COVID-19 Case Count 5-18, Community Forum Tonight, Memorial Day Observance 5/25, All Tennis Courts to Reopen Fri.

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

As of 9 am today, 5/18:

NJ cases: 148,039

NJ deaths:  10,435

Somerset County cases: 4,278

Somerset County deaths: 375

Montgomery cases:  100

Montgomery deaths: 5

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/.


 

Tonight Live: Montgomery Twp. Leaders to Host a COVID-19 Community Forum

Montgomery Township municipal and school leaders will hold a forum on the COVID-19 emergency on Monday, May 18 at 7 pm on Comcast Cable Channel 29 and via live stream.

Civic representatives, news media, and the public will ask questions of a panel of local officials for discussion during the forum. Questions will relate to how Montgomery Township is faring the pandemic and how new orders from the State may be changing the landscape for businesses and residents.

The panel will include: Mayor Sadaf Jaffer; Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner; Township Administrator Donato Nieman; Assistant Township Administrator/CFO Michael Pitts; Police Director James Gill; Health Officer Stephanie Carey; Board of Health Chairman Jeremy Grayson; Township Attorney Kevin Van Hise; Superintendent of Schools Mary McLoughlin; and Board of Education President Joanne Tonkin.

Watch Live on Comcast Cable Channel 29 or the Twp. Video webpage at: https://montgomerynj.swagit.com/live

Viewers may email questions to MontgomeryTogether@twp.montgomery.nj.us or call 646.558.8656 and use Meeting ID: 899 2555 2470 to ask a question during the live event.

 


Memorial Day Ceremony Premieres Online May 25

The Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee is pre-recording a Memorial Day Ceremony video which will be posted online.  The video will include a narration of our ceremony using images, video messages from the Mayor and Chaplain, the play of TAPS and a montage from the students of Montgomery Lower Middle School.

The Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee invites you attend their Virtual Memorial Day Ceremony beginning on Monday, May 25th by visiting the Veterans Committee website at https://montgomeryveteransmemorial.org or the Township Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/InMontgomeryNJ/.

Viewers are encouraged to view the Virtual Ceremony at 9:00 am on Memorial Day when our ceremony would normally take place, but can view the presentation any time afterwards, in observance of Memorial Day.



Private & Public Tennis Courts in Montgomery to Reopen Friday in Keeping with Anticipated Order from Governor

Residents should soon have more outdoor recreation options with tennis clubs, ranges and community gardens allowed to reopen in the latest incremental announcement Monday from Governor Phil Murphy to loosen restrictions he ordered during the coronavirus pandemic.

Murphy is signing an executive order that allows “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. Private tennis clubs and community gardens can also reopen.

The order takes effect this Friday, May 22 at 6 a.m. Tennis courts, whether public or private, located in Montgomery Township will reopen at that time, in keeping with the anticipated order.

Please follow these embedded links to see all gubernatorial EXECUTIVE ORDERS and all ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS from the State Office of Emergency Management.

 

Executive Order #145 – Elective Surgeries May Be Performed May 26

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced Friday, May 15 that beginning on May 26, hospitals in the state will be able to perform elective surgeries and other invasive procedures.

State officials will be providing hospitals with guidance about procedures.

“This is a big step forward for public health,” Murphy said, adding that the data on declines in COVID-19 hospitalizations informed his decision to sign the executive order allowing for elective surgeries.

“This is good for our healthcare systems, and it allows them to begin to serve the many health needs of residents, and resume other critical roles to ensure the health of communities they serve,” Murphy said.

New Jersey Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said the return of elective medical procedures at hospitals will be phased in, beginning with urgent procedures. “Safety is paramount,” she said.

Hospitals will be required to develop plans to test patients 72 hours prior to surgery. Patients will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms on the day of their surgeries. They will be required to be quarantined three days before surgery. Persichilli said patients who test positive for COVID-19 prior to scheduled surgeries and patients who have symptoms of COVID-19 shouldn’t have an elective procedure that is not an emergency.

Hospitals will be required to follow various protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, including cleaning and disinfecting regularly, creating physical barriers between people, and masking for patients and staff.

Please follow these embedded links to see all gubernatorial EXECUTIVE ORDERS and all ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS from the State Office of Emergency Management.

READ EXECUTIVE ORDER #145 – ELECTIVE SURGERY

 

As a doctor or dentist, can I perform elective surgeries?

