Montgomery’s Case Count 3/31 & Info on Meetings, Muni Operations, Business Directory

DAILY COVID-19 RELATED ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Cases, Remote Meetings, Municipal Operations, Business Directory

 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

As of 10 am today, 3/31, Montgomery Township Health Dept. reports the following COVID-19 case figures.  Note: recovered case figures may lag, due to the time necessary to confirm.

Cases:  17
Deaths: 0
Recovered: 7
# of Cases by Age Range:

2             <18
3             20-29
2             30-39
2             40-49
5             50-59
3             60-69
0             70-79

These numbers represent a snapshot in time, and will change daily or even hourly as new data come in. This represents only laboratory-confirmed cases, and does not include people who are sick but unable to be tested.  If you are experiencing cough and fever, you should isolate yourself from well family members, and stay home until 3 days after your symptoms resolve without medications. If your symptoms worsen, contact your health care provider for a telemedicine consultation. We continue to stress the importance of washing hands, maintaining social distancing, and staying home. See yesterday’s bulletin on Testing Sites.

*****DISCLAIMER***** The reported numbers on this page may not match the figures provided on the Somerset County page.  This is due to differences in reporting times.


MONTGOMERY MUNICIPAL OPERATIONS IN APRIL

The closure of Montgomery’s municipal building will continue into April and we will evaluate the return to normal operations on a weekly basis, following the guidance from the Governor’s Executive Orders. (See operation details below.)

ELECTED OFFICIAL MEETINGS & OTHER BOARDS & COMMITTEES

The Montgomery Board of Health will meet via broadcasted video conference on Wednesday, April 1st at 7:30 PM.

The Montgomery Township Committee will also meet by broadcasted video conference on Thursday, April 2nd at 7:00 PM.

These two public meetings may be viewed live and on demand on Comcast Channel 29 or on the Twp. website at Meetings Videos.  For instructions on how to comment, go to link in yellow at top of homepage: twp.montgomery.nj.us. Zoom links are not at all necessary to watch a broadcast meeting (and should not be used), but are intended for commenters only, who will find the Zoom codes needed on the April Meetings Calendar.

The Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment will not begin meeting again until further notice. Some advisory volunteer boards will be meeting by teleconference and other methods accessible by the public.  Continue to check the Meetings Calendar for updates.

MUNICIPAL OPERATION SPECIFICS

The municipality is operating in the following manner:

The Municipal Building is operating with only minimal staffing and any meetings or requests must be made by appointment via email or telephone (908-359-8211 or receptionist@twp.montgomery.nj.us). Health, Police, and Sewer Departments are fulfilling all their necessary public functions.

The Health Department has a dedicated line 908-533-9319 to be used for questions related to the COVID-19 virus. They are posting daily Montgomery case counts and much other useful guidance on the COVID-19 webpage.

To protect the Public and Public Works Employees and to further prevent the spread of Covid-19, the Township Container Facility (mini-dump), classified as a non-essential service, shall remain closed until further notice.

The Non-Emergency number for Police is 908-359-3222. In an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Code Inspections are being done only by appointment (see above).

Fire Prevention Bureau will accept signed affidavits by homeowners and businesses in lieu of inspections. (More info)

The Drop Box located at the front of the building can be used for Tax, Sewer and any other payments due to the Township. Payments may also be mailed to: 2261 Rt. 206, Belle Mead, NJ 08502. Online Bill Pay is also always available.

For all non-emergency questions or concerns, please email or call 908-359-8211 to leave a voice mail message. Reception is actively staffed. Thank you!


 SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES

Our local businesses are the heart of Montgomery. During this public health emergency, many non-essential businesses are not able to operate* but others, considered essential, are doing their best to stay open to serve the Montgomery public. Fortunately, there is a resource for those looking to support local businesses at this time.

Check out Montgomery Township’s free searchable

Business Directory

Listings now include “Confirmed – Open” and updated current hours / details.  This info is based upon the business’s responses to a Township EDC email inquiry and checks.

*Non-essential businesses must remain closed in keeping with Governor Murphy’s Order #107.

