop off donated items on your way out.


WATCH VIDEO: MONTGOMERY’S NATIVE HISTORY

As you celebrate the New Year, why not think back thousands of years to the Native American history of Montgomery? Last month, a virtual program hosted by Mayor Sadaf Jaffer featured a fascinating online discussion with Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Leader, Dr. John Norwood and Indigenous Rights Activist, Arla Patch.  The program was a project of One Montgomery and Montgomery4Heritage, a Princeton University Tiger Challenge Team.  Watch Video.


TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been nine (9) new COVID-19 cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report, Monday, 12-28-20. Rocky Hill had its first death. The age breaks below include a correction from Monday’s report.

As of 9AM today, December 30

Montgomery cases: 595

Montgomery deaths: 8

Rocky Hill cases:  18

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

132      <20

93     20-29

58      30-39

95      40-49

95      50-59

66      60-69

21      70-79

53      80+

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

–  536 presumed recovered a

–  60 currently ill

– 8 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/

Reopening Guidance

Employer/Business Outreach Packet 

Recommended Signage


Face Covering Required


Cleaning and Disinfecting


Cleaning High Touch Surfaces 


I Wear My Mask in Public for 3 Reasons


Mask Up


Outdoor Dining


Time. Space. People & Place


What is Your COVID-19 Risk Level?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html

New Jersey Governor’s Orders and Public Health Guidance

Non-Essential Construction, Curbside Pickup at Non-Essential Retail Businesses, and Gatherings in Cars
Summary of Non-Essential Construction
https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/pdf/EO-142.pdf

Outdoor Dining Protocols and Process to Expand Premises for Liquor License Holders
New Jersey Department of Health Outdoor Dining Executive Order  
Checklist Guidance for Outdoor Dining Establishments
Summary of Key Points Outdoor Dining
https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/pdf/EO-150.pdf

Youth Camps:
New Jersey Health Department Youth Camps/Day Care Guidance
Summary of Key Points Youth Camps/Day Cares
https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/pdf/EO-149.pdf

Swimming Pools/Recreational Bathing
Public Health Guidance from State Health Department 
Summary of Governor’s Order Key Points Swimming Pools and Recreational Bathing
CDC Guidance on Swimming Pools and Recreational Bathing

Child Care Centers
Public Health Guidance from State Health Department

Tanning and Body Art Establishments
Summary of Governor’s Order Tanning and Body Art Establishment

12-28: New COVID Cases at 33; Avoid New Year’s Parties as Monty Cases Remain High; Food Pantry Need and Donations; Get COVID App; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

Over the last five days there have been thirty-three (33) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 12-23-20. There was no report published Friday due to the Christmas holiday.


 

AVOID NEW YEAR’S PARTIES AS MONTY CASES REMAIN HIGH

For the week ending on Christmas Day, Montgomery and Rocky Hill logged 56 new cases, consistent with the elevated level of new cases reported for six straight weeks.

Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey says she is concerned about the potential for a “surge on top of the surge” due to Christmas holiday gatherings. It is too early to tell whether that additional surge will materialize.  Because of the prevalence of the virus within Montgomery, she advises against celebrations on New Year’s Eve with anyone other than household members.

“I understand we all want to celebrate the end of 2020, but the pandemic is not yet behind us. I urge you to celebrate either privately or virtually,” Ms. Carey said.


 

FOOD PANTRY NEED AND DONATIONS SURGING

Alfonso’s Pizzeria partnered with the Princeton Elks Club and the Montgomery Food Pantry to provide 24 free Christmas Day meals to local families in need.

The Montgomery Food Pantry has received $15,000 in holiday-season donations this month, bringing the total raised since the start of the pandemic to $55,000. The donations are being used to help more than 50 food-insecure families in town, many of whom have lost jobs because of the pandemic.

On Christmas Day, the food pantry partnered with the Princeton Elks Club to deliver 24 free holiday meals donated by Alfonso’s Pizzeria & Restaurant to families in the greatest need.

The Montgomery Food Pantry needs additional donations to help a growing number of families get through the winter. Most funds are being used to purchase and distributed ShopRite gift cards to families in need.  ShopRite adds an extra 10% to the face value of the cards. To donate by check or credit card, go to the Montgomery Together website.

 


FREE MOBILE APP NOTIFIES OF COVID EXPOSURE

COVID Alert NJ is a free mobile app that anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. It uses Bluetooth technology to identify people who have been with six feet of a person who has tested positive. Learn more about how the exposure notification app helps protect you and your family while ensuring your privacy.


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been thirty-three (33) new COVID-19 cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report, Wednesday, 12-23-20.

