Case Count 5-29 and General Twp. Announcements

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

As of 9 am today, 5/29:

NJ cases: 158,844
NJ deaths: 11,531
Somerset County cases: 4,552
Somerset County deaths: 411
Montgomery cases:  107
Montgomery deaths: 7
Montgomery presumed recovered: 75 a
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0
Rocky Hill presumed recovered: 6 a

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

6        <20
12        20-29
17        30-39
15        40-49
23        50-59
17        60-69
4        70-79
19        80+

Total 113  cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill

a “Presumed recovered” means 30 days have elapsed since individual’s diagnosis and the person is not hospitalized.

The above numbers represent a snapshot in time, and will change daily or even hourly as new data come in. We are including both laboratory-confirmed cases, and probable cases, meaning cases believed to have COVID-19 based on symptoms and exposure to confirmed cases (identified via contact tracing), but who cannot yet qualify for testing at this time. 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.

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/

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

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/.



MONTGOMERY TWP. GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Montgomery Township officials and township staff are resolved to do everything we can to support our community during this difficult time. Although our buildings remain closed, we are still working and available to serve you. If you have any questions, please check the Twp. website at montgomery.nj.us first, then call the municipal building at 908-359-8211 or email receptionist@twp.montgomery.nj.us.

ILLNESS & TESTING

  • If you are experiencing cough and fever, you should isolate yourself from well family members, and stay home until three days after your symptoms resolve without medications. If your symptoms worsen, contact your health care provider. Go to Montgomery Health’s COVID-19 Webpage or dial 908-533-9319 for assistance.
  • Testing for COVID-19 is available for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents who are exhibiting symptoms, such as fever, dry cough and shortness of breath, have a doctor’s authorization, and with appointment. If you qualify, free drive-thru testing is at Raritan Valley Community College. The next test dates are June 2nd and 4th. Call 908-237-7150 to make an appointment.
  • There will also be a free covid-19 testing clinic at ZuFall’s Center on June 3rd at the Franklin Twp. Middle School. Call 908-526-2335 before June 3rd to register. Free face masks available.
  • If you are a senior citizen in need of transportation to a doctor’s appointment, please contact Somerset County Transportation at 908-231-7115.

MUNICIPAL BUSINESS

  • Payments – Sewer bills has been extended from June 1st to July 1st and 2nd quarter property taxes have been extended to June 1st.  Payments received by end of business day on June 1st are on time. Any payments received after June 1st will be charged interest going back to 5/1/20. For methods of payment, while the Twp. building is closed, go to Payments on the Twp. website or call Peggie the Receptionist at 908-359-8211.
  • Voting – On May 15 the Governor passed an order that every registered voter will be mailed a Vote By Mail Ballot or Application ahead of the Primary Election Day, Tuesday, July 7. Watch your mail.

CURRENTLY CLOSED

  • Montgomery Township school buildings will remain closed and remote learning will continue through the end of the school year.
  • State, County and Montgomery Township Parks including pathways and tennis courts have re-opened but playing fields and playgrounds remain closed.
  • The Montgomery Township Recreation (609-466-3023) and Senior Center (609-466-0846), Municipal Building (908-359-8211), and Container Facility at Public Works Yard (908-874-3144) remain physically closed until further notice, but employees are still at work to answer your questions.
  • Last Friday, the Recreation Dept. announced the cancellation of summer camp programs. A poll revealed low parental interest from last year’s participating families.  We will continue to post info on day care alternatives as more information becomes available.

CURRENTLY OPEN

  • This weekend, Somerset County is holding a Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Saturday, from 9 AM to 2 PM at the So. County Public Works Garage, 410 Roycefield Rd., Hillsborough. Proof of County residency and adherence to social distancing measures is required.
  • Also at 9 AM to 2 PM on Saturday at the same location, there will be a Drive-Thru Old/Unwanted Medication Drop-off. Medication must be in the original package with the name of the medication visible. Personal identification info on labels should be removed.
  • Local restaurants are closed for dining-in but most still offer delivery and take-out. See our Business Directory on the Twp. website.
  • Essential businesses such as grocery and pharmacy are fully open and non-essential businesses can now arrange pick-ups for purchases. Call your favorite local retail store for details. We encourage you to Shop Local and support Montgomery businesses.

REMINDERS

  • If you are out in public, wear a mask and social distance by six feet. Let’s protect one another.
  • New Jersey has formed a COVID-19 Fraud Task Force. To report any instance of price gouging, charity scams, procurement fraud, scam calls, or any other related unlawful activity, please call 866-720-5721.
  • Please complete your 2020 census. Funding of critical federal funding determined through the official census counts. Ten minutes to answer ten questions will have impact for the next ten years. If you have any questions, call 844-330-2020.
  • Many of these general reminders may be found by calling the new Montgomery Info Line which is recorded weekly at (908) 533-9296.