Montgomery-based businesses wishing to add/update their information should read this page: https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/about-montgomery/economic-development/business-directory/

NJEDA CEO to Speak on COVID19 Help for Businesses

TUESDAY, MARCH 30 @ 4 PM
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority recently announced new initiatives to support businesses impacted by COVID-19. The New Jersey Business & Industry Association, the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce and the Commerce & Industry Association of New Jersey are partnering for a special webinar conversation with NJEDA CEO, Tim Sullivan, on March 31 at 4 p.m. The goal is to provide valuable insight to these programs and answer the wide range of questions that have been asked by businesses and non-profits throughout the state.

Please join this important information-packed webinar to learn what your business needs to survive during this crisis and come out stronger on the other side.

REGISTER NOW

The Business Partnership is still open and looking for ways to promote your business through this crisis. If you happen to have webinars you like to present or topics you would like to hear about, please contact Samantha Calderon at scalderon@scbp.org.  

Source: SCBP 

Board of Health Meeting April 1

The Montgomery Township Board of Health will meet by teleconference on Wednesday, April 1st at 7:30 PM.  The meeting will be broadcast at that time on Comcast Channel 29 and also live and on demand on the Township website’s Meetings Video page.

The agenda is posted on the Board of Health webpage.

If you would like to comment, you may do so in advance by email or via Zoom call or video link.  The Zoom links are not needed or to be used for simply viewing the meeting (see above on accessing live broadcast).  Zoom connection is reserved for commenters.  Please read instructions linked at top of the Township website homepage, twp.montgomery.nj.us . Thank you!

 

 

Montgomery’s Case Count 3/30 & Testing Center Info

Health Department Update March 30, 2020
RE: COVID-19 Case Counts and Testing Updates

 

As of March 30, 2020, 1:00 pm, there have been a total of 14 reported positive cases in Montgomery Township. As testing continues to ramp up in the State, we anticipate this number to increase. We continue to stress the importance of washing hands, maintaining social distancing, and staying home, especially when sick.

For those who are concerned that they may have symptoms of COVID-19, below is some information on statewide testing sites. The State has introduced dedicated testing times for Medical Providers and First Responders.

Testing for Medical Providers and First Responders:
Beginning this Saturday April 4th, and all Saturdays moving forward, the Monmouth County State-run COVID-19 site (PNC Bank Arts Center) will be dedicated to collecting ONLY samples from symptomatic health care workers and symptomatic first responders (Law enforcement, Firefighters, EMT’s). The site will collect a maximum of 250 specimens per day.

Testing for the General Public:
The two locations below are available for any symptomatic New Jersey resident. Beginning Sunday, March 29th, an alternate covid19 testing schedule has been implemented for a maximum capacity of 500 specimen collections per day. This alternating schedule will be as follows:

  1. Bergen County Community College, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ

Operating Days: Tuesday 3/31, Thursday 4/2 & Friday 4/3

 

  1. PNC Bank Arts Center, 116 Garden State Parkway, Holmdel, NJ

Operating Days: Monday 3/30, Wednesday 4/1

Please call your doctor if you are sick and wish to be tested, so they may guide you. The State  is maintaining a list of public testing centers on the State’s COVID-19 Info Hub. Some sites are only available for residents of a particular area, but updates are expected as new centers open.  Please see State list at:

‘TESTING CENTERS IN NJ’ QUERY OF COVID19.NJ.GOV HUB

Private drive-thru testing for symptomatic people may be available through Central Jersey Urgent Care.  If it is not available at one testing site, check their other locations at bottom of their page. Visit https://myinstadocmonroe.com/coronavirus-testing/ for more information. (This for informational purposes only, not an endorsement by Montgomery Township).

For the latest information, including case counts and guidance, go to the Health Department’s COVID 19 webpage at: www.health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19

Source: Montgomery Township Health Dept. & OEM

Info on Closure of Non-Essential Businesses

Executive Order 107, a Statewide Stay-At-Home and Closure of All Non-Essential Retail Businesses,  was issued March 21st by NJ Governor Phil Murphy. The State has set up a guidance on what businesses may remain open . 

You can ask any question and search the answer at the State COVID-19 Information Hub at:

https://covid19.nj.gov/

See also NJ OEM Administrative Order of March 30 with further clarifications.