 

As of 9AM today, December 28

Montgomery cases: 586

Montgomery deaths: 8

Rocky Hill cases:  18

Rocky Hill deaths: 0

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

132      <20

92      20-29

55      30-39

93      40-49

92      50-59

66      60-69

20      70-79

54      80+

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

–  536 presumed recovered a

–  60 currently ill

– 8 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/

12-23: New COVID Cases at 20; Vaccine Outlook in Montgomery; Student Holiday Concerts; Holiday Decoration Winners; African American Museum in News; Santa Visits Monty; 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, 12-21-20. The rate of new, local cases has flattened at a high level, making it important for residents to avoid holiday gatherings with people outside their household.


VACCINES OFFER HOPE,
BUT “NORMAL” IS MONTHS AWAY

A Newark ER nurse was the first person to be vaccinated in New Jersey.

 

By Stephanie D. Carey
Montgomery Township Health Officer

The announcement of the first shipments of vaccine to New Jersey is creating justifiable excitement about the pandemic’s end.

But this week is just the first step.  It will take weeks and months of concerted effort to get those vaccines into the arms of enough Americans to halt this pandemic freight train.

We face a difficult January, as hospitalizations and deaths from those already infected come to pass. Those attending Christmas gatherings this weekend represent a huge additional risk. Here in Montgomery, we need continued vigilance, with universal masking and continued social distancing, until we reach herd immunity, sometime in July or August 2021.

To paraphrase Winston Churchill, this is not the beginning of the end, but the end of the beginning.  As vaccination and other interventions take hold, we should see a gradual decline in new cases over the next several months.

Many Montgomery residents are asking when they will get the vaccine. The answer depends on who you are and the roll out will go in this order:

  1. Hospitals are starting to vaccinate workers now.
  2. Nursing home residents and staff, and medical first responders (EMS) will be vaccinated early in January.
  3. Next, New Jersey will use 6 “Mega-Sites” to vaccinate community-based health workers such as home health aides, primary care, and dental care.
  4. As more vaccine becomes available in February or so, the next phase will be front-line essential workers and persons aged 75+.
  5. The general population will likely to be able to start getting vaccinated in late spring.

Montgomery resident vaccinations will be managed by the Somerset County Health Department which will provide updates on its website.


 

MONTGOMERY SCHOOL VIRTUAL HOLIDAY CONCERTS

 

Holiday concerts for Montgomery High School and Upper Middle School were performed virtually this year, and the community is welcomed to watch!

Don’t miss the single-song performances of the high school Chamber Choir and Chorale, and the middle school choirs.  You can also watch an hour-long series of solo performances and duets as part of the Winter Coffee House.


 

WINNERS OF HOLIDAY DECORATION CONTEST ANNOUNCED!

The Montgomery Recreation Department has announced the winners of a township-wide holiday lights contest.

The winners are 4 Maple Street (shown above) for “Best Theme,” 208 Berkeley Ave. for “Most Classic,” and 315 Spring Hill Rd. for “Most Original.” In addition, 140 people voted online for the “Fan Favorite” which was 909 Route 601.

If you would like to tour all of the participating homes, you can find the addresses on a Googlemap on Recreation Department’s website. Drive by during the evening to see the holiday lights at their best!


 

MAYOR AND NEW YORK TIMES PUT SPOTLIGHT ON AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM IN SKILLMAN

The One Montgomery Committee recently hosted a virtual event featuring Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills, founders of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum in Skillman. The 90-minute presentation and conversation can be watched on the township YouTube Channel.

Just this week, the museum was featured in the New York Times, and next week

Montgomery Mayor Sadaf Jaffer is hosting a fundraiser December 29th for the museum via Zoom.  Additional information and tickets for next week’s event are available on Eventbrite.


 

SANTA GETS AN ASSIST FROM MONTY FIRE DEPARTMENT

 

Montgomery Twp. Volunteer Fire Company No. 2 helped Santa make socially distanced tours of our neighborhoods on three nights last week.  If you missed the excitement, you can enjoy his arrival in this siren-filled video by Richard Hopkins. Photo above by Tamara Gillon.


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been twenty (20) new COVID-19 cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report, Monday, 12-21-20.

As of 9AM today, December 23

Montgomery cases: 553

Montgomery deaths: 8

Rocky Hill cases:  18

Rocky Hill deaths: 0

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

124      <20

85      20-29

53      30-39

88      40-49

90      50-59

62      60-69

18      70-79

51      80+

 

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

–  508 presumed recovered a

–  55 currently ill

– 8 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/

12-21: New COVID Cases at 19; Dr. Fauci Answers Children’s COVID questions; Festive Snowplows; Monty Virtual Cookbook Released; COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been nineteen (19) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 12-18-20.