FINDING HELP, GIVING HELP

  • If you or someone you know is in need of assistance from our Food Pantry or you would like to donate funds to support it, please contact Denise Crowley at 609-466-1054 or dcrowley@twp.montgomery.nj.us.
  • If you are interested in finding out how you can deliver or donate meals for front line workers, make homemade masks, or help the community in other ways, please call our receptionist Peggie at 908-359-8211.
  • More helpful information on finding help and giving help may be found at MontgomeryTogether.us

 

Case Count 5-28, Be Kind to Your Mind, Biker/Walker Caution, Farmers Market Opens 6-06

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

As of 9 am today, 5/28:

NJ cases: 157,815
NJ deaths: 11,401
Somerset County cases: 4,522
Somerset County deaths: 410
Montgomery cases:  107
Montgomery deaths: 7
Montgomery presumed recovered: 75 a
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0
Rocky Hill presumed recovered: 6 a

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

6        <20
12        20-29
17        30-39
15        40-49
23        50-59
17        60-69
14        70-79
19        80+

Total 113 b cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill

a “Presumed recovered” means 30 days have elapsed since individual’s diagnosis and the person is not hospitalized.

b The above increase of five cases results from a delay in reporting over the holiday weekend.

The above numbers represent a snapshot in time, and will change daily or even hourly as new data come in. We are including both laboratory-confirmed cases, and probable cases, meaning cases believed to have COVID-19 based on symptoms and exposure to confirmed cases (identified via contact tracing), but who cannot yet qualify for testing at this time. 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.

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/

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

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/.


BE KIND TO YOUR MIND

Mental well-being is very important during this time and always, and needs to be actively supported.  To that end, the Township has highlighted mental health and coping resources on our COVID-19 Mental Health page at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/mental-health. Here are some reminders from the CDC:


 

SHARE THE ROAD & USE CAUTION

Montgomery EMS reports that over the past few months there has been an uptick in bike related incidents, with more residents home and out walking and cycling Township roadways. The Police Department  wants to share some laws and safety tips to ensure that every pedestrian, bicyclist, and motorist is safe while on the road. Don’t forget to always bring your mask and remember to social distance at least six feet apart.

Pedestrian Tips:
When crossing the road, please look left, right, and left again and be alert for turning cars. Pedestrians should try to cross the street at marked crosswalks at the corners of roads whenever possible and obey all traffic signals, especially “Walk/Don’t Walk” indications. Vehicles are supposed to yield to pedestrians by law at all intersections, even if there is no marked crosswalk. If crossing in other locations, yield the right of way to vehicles and do not assume cars will stop. Whenever available, walk on a sidewalk, and if walking on a roadway, face traffic so that you can see vehicles approaching on your side of the road. If walking at dusk or after dark, wear reflective clothing so drivers can easily see you. Finally, please stay sober and be alert when walking. Walking impaired, either because of substance or distraction such as a cell phone, can greatly increase your chances of being struck.

Bicycle Safety Tips:
Bicyclists, unlike pedestrians, should ride on the right side of the road with traffic and make sure to obey all traffic signals. Travel no more than two abreast or ride single file if traffic would otherwise be impeded. Try to avoid biking on busier roads whenever possible. Wear comfortable and reflective clothing, especially when riding at dusk or after dark. Bikes must have a light on the front and back visible up to 500 feet while riding at night. Finally, young people under the age of 17 are required to wear an approved helmet when cycling, roller skating, in-line skating or skateboarding.  See this video made by Montgomery kids for Montgomery kids on biking safety reminders!

Drivers:
Motorists in New Jersey are required by law to yield to pedestrians in a marked crosswalk. Failure to observe the law may subject you to 2 points on your driver’s license, a $200 fine plus court expenses, an insurance surcharge, and 15 days of community service. Please be extra alert for pedestrians and bikers when driving at dusk or after dark.

Thank you to all for sharing the road with consideration and caution!


 

MFOS’ Farmers’ Market Opens June 6th

Live and in-person!

A message from the Montgomery Friends of Open Space

 

We’ve moved next door!
New hours and location

WHERE: Village Shopper III,

1378 Route 206, Skillman, near Mooyahs

WHEN: Saturdays, 9 am – 12:00 pm

June 6 – October 31

Seasonal Favorites

You’ll love what our vendors have ready for you on market opening day, June 6. Your favorite vendors will be there and some new ones as well! Our location and how we operate will change, but you’ll still be able to buy the best local, all New Jersey products.

New habits, same great products

Keep yourself and others safe: follow best practices when shopping. MFOS’s market team and our vendors have changed the way we do business to protect you and our important market community.

Pre-ordered, pre-paid ordering is available from some of our farmers. Order now, pick and go on market day!

  • Clifford Family Farms. (@cliffordfamilyfarm17 on Facebook)
  • Von Thun Farms, pre-ordering only. (@Von Thun’s Country Farm Market on Facebook)

(Above list may change as the season progresses.)

Market Safety Guidelines

  • Don’t help yourself. Let the vendor know what you want; it will be packed for you
  • Foot traffic proceeds one way around market tables as marked. No foot traffic between market tables.
  • Six feet between yourself and others at all times.
  • Please wear a mask covering mouth and nose while at the market. Customers are responsible for bringing their own masks. Use hand sanitizer.
  • Come Healthy! or not at all.
  • One person per family. Parking and space are limited.
  • And, please, use good sense and good manners in social distancing

The above information and more may be found at : https://montgomeryfriends.org/farmers-market/  and at: https://montgomeryfriends.org/farmers-market/coivd-19-what-mfos-is-doing/

A warm welcome to all vendors this year!