See also: https://faq.business.nj.gov/en/articles/3823223-as-a-doctor-or-dentist-can-i-perform-elective-surgeries

Case Count 5-15, Community Forum Monday, Grab n’ Go Continues

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

As of 9 am today, 5/15:

NJ cases: 143,905
NJ deaths:  10,138
Somerset County cases: 4,181
Somerset County deaths: 359
Montgomery cases:  99
Montgomery deaths: 5
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
18      80+

Total 105 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. Leaders to Host a COVID-19 Community Forum Online

Montgomery Township municipal and school leaders will hold a forum on the COVID-19 emergency on Monday, May 18 at 7 pm on Comcast Cable Channel 29 and via live stream.

Civic representatives and news media will ask questions of a panel of local officials for discussion during the forum. Questions will relate to how Montgomery Township is faring the pandemic and how new orders from the State may be changing the landscape for businesses and residents.

The panel will include: Mayor Sadaf Jaffer; Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner; Township Administrator Donato Nieman; Assistant Township Administrator/CFO Michael Pitts; Police Director James Gill; Health Officer Stephanie Carey; Board of Health Chairman Jeremy Grayson; Township Attorney Kevin Van Hise; Superintendent of Schools Mary McLoughlin; and Board of Education President Joanne Tonkin.

Watch Live on Comcast Cable Channel 29 or the Twp. Video webpage at: https://montgomerynj.swagit.com/live

Viewers may email questions to MontgomeryTogether@twp.montgomery.nj.us or call 646.558.8656 and use Meeting ID: 899 2555 2470 to ask a question during the live event.


 

Grab n’ Go Lunch for Front line Workers Continues, Thank you to Partners

The Rotary Club of Montgomery/Rocky Hill and the Montgomery Business Association have teamed up to feed our front line hospital and emergency workers and support small, local food establishments.

Each donation of $10 buys one bag lunch, provided by a local business, and delivered to a local hospital. To date, Rotary and MBA have raised almost $14,500!

They are also looking for volunteers to deliver for the Grab & Go lunch program!

Please consider assisting these efforts to support Montgomery’s front line workers! For more information, please email Cory Wingerter or donate here. Click on below image to View Thank You Video or go to: https://youtu.be/XZLf0tVlx-0

 

 

Case Count 5-14; Governor’s Order Lifts Some Restrictions; Girl Scout Shows Caring for Seniors; Forum Monday

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

As of 9 am today, 5/14:

NJ cases: 142,704

NJ deaths:  9,946

Somerset County cases: 4,159

Somerset County deaths: 348

Montgomery cases:  99

Montgomery deaths: 5

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

18      80+

Total 105 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’S EXECUTIVE ORDER ALLOWS MORE CONSTRUCTION, BUSINESS OPERATIONS, AND DRIVE-THRU EVENTS


Governor Phil Murphy yesterday signed Executive Order No. 142, permitting the resumption of non-essential construction, curbside pickup at non-essential retail businesses, and car gatherings for the purpose of drive-through and drive-in events. The construction and non-essential retail provisions will take effect at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18, while the car gatherings provision will take effect immediately.

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GIRL SCOUT SHOWS CARING FOR SENIORS BY MASK PROJECT

Gianna Schembari’s Silver Award Girl Scout project started out as an idea to get more community members to volunteer at nursing homes. She was thinking about her own grandmother. But when the COVID-19 pandemic reached our area, continuing her project became a major challenge. Gianna could not meet with younger Girl Scouts troops or any other community members to get them involved in volunteering. She could not even visit the nursing home residents. What could she do?

The Director of Activities at Stonebridge at Montgomery Senior Living, Angie Santos, had an idea. She asked if Gianna could organize a mask sewing project for the residents at Stonebridge, at a time when mask shortages were severe and disposable masks were all needed for medical staff and first responders.

Gianna’s Silver project became a community-wide mask-making effort, culminating in two April deliveries to Stonebridge, which totaled 318 masks.  Reusable, washable, durable masks were provided to every resident in 308 units (~196 Independent Living and 112 healthcare residents) with 10 extra masks to boot!

According to Angie Santos, “Gianna went above and beyond by reaching out to the community and providing us with over 300 masks for our residents. It was such a beautiful thing for her to do.” The residents were also touched by this kind gesture.  “For many of our residents it brought back memories of when their own children were involved in Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts and it engaged them on a personal level with a trip down memory lane,” she added. The residents reached out to Gianna with Thank You cards and notes to express their gratitude.