 

FAUCI ANSWERS QUESTIONS FROM CHILDREN ABOUT COVID-19 AND HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS

Many children are concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly as it will impact family holiday traditions this month.  Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health answered questions on CNN that may be valuable for children to watch with a parent. Some of the questions were asked by Sesame Street characters Elmo and Grover.

Montgomery’s Health Department continues to advise against holiday gatherings this month, given the significant rise in cases locally and nationwide.


 

MONTY SNOWPLOWS WERE READY FOR
A FESTIVE, EARLY SNOWFALL

Montgomery 9th grader Alyssa Mallen (left) displays her painting, “The Grinch and Max,” on a snowplow blade. With her are DPW Superintendent Art Villano, Township Administrator Donato Nieman, and Mayor Sadaf Jaffer.

 

Montgomery artist Nicole Schwarcz, age 11, creates her depiction of snowboarder in the mountains.

The rare, pre-holiday snowstorm last week was greeted by township snowplows newly decked-out for the season. Public Works Superintendent Art Villano organized youth volunteers to decorate township plow blades with cheerful winter-themed paintings, such the Grinch Who Stole Christmas and his dog, Max.

The plow decorations were completed just in time for winter storm Gail that dumped about 7 inches of heavy snow last Wednesday and Thursday. According to Township Administrator Donato Neiman, the snow clean-up was highly successful, and residents cooperated by keeping their cars off roadways and parked in driveways rather than on the street.


 

LOOKING FOR NEW RECIPES?

CHECK OUT THE NEW MONTY VIRTUAL COOKBOOK!

Montgomery “First Daughter” Zareen making gingerbread.

Many of us are spending more time in the kitchen due to the pandemic, which was the inspiration behind the Montgomery Virtual Recipe Cookbook launched today by the recreation department.  Twenty-one Montgomery residents contributed favorite recipes, from Italian Ricotta Cookies and Lazy Lasagna to Deputy Clerk Marge Crawford’s famously popular Kielbasa.

Mayor Sadaf Jaffer contributed a recipe for Gingerbread, and explained: “I always loved decorating gingerbread houses when I was a child and now it is a tradition I share with my daughter. We prefer to make things from scratch, so making the gingerbread and using cookie cutters for the parts of the house before decorating is our family tradition. Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season!”

Montgomery Open Space Coordinator Lauren Wasilauski, who helped to organize the recipe book, said: “I have family in Ireland, and their brown bread is one of my favorite things to enjoy when I visit.  Since we couldn’t visit this year, and everyone else was making bread during the pandemic, I thought, ’why not try it?’”

Recreation Director Karen Zimmerman contributed her recipe for a holiday quiche: “I started making it about 14 years ago when both my children were in college.  We would wake up Christmas morning and open our presents, then we would sit down together and have a quiche breakfast.  Now that my kids are both grown and married, and they continue the tradition in their homes.”

The Montgomery Virtual Recipe Book is available on the Montgomery Together website.


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been nineteen (19) new COVID-19 cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report, Friday, 12-18-20.

As of 9AM today, December 21

Montgomery cases: 536

Montgomery deaths: 8

Rocky Hill cases:  15

Rocky Hill deaths: 0

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

122      <20

83      20-29

53      30-39

82      40-49

87      50-59

60      60-69

17      70-79

47      80+

 

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

–  491 presumed recovered

–  52 currently ill

– 8 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/

12-18: New COVID Cases at 22; Mayor’s Farewell Address; Gifts for Needy Families; Get COVID-19 App; 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 Wednesday, 12-16-20.


 

WEEKLY COVID CASES REMAIN ABOVE 50

For five straight weeks, Montgomery and Rocky Hill have averaged more than 50 new cases of COVID-19 per week, with 56 new cases logged over the prior 7 days. Montgomery and Rocky Hill have had more cases in the last five weeks than in the prior 38 weeks, reflecting community spread.

“As people finalize plans for Christmas next week, we urge residents to avoid travel and to avoid hosting gatherings with people beyond their immediate household,” said Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie Carey, who recently filmed a video with Mayor Sadaf Jaffer about the rise in local cases.


MAJOR JAFFER SUMS UP 2020 IN HER FINAL

TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING

Click on image above to watch Major Jaffer’s farewell address.

Speaking for the last time from the mayor’s chair, Mayor Sadaf Jaffer last night spoke hopefully about Montgomery Township’s progress on a range of issues, from responding to the COVID-19 crisis to the national reckoning on race.