✔ Christopher Soaps: Handmade, 100% all-natural, vegan soaps with essential oils

✔ Clifford Farm Organics: Certified organic vegetables, flowers, fruit

✔ Fairgrown Farm: Vegetables, lettuces, berries and herbs. Plus locally-raised beef, pork and lamb

✔ Griggstown Farms: Poultry, pot pies, soups, sauces, fruit pies, eggs

✔ The Granola Bar: Organic granola bars and loose granola

✔ Orchard Farm Organics: Certified organic vegetables and flowers, soups and pesto

✔ Von Thun’s Farms: Five generations of Von Thun’s! Vegetables, berries, tree fruits

✔ Zell’s Farm: Heritage vegetables and farm-grown mushrooms

Want to help out or sponsor the Farmers’ Market?

Contact our Farmers’ Market Manager @ FarmMarketManager@montgomeryfriends.org or use the signup form HERE. Please support the market that supports our local farming community!

THANK YOU SPONSORS!

Blue Ribbon Sponsor

Princeton Design Guild

Market Patron

First Constitution Bank of Rocky Hill

Market Basket

Belle Mead Co-op

Harlingen Veterinary Clinic

Griggstown Farms

Lorette Pruden – Business Coach

Princeton Orthopedics Associates

From The Community

Maxine Baicker

Case Count 5-27, EMS: On Duty during COVID-19 & Blood Drive June 6, Please Give

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

As of 9 am today, 5/27:

NJ cases: 156,628
NJ deaths: 11,339
Somerset County cases: 4,505
Somerset County deaths: 408
Montgomery cases:  102
Montgomery deaths: 7
Montgomery presumed recovered: 75 a
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0
Rocky Hill presumed recovered: 6 a

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

6        <20
10        20-29
14        30-39
15        40-49
23        50-59
17        60-69
4        70-79
19        80+

Total 108 cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill

a “Presumed recovered” means 30 days have elapsed since individual’s diagnosis and the person is not hospitalized.

The above numbers represent a snapshot in time, and will change daily or even hourly as new data come in. We are including both laboratory-confirmed cases, and probable cases, meaning cases believed to have COVID-19 based on symptoms and exposure to confirmed cases (identified via contact tracing), but who cannot yet qualify for testing at this time. 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.

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/

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

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/.


Montgomery EMS: ‘On Duty’ during COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Montgomery EMS has been maintaining normal operations while taking extra precautions to keep its members and the residents of Montgomery Township safe.  Obtaining supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) has been a challenge for first responders and health care professionals across the country. Regarding PPE, we have been fortunate through donations from the community and assistance from Montgomery Township and Somerset County to adequately protect ourselves and have remained healthy as a squad.  Our biggest PPE constraint is isolation gowns, specifically Tyvek and other brands of coveralls, and we continue to look for additional N95 masks and other supplies.

Regarding operations, the squad has undergone significant operational changes amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  We have prioritized the use of our newest ambulance, BLS-2.  It is the only ambulance in our fleet with a negative pressure generating UV filtering air system in the back which provides a safer environment for our crews and patients.  To minimize exposure risks, we’ve reduced our crew sizes as well.  We’ve also equipped our rigs with misters filled with alcohol for decontamination before and after all calls.  Per DOH and CDC guidelines, we are also treating every call as a potential COVID-19 call as we have had patients turn out to be asymptomatic but test positive.  For this reason, residents will see MEMS wearing N95 masks, goggles, and isolation gowns on all calls.  It also means we have been limiting the number of EMTs that make patient contact to reduce exposure.

The squad’s first call where the patient reported COVID-19-like symptoms and COVID-19 precautions were needed was on March 11.  From March 11 through May 25, the squad has been dispatched and responded to 242 emergency calls thus averaging between 3 and 4 calls a day which is comparable to the same time frame last year. Interestingly, but not surprisingly, car accident-related incidents are significantly less this year and can probably be attributed to reduced vehicle operations.  However, with less people traveling, we have seen an uptick in bicycle-related emergencies as people take to the road in different means.  We also saw a higher than usual complaint volume of difficulty breathing emergencies, likely attributed to being a primary symptom of COVID-19.

We are fortunate that we have been able to stay afloat during these difficult times due to the commitment and dedication of our members, as we have remained 100% volunteer 24 hours/day, 365 days/year.  We’ve had our share of COVID-19 calls, but as an organization we are holding strong!

One way the public can help is to participate in our upcoming blood drive on June 6 at the Princeton Elks Lodge on Rt. 518.  Blood shortages are occurring in our area as a result of covid-19. We want to assure everyone that every precaution is being taken and strict social distancing measures will be taken.  Blood donations are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY with no walk-ins.  Thank you for considering giving. See below.


MEMS BLOOD DRIVE JUNE 6 with Social Distancing

Saturday, June 6th from 9 am to 2 pm at Princeton Elks Lodge, 354 Rt. 518, Skillman, NJ 08558. By appointment only (see below.)

Social distancing guidelines and hygienic practices will be followed. All the paperwork will be done online. The donor’s temperature will be checked and will need to be lower than 99.5.