Find out what to do if you see a violation of Exec. Order 107 at:

https://covid19.nj.gov/search.html?query=violations

 

Source: Official Site of the State of New Jersey

NJ EDA’s COVID-19 Support Programs

NJEDA PROGRAMS SUMMARY FLIER

Read about New Jersey Economic Development Agency's new initiatives to support New Jersey businesses at:

NJEDA Announces New Initiatives to Support Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

The NJ EDA has also issued a Frequently Asked Question section for New Jersey businesses with questions about operations during COVID-19 at:

https://faq.business.nj.gov/en/

 

Source: NJDEDA

COVID-19 Finance & Fundraising Webinar Friday

FINANCE & FUNDRAISING LUNCH AND LEARN WEBINAR

Many businesses, small and large, have reached out to the NJ Tech Council to share their concerns around revenue and cash flow as Covid-19 impacts the way companies conduct business.

To address these concerns and provide real-time information, the NJTC is hosting a Small Business Finance and Fundraising Lunch and Learn Webinar this Friday, March 27 at 12:30pm. You can register to attend here.

This webinar will feature:

KathleenCoviello, EVP, Technology, Life Sciences, and Entrepreneurship at the NJ Economic DevelopmentAuthority

Mark Kolb, Entrepreneur In Residenceat Tech Council Ventures

Jim Gunton, Managing Partner & Founder at Tech Council Ventures

Attendees of this webinar will be receiving brand-new information on programs for COVID-impacted businesses from the EDA as well as tips and best practices from these seasoned experts.

 REGISTER NOW

Source: NJ Tech Council

Why Social Distance?

The Health Department would like to continue to emphasize the importance of social distancing. What we as a community do, matters. With children home and more people working from home, it may be tempting to get together for play dates, parties, have sleepovers or shoot some basketball. But social distancing only works if we all participate.

Those who take this outbreak seriously are saving lives. People who do not follow social distancing guidelines are more likely to endanger themselves, their family and their neighbors.

To put this into perspective, in Montgomery Township, we have approximately 23,000 people. If 20 percent of us become infected with COVID-19, approximately 4,600 people in our community will get sick, and dozens of our residents could die from the disease. That is why social distancing is so important. It slows the rate at which people become sick. It will buy us time and flatten the curve, to take the burden off our critical hospital beds. Parents — please reinforce this message to your children, especially teens.

Most people who get sick will be able to self-care at home. But 1 in 5 people who get the illness will need hospitalization, especially older people or those with chronic illness. But  sometimes, young people get seriously ill, too.

Residents who are at greatest risk of serious or fatal complications include people who are 60 years old and older, as well as people who have underlying health conditions. High risk conditions include heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.

We cannot state this any better or more eloquently than the Governor of New York, who provided the following guidelines for people of normal health and people of a compromised immune system.

Guidelines for Vulnerable Populations (Matilda’s Law):

  1. Remain indoors
  2. Can go outside for solitary exercise
  3. Pre-screen all visitors and aides by taking their temperature
  4. Do not visit households with multiple people
  5. All vulnerable persons should wear a mask when in the company of others
  6. To the greatest extent possible, everyone in the presence of vulnerable people should wear a mask
  7. Always stay at least six feet away from individuals
  8. Do not take public transportation unless urgent and absolutely necessary

 Guidelines for People of Normal Health:

  1. Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations, or other social events) are cancelled or postponed at this time.
  2. Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced.
  3. When in public, individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others.
  4. Businesses and entities that provide essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least 6 feet.
  5. Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where you come in close contact with people.
  6. Individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely necessary, and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least 6 feet from other riders.
  7. Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care, and only after a telehealth visit to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health.
  8. Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations.

For the latest information, check out the Health Department’s COVID 19 webpage at :

www.health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19

Reaching Montgomery Twp. Offices during State of Emergency

Based upon Governor Murphy’s executive orders of March 21, the Municipal Building is closed until further notice with only minimal staffing. Health, Police, and Sewer Departments are working.

The Drop Box located at the front of the building can be used for Tax, Sewer and any other payments due to the Township. Payments may also be mailed to: 2261 Rt. 206, Belle Mead, NJ 08502.

Code Inspections will be done only by appointment.

Fire Prevention Bureau will accept signed affidavits by homeowners and businesses in lieu of inspections. (More info)

Please email or leave a voicemail message by dialing 908-359-8211 if you need to contact the Township with a non-emergent question or problem.

The Non-Emergency number for Police is 908-359-3222.

The Health Department has a dedicated line 908—533-9319 to be used for questions related to the COVID-19 Virus. All regular business should use the general number of 908-359-8211.

Source: Montgomery Twp. Administration