Later in the meeting, the Township Committee adopted an ordinance creating an Inclusion and Equity Committee, and passed a resolution condemning a recent anti-Asian bias crime that occurred in Montgomery.

Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner read a resolution honoring Mayor Jaffer that said “We…express our deepest appreciation to the Honorable Sadaf Jaffer for her outstanding service to our community, and extend a fond farewell and warmest wishes for the future to Dr. Jaffer and her family.”

“Though it will be a bittersweet transition to no longer serve as Mayor, I look forward to continuing my engagement with the community in a different capacity,” Mayor Jaffer said. “I will always be available as a resource and I implore those who may be listening to consider getting involved in your local community. It is rewarding and it makes a difference.”

The committee presented her with a plaque that honored her for being a “ground breaker and breaking ground,” referring to the fact that Mayor Jaffer was the first Muslim woman mayor in the United States, the first South Asian women mayor in New Jersey, and presided over the start of construction of the new Montgomery Municipal Center.

During the public comment section, many residents thanked Mayor Jaffer for her leadership, as did Somerset County Freeholder Melonie Marano, community leaders including Rev. Jeff Knol, youth leaders, and the mayor’s husband, Dr. Daniel Sheffield. The entire meeting can be watched on the Twp. website’s Meetings Videos page.



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.


 

FREE MOBILE APP NOTIFIES OF COVID EXPOSURE

COVID Alert NJ is a free mobile app that anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. It uses Bluetooth technology to identify people who have been with six feet of a person who has tested positive. Learn more about how the exposure notification app helps protect you and your family while ensuring your privacy.


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been twenty-two (22) new COVID-19 cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report, Wednesday, 12-16-20.

As of 9AM today, December 18

Montgomery cases: 517

Montgomery deaths: 8

Rocky Hill cases:  15

Rocky Hill deaths: 0

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

118      <20

83      20-29

51      30-39

76      40-49

85      50-59

55      60-69

17      70-79

47      80+

 

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

–  473 presumed recovered a

–  51 currently ill

– 8 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/

12-16: Stonebridge Outbreak and 17 New Cases; Snow Emergency: Stay Off Roads; Rent Relief Available; Get COVID-19 App; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been seventeen (17) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 12-14-20. Today’s numbers include about a half dozen cases at Stonebridge where a cumulative total of fifteen (15) residents are currently positive for COVID-19.


STONEBRIDGE OUTBREAK AS COVID-19 INFECTIONS CONTINUE

The Stonebridge of Montgomery continuing care facility has reported an outbreak of 15 active COVID-19 cases among residents, including a half dozen who are among Montgomery’s 17 new cases in today’s report.  Additional Stonebridge residents are in quarantine awaiting test results.

Stonebridge also is the source of the one COVID-related death announced Monday, and three Stonebridge staff living in other jurisdictions have tested positive.

“What we are seeing is consistent with community spread throughout New Jersey, and it’s the reason we continue to advise people to stay home as much as possible, and refrain from holiday gatherings,” said Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey.  “The first vaccinations for COVID-19 started this week in New Jersey, and so we have a light at the end of the tunnel.  Now is not the time to relax. We must remain vigilant for a few more months as vaccinations are rolled out, so we can enjoy future holidays together.”



STAY OFF ROADS DURING SNOW EMERGENCY

Governor Murphy today declared a Statewide State of Emergency starting at 2 PM due to the approaching winter storm.  Montgomery Police urge residents to avoid driving during the serious “Nor’easter” storm that forecasted to arrive this afternoon in Montgomery.

“Stay home and stay safe,” said Montgomery Police Director/Captain James Gill.  “You only put yourself and our first responders at risk if you are driving unnecessarily during the storm.”

No parking is permitted on township streets during the snow emergency to enable plows to clear the streets of snow and ice. Township offices will be closing early at 4 PM today.

Because heavy, wet snow is predicted, there is a risk of power outages. PSE&G’s website offers advice for preparing for major snow events.  If you or a loved one has special requirements, such as medical equipment requiring electricity, sign-up confidentially for the Township’s List of persons who may need assistance during emergencies. See: https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/departments/public-safety/


 

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.


 

FREE MOBILE APP NOTIFIES OF COVID EXPOSURE

COVID Alert NJ is a free mobile app that anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. It uses Bluetooth technology to identify people who have been with six feet of a person who has tested positive. Learn more about how the exposure notification app helps protect you and your family while ensuring your privacy.


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been seventeen (17) new COVID-19 cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report, Monday, 12-14-20.