Hosted by Montgomery EMS – Squad 47 Rescue and Princeton NJ Elks Lodge #2129

Give Blood – Save Lives, please make an appointment @ https://donor.cbsblood.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/50755

Case Count 5-26, Day of Action Tomorrow, Status of Bridge Projects, MontgomeryTogether Encourages Community

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

As of 9 am today, 5/26:

NJ cases: 155,764
NJ deaths: 11,191
Somerset County cases: 4,489
Somerset County deaths: 399
Montgomery cases:  102
Montgomery deaths: 7
Montgomery presumed recovered: 75 a
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0
Rocky Hill presumed recovered: 6 a

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

6      <20
10      20-29
14      30-39
15      40-49
23      50-59
17      60-69
 4      70-79
19      80+

Total 108 cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill

a “Presumed recovered” means 30 days have elapsed since individual’s diagnosis and the person is not hospitalized.

The above numbers represent a snapshot in time, and will change daily or even hourly as new data come in. We are including both laboratory-confirmed cases, and probable cases, meaning cases believed to have COVID-19 based on symptoms and exposure to confirmed cases (identified via contact tracing), but who cannot yet qualify for testing at this time. 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.

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/

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

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/


CENSUS DAY OF ACTION: CALL THOSE WHO COUNT ON YOU!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 27 is a Day of Action for the census in New Jersey. Please remember to ‘Call Those Who Count On You’ to see how they’re doing and to ask them to fill out their all-important census. This will really help Montgomery and other New Jersey communities over the next 10 years. Accurate census data will be very instrumental in helping to build a better future and stronger communities for us all.  The federal funds we get are informed by census data and will go a long way to helping with our COVID-19 recovery.

Here’s how the call program works – You call at least five friends, neighbors or family members to check and see how they are doing. Then also ask if they’ve had a chance to fill out their census. If they haven’t, below is a link that provided info so that you can tell them why it’s so important / answer typical questions. Then ask those who said yes to call five of their friends and family members – and so on, and so on. See script and facts about the census at: https://nj.gov/state/census-outreach.shtml  You can report back your results there too (optional).

As a friend, neighbor, or relative you are a trusted voice and there is no one more effective than YOU to ask those you know to fill out the census. Thank you!

P.S.  Western Montgomery has a lower census response rate in town at 71%, while northern Belle Mead is highest at 83% (May 25), but both continue to increase significantly in the last few weeks and are better than many surrounding areas. Congratulations to those who are responding and telling friends – you are improving our count and making a difference for the future!


Rt. 206 Bridge Work Completed; Rt. 601 Bridge Work Continues

The NJ Department of Transportation completed the much anticipated final paving and striping for the new bridge over the Cruser Brook on Rt. 206 in Belle Mead last Thursday night.  Equipment may still be seen as the site is demobilized, but this project is now essentially completed!

The Somerset County Engineering Division reports that work continues on the bridge on Rt. 601 near Grandview Road. There have been delays due to the pandemic, but they should have a more current road reopening date available  soon.  For this information, go to the County website at:

Somerset County Website – Direct Source for Latest Updates:

https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/public-works/engineering/road-projects-construction-announcements/belle-mead-blawenburg-road-cr-601-bridge-d0303.


MontgomeryTogether Encourages Community

MontgomeryTogether is a growing online portal about us, the Montgomery community!

If you haven’t yet heard about the new MontgomeryTogether.us website, launched May 1, here is its mission statement:

Montgomery Together is a collaborative effort between the Township and Board of Education to serve as a Virtual Town Square for Montgomery. By offering virtual alternatives to physical gathering spaces, Montgomery Together seeks to maintain community cohesion while alleviating feelings of social isolation. The website also serves as an online information hub for individuals and families facing challenges related to food security, mental & physical healthcare, and joblessness during the coronavirus pandemic.

Just take a look at all the great helping projects  under Community Initiatives, especially those by students!  Shout-outs to 7th grader Krish Vatsa, for his Porch portraits for Frontline workers; MHS’s Claire Fitzgerald for helping HomeFront; 8th grader Moksh Desai, for Starve Corona, Feed America; and 8th grader Saanvi Agarawal, for Paying it Forward by tutoring younger students online.

MontgomeryTogether suggests home-based activities for kids under Kids Corner and even includes a virtual events calendar .  Check it out! Do you have something you would like to share about?  Email MontgomeryTogether@twp.montgomery.nj.us.

NJEDA Small Biz Grants – Phase 2 Announced Today

 

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced a $50 million expansion of its Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program, which provides funding to small businesses facing financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The expanded program will provide grants up to $10,000 to qualified businesses and relaxes eligibility criteria to include a broader variety of businesses as well as home-based businesses and sole proprietorships. To ensure equity, $15 million will be reserved for businesses in Opportunity Zone-eligible census tracts.

Funding for the expansion of the Grant Program will come from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund established under the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“COVID-19 has created an unprecedented crisis for New Jersey’s small businesses. From the start, the NJEDA has worked tirelessly to support business owners and their employees, but it quickly became clear that the scope of the challenges this virus presents went far beyond what we could address with our resources alone,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “This much-needed federal assistance will allow us to support thousands of additional businesses that were not eligible for the first round of grants with a particular focus on firms in the most at-risk communities.”

The outbreak of novel coronavirus has created a major public health crisis in New Jersey. To slow the spread of the virus, Governor Phil Murphy implemented a variety of containment measures, including restrictions on public gatherings and mandated closure of non-essential businesses. To mitigate the economic impacts of these public health policies, the NJEDA created the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program. In addition to the $5 million the NJEDA dedicated to this program, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) donated $2 million to support businesses in Atlantic County. More than 34,000 businesses applied for funding through the program. As of May 22, 2020, the NJEDA has provided more than $5.5 million in grants to more than 1,600 businesses across all 21 counties.

During Phase 2 of the Grant Program, $5 million will be used to fund businesses that were waitlisted during Phase 1, and $45 million in CARES Act funding will be used to provide grants up to $10,000 to a significantly broader range of businesses than were previously eligible. Those applicants on the oversubscribed list for Phase 1 will be encouraged to apply for the expanded second round program.

“From the very beginning of the pandemic, we have focused on providing small business owners with the financial resources they need to weather the COVID-19 outbreak,” said U.S. Senator Robert Menendez. “Working with the NJEDA to use CARES Act funding to expand the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program will make it possible for a much broader range of small businesses to access the support they need to overcome this unprecedented challenge and prepare for a strong recovery.”

Eligibility changes for Phase 2 increase the employee cap for businesses from 10 full-time employees (FTEs) to 25 FTEs and remove the NAICS code restrictions that were in place for Phase 1 to allow almost all businesses as well as 501(c)(3), 501 (c)(4), and 501(c)(7) nonprofit organizations to qualify for funding. Phase 2 also makes grants available to home-based businesses and sole proprietorships, which were ineligible during Phase 1. To ensure funding goes to businesses and communities that need it most, $15 million of Phase 2 funding will be set aside to support qualified businesses located in one of the 715 census tracts that were eligible to be selected as a New Jersey Opportunity Zone.

“It is becoming increasingly clear that while the coronavirus pandemic is creating tremendous challenges for everyone, it is having a particularly tragic impact on our most at-risk communities. The NJEDA’s Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program has been a vital resource for business owners going through extreme hardship, and I am glad to see the Authority making equity a centerpiece of the program’s second phase,” said Senator Cory Booker. “Setting aside resources for businesses in high-poverty communities will help ensure support goes to those who need it while protecting the most vulnerable New Jerseyans and setting us up for a faster and fairer recovery.”

As part of the application, the business’s Chief Executive Officer or equivalent officer must certify that the company was in operation on February 15, 2020, has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, and will make a best effort not to furlough or lay off any employees. To comply with duplication of benefits provisions within the Stafford Act, all applicants will also be required to fill out an affidavit identifying all funding previously received related to COVID-19, including Small Business Administration loans and grants, forgivable portions of Payroll Protection loans, and Economic Injury Disaster grants.

“Businesses everywhere are seeking assistance to get back on their feet, but nowhere is the challenge greater than in communities of color. The structure of the NJEDA’s approach to this new wave of grants will lead to greater equity and a more consistent recovery across all parts of the state,” said African American Chamber of Commerce President and CEO John Harmon.

“The expanded eligibility criteria built into this second round of support from the NJEDA will help to address the disproportionate impact the coronavirus outbreak is having on diverse and small businesses,” said Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Carlos Medina. “We look forward to partnering with the NJEDA to ensure all business owners are aware of available resources and have the support they need to secure much needed capital.”

Applications for Phase 2 of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program will be available soon. NJEDA staff will process the applications on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be no application fee. More information about New Jersey’s COVID-19 response is available at https://cv.business.nj.gov.

About the New Jersey Economic Development Authority
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses call NJEDA Customer Care at 609-858-6767 or visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitterand LinkedIn.

 

Case Count 5-22, Exec. Order Increases Outdoor Group Limits, Rec Summer Camps Canceled, Memorial Day Service Monday

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

As of 9 am today, 5/22:

NJ cases: 152,472
NJ deaths: 10,843
Somerset County cases: 4,390
Somerset County deaths: 387
Montgomery cases:  102
Montgomery deaths: 7
Montgomery presumed recovered: 75 a
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0
Rocky Hill presumed recovered: 6 a

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

6      <20
10      20-29
14      30-39
15      40-49
23      50-59
17      60-69
 4      70-79
19      80+

Total 108 cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill

a “Presumed recovered” means 30 days have elapsed since individual’s diagnosis and the person is not hospitalized.

The above numbers represent a snapshot in time, and will change daily or even hourly as new data come in. We are including both laboratory-confirmed cases, and probable cases, meaning cases believed to have COVID-19 based on symptoms and exposure to confirmed cases (identified via contact tracing), but who cannot yet qualify for testing at this time. 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.

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/

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

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/.


Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Increasing Capacity Limit on Outdoor Gatherings

Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 148, increasing the limit on outdoor gatherings from 10 to 25 people and allowing recreational campgrounds to reopen with social distancing measures in place. The limit on indoor gatherings remains at 10 people. The Order takes effect immediately.