As of 9AM today, December 16

Montgomery cases: 496

Montgomery deaths: 8

Rocky Hill cases:  14

Rocky Hill deaths: 0

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

113      <20

79      20-29

47      30-39

74      40-49

83      50-59

54      60-69

15      70-79

45      80+

 

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

–  454 presumed recovered

–  48 currently ill

– 8 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/

12-14: One New Death and 17 New Cases; Get the COVID-19 App; Major Snow Forecasted; Rent Relief Available; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There has been one (1) new COVID-related death in addition to seventeen (17) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 12-11-20. See full case report at the end of this ebulletin.

Learn more about how to protect yourself and your family in a recent video discussion between Health Officer Stephanie Carey and Mayor Sadaf Jaffer.


 FREE MOBILE APP NOTIFIES OF COVID EXPOSURE

COVID Alert NJ is a free mobile app that anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. It uses Bluetooth technology to identify people who have been with six feet of a person who has tested positive. Learn more about how the exposure notification app helps protect you and your family while ensuring your privacy.



PREPARE FOR WINTER STORM

Following today’s mix of rain and snow, a major winter storm is expected to arrive on Wednesday afternoon and continue into Thursday. According to forecasts, this potent Nor’easter could bring a foot of snow to our area, beginning lightly Wednesday afternoon and gradually turning steady and heavy into the evening, making for hazardous driving.

Montgomery Township reminds residents that cars need to be off streets and parked in driveways to facilitate snow plowing, and that garbage and recycling bins should be pulled away from streets.

Because heavy, wet snow is expected, there will be a risk of power outages. PSE&G’s website offers advice for preparing for major snow events.


 

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.


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been seventeen (17) new COVID-19 cases and one (1) new death in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report, Friday, 12-11-20.

As of 9AM today, December 14

Montgomery cases: 479

Montgomery deaths: 8

Rocky Hill cases:  14

Rocky Hill deaths: 0

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

109      <20

77      20-29

47      30-39

62      40-49

82      50-59

54      60-69

13      70-79

39      80+

 

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

–  444 presumed recovered a

–  41 currently ill

– 8 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/

PPE Discounts for Small Businesses – EXTENDED Thru Dec. 17th

Small businesses  — organizations with 100 or fewer employees may purchase PPE at a 65% discount through the State’s PPE Access Program.

Discounts available through the PPE Access Program have been extended.  Small business owners can now apply and purchase PPE items until December 17th at 11:59 pm. If you have previously been approved, your retailer portal will automatically be updated with the December 17th expiration date. 

With the winter season approaching, NJEDA has expanded their discount program. Small business discounts have increased to nearly 70%, and discount caps have doubled in value. In addition, all discounts will now be valid until December 17th.  See below to learn more about the program expansion.

STATE OF NEW JERSEY COVID INFORMATION HUB

 

Source: New Jersey Economic Development Agency

12-11: Cases Rise by 10; Mayor’s Video with Health Officer; Cryptocurrency Scam; Free Flu Clinic; Rent Relief Available; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been ten (10) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 12-9-20. See full case report at the end of this ebulletin.


MONTY COVID CASES REMAIN ELEVATED

 

With 52 new cases over the last 7 days, Montgomery’s volume of new infections remains extremely high, according to the Montgomery Township Health Department. Over the last four weeks combined, the township has reported 222 cases, nearly half the total since the start of the pandemic.

Montgomery Township Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey recommends avoiding holiday travel this month, as does the Centers for Disease Control. She spoke in more depth with Montgomery Mayor Sadaf Jaffer in a new video released today.


BEWARE OF CRYPTOCURRENCY SCAM

Montgomery Police wish to inform residents of a scam involving cryptocurrency.  Recently, a resident was contacted by a male claiming to be from the United States Marshall’s Service and suggesting there was a problem with the resident’s Social Security Number.

The male told the resident that a member of the Montgomery Township Police Department would call with further instructions.  The resident received a call from the Montgomery Police non-emergency number, 908-874-3333, which was spoofed by the scammers.  Believing that the call was legitimate because it is a valid phone number for MTPD, the resident complied with the scammers.

Montgomery Police remind residents that this department and any other legitimate government agency will not solicit any type of payment via telephone, especially payment via cryptocurrency.



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.


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been ten (10) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report, Wednesday, 12-9-20.

As of 9AM today, December 11

Montgomery cases: 462

Montgomery deaths: 7

Rocky Hill cases:  14

Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

 

108      <20

74      20-29

45      30-39

69      40-49

80      50-59

54      60-69

13      70-79

33      80+

 

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

–  416 presumed recovered

–  53 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/