“Our steady progress on the road back has been made possible through the hard work and personal responsibility of New Jerseyans to safeguard public health,” said Governor Murphy. “I’m proud that we can confidently take this step today and provide further optimism for the unofficial start of summer.”

Outdoor Gatherings: The Governor’s Executive Order allows outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people so long as the following rules are complied with:

• The gathering must take place entirely outdoors except for restroom use;
• Limit capacity to no more than 25 people at all times;
• Require attendees to be six feet apart at all times, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners;
• Prohibit contact between attendees, and no organized or contact sports;
• If the event is an organized gathering, the organizer should demarcate six feet of spacing in the area of the gathering to demonstrate appropriate spacing for social distancing;
• Limit provided seating to single individuals, spaced six feet apart, and sanitized after each use;
• Prohibit sharing of any physical items provided and require sanitization before and after each use; and
• Require contactless pay options wherever feasible.
Nothing in the Order shall prevent professional athletes from fulfilling their job duties, consistent with paragraph 10 of Executive Order No. 107 (2020).

Charter Boats and Recreational Businesses: The Order rescinds the 10-person capacity limit on charter boats and recreational businesses opened under Executive Order No. 147, including archery ranges, batting cages, golf driving ranges, horseback riding, tennis clubs, and shooting ranges, and imposes a new 25-person capacity limitation with a requirement that individuals can remain six feet apart at all times.


In-person Recreation Camps and Programs Canceled This Summer


Over the last several weeks, Montgomery officials have carefully considered whether our traditional summer recreation programs, such as Rec ‘N Crew, can proceed in light of the COVID-19 health emergency.  One key input was a survey sent to families who participated last year.  Only 10% of participating families indicated they planned to send their children to recreation programs this year.  Given the concerns of parents for child social distancing in the 2020 programs, as well as the judgment of our own health and public safety professionals, Montgomery Township will not be running in-person camps and programs for Summer 2020. The Recreation Department is in the process of developing alternative virtual program options for residents. Look for updates on the Recreation website and Facebook page.

For parents in need of child care, below is a list of open day care facilities within approximately ten miles of Montgomery:

https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/ChildCareCenters-HyperLocal.pdf

Here also is a list of Day Care facilities in Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer and Somerset Counties:

https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/ChildCareCenters-MultiCounty.pdf


REMINDER: MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY PREMIERES MAY 25

The Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee has created a Memorial Day Ceremony video which will premiere on May 25.  The video will include a narration of our ceremony using images, video messages from Mayor Sadaf Jaffer, Rev. Chris Heitkamp, the playing of TAPS, and a montage from the students of Montgomery Lower Middle School.

The Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee invites you attend this premiere at 9:00 am on Memorial Day when our ceremony would normally take place at the Veterans Committee website at montgomeryveteransmemorial.org or the Township Facebook page at  facebook.com/InMontgomeryNJ/ or on MontgomeryTogether.us

You may also view the presentation any time afterwards in observance of Memorial Day.

 

STOP, MASK REQUIRED – SIGNS AVAILABLE FOR BUSINESSES

The Montgomery Township Health Dept. has created window/door  STOP, FACE COVERING REQUIRED signs which can be downloaded and  printed and used by any business, as appropriate. This initiative is being spearheaded by the Business Task Force, led by Township Committee Member Devra Keenan, in cooperation with the Montgomery Business Association. If you are a business in need of signs, download and  print below.

Must Wear Mask to Enter

DOWNLOAD:

https://health.montgomery.nj.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Must-Wear-Mask-to-Enter-R.pdf

COVID-19 Case Count 5-21, NJ Business Week, Mental Health Support & Resources

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

 

As of 9 am today, 5/21:

NJ cases: 151,472
NJ deaths: 10,843
Somerset County cases: 4,390
Somerset County deaths: 387
Montgomery cases:  101
Montgomery deaths: 7
Montgomery presumed recovered: 75 a
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0
Rocky Hill presumed recovered: 6 a

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

5      <20
10      20-29
14      30-39
15      40-49
23      50-59
17      60-69
4      70-79
19      80+

Total 107 cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill

a “Presumed recovered” means 30 days have elapsed since individual’s diagnosis and the person is not hospitalized.

The above numbers represent a snapshot in time, and will change daily or even hourly as new data come in. We are including both laboratory-confirmed cases, and probable cases, meaning cases believed to have COVID-19 based on symptoms and exposure to confirmed cases (identified via contact tracing), but who cannot yet qualify for testing at this time. 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.

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/

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

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/.


It’s “Local & State Business Community Week” in New Jersey

Businesses make location and investment decisions based upon the Census count, which is as accurate as the responses received. Census responses could lead to more jobs and new business and that’s a great thing – especially as we recover from COVID-19. Ten questions, 10 minutes, an impact for 10 years! Fill it out or remind a friend:

https://2020Census.gov

 

Montgomery Health Dept. and GIS have created a Local Restaurant Map, also now linked at top of the Montgomery Business Directory and Health’s Restaurant webpage.  Please confirm hours with the individual restaurant, as they may be changing. Please observe all social distancing directions during order and pickup.


 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Abby Grayson, a mental health professional located in Montgomery, wrote the following article to support our local community during the pandemic and beyond:

May is mental health awareness month, and it might be more important this year than ever before.

Human beings are meant to be connected. The physical presence of others is something that is not just “nice to have,” but is essential to our wellbeing. So, social isolation, coupled with the stressor of many potential anxieties (including fear of getting sick or losing a loved one, fear of losing a job or other kinds of economic instability, stress about your children’s education while you work from home, sadness about missing important milestone life events, and much more) have the ability to take a real toll.

Many have experienced various ups and downs during this time. There are some positives to being at home, and a lot of people have seized the opportunity to spend more time outdoors, eat meals with their families, or otherwise enjoy a different pace of life. At the same time, a perfectly normal response to this crisis is to feel blue from time to time, to experience stress or feel overwhelmed, to grieve the loss of the friends and relatives you cannot see or hold, and to be anxious about the many things that might feel out of your control at the moment. If you are an essential worker, a caretaker for an elderly or sick loved one, or have health problems yourself, your anxiety may be even more heightened.

There are various ways to cope with these feelings, including adding in additional time for self-care; finding an at-home hobby you enjoy; taking a break from reading news or engaging in social media and limiting screen time apart from work; meditating or adding in exercise of some kind; reading about how others are coping; and other measures that help reduce stress.

But when those typical feelings escalate and become more distressing, it is your mind and body signaling you to pay more attention to yourself. And it’s also possible that should you begin to feel regularly depressed, sleepless, or disengaged, or have anxiety or other symptoms that interfere with your daily functioning, you might need additional support.

When members of our community are looking for help, they often don’t know where to turn or how to find the support they need — and that has never been more true than right now. Many are asking: is support available during this time? How do I talk to someone? Isn’t everything closed?

Luckily, many mental health organizations and practitioners have moved their practices to telehealth (and some remain open with appropriate cleaning and social distancing measures in place). This means that support is readily available.

And, it’s important to add that for those of you who may have already been regularly accessing mental health services, whether counseling, medication management, addiction recovery services, or any combination of those — now is not the time to put that on the back burner! Try to prioritize your commitment to your mental health. If you’re having trouble paying for services, talk with your clinician, who may be able to work with you or provide appropriate referrals. This great resource from NAMI has many helpful suggestions for those diagnosed with mental illness.

These are uncharted times for many of us, and it’s important to remember that asking for help is a sign of strength! With that in mind …

How Do I Find Someone to Talk To? Here are some suggestions on how to find a mental health professional:

  • Check with your insurance; they often have a list of covered providers. And, in light of the COVID19 crisis, New Jersey has significantly relaxed its telehealth rules, meaning that most insurances are fully covering mental health sessions provided by video or phone.
  • Ask friends and family. Don’t be shy! Many people who have had a good experience with a mental health professional will be glad to talk about it and to share their practitioner’s information.
  • Ask your primary care physician. They often have a list of area providers.
  • Check online. There are many great online referral sources, where you can read all about practitioners and choose someone who may seem like a good fit for your needs. Two good places to begin are com and goodtherapy.org. If you’re in need of a clinician who works on a sliding scale due to financial limitations or lack of insurance, check out OpenPath Collective.
  • Online platforms like TalkSpace and BetterHelp are services that provide online counseling via text messaging with licensed therapists.

In addition, a great deal of help is available for free by phone. For instance, New Jerseyans feeling the emotional and mental toll of COVID-19 can get support from a special helpline: (866) 202-HELP (4357) provides free, confidential support. The helpline is answered by trained specialists from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. New Jersey Human Services’ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services provides support to the Mental Health Association of New Jersey to operate the line.

Here is a list of the many other ways to access help by phone and online:

PHONE SUPPORT & ONLINE SUPPORT & MEETINGS LIST

One last point: it can be difficult to be with loved ones constantly. If you’re frustrated with your family right now, know that it is perfectly natural! Seek support from friends, family outside the home, on social media, and by doing activities alone if possible for a break and some mental “space.”

If, however, you’re worried about your safety or concerned you may be experiencing domestic violence, please reach out to Safe + Sound or Womanspace for crisis or support services. In addition, if you experience an immediate, life-threatening mental health emergency or are in contact with someone experiencing such an emergency, please dial 911. Our police are ready and able to conduct wellness checks, assess well-being, and direct residents to emergency care as needed.

Most importantly, take care of yourself as best you can during these difficult times. Whatever social/distancing and “staying safe by staying at home” (if you can) look like for you, there is no doubt that the challenges are many. Be gentle with yourself, remember that people are resilient, and know that your Montgomery community, Montgomery leadership, and area mental healthcare professionals are all here to support you.

Author: Abby Grayson, MA, LPC, NCC

Case Count 5-20 & Mayor’s Interview with Dr. Jeremy Grayson

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

As of 9 am today, 5/20:

NJ cases: 150,399
NJ deaths: 10,747
Somerset County cases: 4,349
Somerset County deaths: 384
Montgomery cases:  100
Montgomery deaths: 7
Montgomery presumed recovered: 76 a
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0
Rocky Hill presumed recovered: 5 a

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

5      <20
10      20-29
14      30-39
15      40-49
22      50-59
17      60-69
4      70-79
19      80+

Total 106 cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill

a “Presumed recovered” means 30 days have elapsed since individual’s diagnosis and the person is not hospitalized.

The above numbers represent a snapshot in time, and will change daily or even hourly as new data come in. We are including both laboratory-confirmed cases, and probable cases, meaning cases believed to have COVID-19 based on symptoms and exposure to confirmed cases (identified via contact tracing), but who cannot yet qualify for testing at this time. 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.

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/

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

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/.



MAYOR JAFFER’S INTERVIEW WITH DR. JEREMY GRAYSON

In this video, Mayor Sadaf Jaffer speaks with Montgomery Township Board of Health President Jeremy Grayson, MD, an academic anesthesiologist working directly with COVID-19 patients at a large, local, tertiary care hospital.

Among the mayor’s questions are: Why has the number of cases stayed relatively low in Montgomery (100 as of today)? Dr. Grayson explains how important compliance with protective measures has been, and that Montgomery’s suburban setting may also be a factor.  However, he is concerned that residents will interpret low prevalence as a sign that there is little COVID-19 risk here, become impatient, and assume too much risk too soon.  Dr. Grayson points out that Montgomery is not an island; it is located in the second hardest hit state in the U.S., at the crossroads of two large cities, New York and Philadelphia, in the heart of the northeast corridor. Many Montgomery residents continue to commute to those, and other more densely populated metropolitan and urban areas.

Mayor Jaffer and Dr. Grayson stress patience, caution, and a slow, conservative approach toward reopening, and resumption of pre-pandemic behaviors.  The interview ends on a hopeful note of a return to normalcy sometime in the mid-term future, which can occur with more widespread and better testing, expanded hospital infrastructure, a potential vaccine and more effective treatments, and robust contact tracing. In the meantime, both the mayor and board president urge the public to listen to local health officials as the best source of accurate information.  Watch the video to learn what to do and not to do to stay safe.

Case Count 5-19, Public Tennis Court Rules, Online Memorial Day Video Premiere 5-25, Community Forum Available on Demand

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

 

As of 9 am today, 5/19:

NJ cases: 49,013

NJ deaths: 10,586

Somerset County cases: 4,312

Somerset County deaths: 382

Montgomery cases:  100

Montgomery deaths: 7

Montgomery presumed recovered: 60 a

Rocky Hill cases: 6

Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Rocky Hill presumed recovered: 5 a

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

5      <20

10      20-29

14      30-39

15      40-49

22      50-59

17      60-69

4      70-79

19      80+

Total 106 cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill

a “Presumed recovered” means 30 days have elapsed since individual’s diagnosis and the person is not hospitalized.

The above numbers represent a snapshot in time, and will change daily or even hourly as new data come in. We are including both laboratory-confirmed cases, and probable cases, meaning cases believed to have COVID-19 based on symptoms and exposure to confirmed cases (identified via contact tracing), but who cannot yet qualify for testing at this time. 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.

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/

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

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/.


Outdoor Tennis Courts Reopen Friday: Rules on Use

In light of Governor Murphy’s executive order #147, effective Friday May 22, public tennis courts within Montgomery Township municipal parks will be open for use with the following restrictions:

  • Courts may be used for singles play only, no doubles
  • Courts may only be used for tennis, no pickleball
  • All previously outlined social distancing guidelines must be followed
  • There shall be no congregation in or around the courts while waiting for a court to become available

Prohibitions on the use of basketball courts, playgrounds, sports fields, or any contact sports within Montgomery public parks remain in effect at this time. This continues as a social distancing measure to protect public health and safety.

Executive Order #147 allows outdoor tennis clubs and community gardens to reopen and “some additional outdoor recreational areas and businesses to restart their operations,” including batting cages, golf ranges, shooting and archery ranges and horseback riding. Golfers may also now tee-off in foursomes.

The order takes effect this Friday, May 22 at 6 a.m. Please follow these embedded links to see all gubernatorial EXECUTIVE ORDERS and all ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS from the State Office of Emergency Management.


Memorial Day Ceremony to Premiere Online May 25

The Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee has created a Memorial Day Ceremony video which will premiere on May 25.  The video will include a narration of our ceremony using images, video messages from Mayor Sadaf Jaffer, Rev. Chris Heitkamp, the playing of TAPS, and a montage from the students of Montgomery Lower Middle School.

The Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee invites you attend this premiere at 9:00 am on Memorial Day when our ceremony would normally take place at the Veterans Committee website.  It will premiere simultaneously on our Veterans Memorial website: montgomeryveteransmemorial.org , on the Township Facebook page at  facebook.com/InMontgomeryNJ/  and on MontgomeryTogether.us

You may also view the presentation any time afterwards in observance of Memorial Day.


COVID-19 Community Forum Available to Watch on Demand

Montgomery Township municipal and school leaders hosted a well-received forum on the COVID-19 emergency last night, viewable on Comcast Cable Channel 29 and via live stream.  It is not too late to watch for those who missed it live.

A panel of Montgomery and school officials fielded questions from civic representatives, news media, and the public related to how Montgomery Township is faring during the pandemic and current changes and trends.

Watch Replay on the Twp. Video webpage at: https://montgomerynj.swagit.com/play/05192020-1936

 

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