Montgomery Girl Scout Cadette Gianna Schembari making a mask delivery at Stonebridge at Montgomery.

Besides making masks herself, Gianna, an 8th grade Cadette in Montgomery Girl Scout Troop 61027, educated others about how to sew masks. She created a detailed, step-by-step sewing instructional video (https://youtu.be/f78BrJJg2_c) and provided mask templates to anyone interested. She and her mother Stacy put out the call to help Stonebridge residents on several local Facebook groups and set up a drop box at their home. She received home-made mask donations from many individuals and groups in town (including the Heathermede neighborhood, highlighted in the May 6th Twp. Ebulletin). A family saw her posts and also donated 200 N95 masks directly to Stonebridge for its staff.

Angie Santos, Director of Activities at Stonebridge, expressed great appreciation for Girl Scout Gianna, who provided 318 durable masks for Stonebridge residents.

Stonebridge has also been working with Somerset County OEM for some time to assist in provision of personal protective equipment or PPE, including disposable N95 and surgical masks and gloves, for at-risk individuals and medical staff. PPE materials have also been allocated to Stonebridge through Montgomery Twp. OEM.

“This project to provide durable masks to Stonebridge residents saves disposable mask resources for at-risk individuals and medical staff. Gianna’s efforts have been tremendously helpful,” said Montgomery Twp. OEM Officer Sean Devlin.

Gianna made two deliveries in April of a total of 318 sewn masks to the Stonebridge doorstep for Ms. Santos to pick up, carefully observing social distancing measures. (See photos.)

When asked about her work, Gianna said, “I have been volunteering at nursing homes since I was a Brownie in second grade, under the Hearts of Service program.  When my 90-year of Nonna first went to a nursing home a couple of years back, I got more involved with volunteering because I realized how happy visitors make the residents.  When the Director of Activities at Stonebridge reached out to me, I didn’t even have to think twice.  Without the support and help of our community and our Girl Scout organization, I truly would not have been able to complete this task.”

If you are looking for ways to help in the community or looking for volunteer help, go to MontgomeryTogether.us and click on How to Help. If you are in need of assistance, click on Finding Help .


 

COVID-19 COMMUNITY FORUM
Monday, May 18 @ 7 PM

Join us live on Monday May 18th from 7-8 pm when Montgomery municipal leaders will address questions on the state of affairs in town during the COVID-19 emergency with the latest information and answers.

Civic representatives and news media will ask questions of a panel of local officials for discussion during the forum. The panel will include Mayor Sadaf Jaffer, Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner, Twp. Admin. Donato Nieman, Asst. Twp. Admin./CFO Michael Pitts, Police Dir. James Gill, Health Officer Stephanie Carey, Board of Health Pres. Dr. Jeremy Grayson, Twp. Att. Kevin Van Hise, Acting Super. of Schools Mary McLoughlin, and Board of Education Pres. Joanne Tonkin.

Watch Live on Comcast Cable Channel 29 or the Twp. Video webpage at: https://montgomerynj.swagit.com/live

All residents are welcomed to submit questions electronically to MontgomeryTogether@twp.montgomery.nj.us or dial in:+1 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 899 2555 2470

Executive Order #142 – Non-Essential Construction, Curbside Pickup & Car Gatherings

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order 142 Permitting Resumption of Non-Essential Construction, Curbside Pickup at Non-Essential Retail Businesses, and Gatherings in Cars

 

TRENTON – As part of New Jersey’s Road Back, Governor Phil Murphy on Wednesday signed Executive Order No. 142, permitting the resumption of non-essential construction, curbside pickup at non-essential retail businesses, and car gatherings for the purpose of drive-through and drive-in events. The construction and non-essential retail provisions will take effect at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18, while the car gatherings provision will take effect immediately.

“I’ve been clear that data will determine dates, and what we are seeing gives us confidence that we can begin the careful restart of our economy,” said Governor Murphy. “Over the past eight weeks, New Jerseyans have taken our stay-at-home order seriously and have created the conditions that make this next phase possible. The steps we are taking allow for important standards of social distancing to continue with the return of safe, responsible business operations.”

Non-Essential Construction: The Order permits non-essential construction projects to resume effective at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18. All construction projects must abide by the social distancing, safety, and sanitization requirements that are described in detail in the Governor’s Executive Order.

Curbside Pickup at Non-Essential Retail Businesses: The Order also permits non-essential retail businesses to allow curbside pickup of goods, beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18, but businesses must continue to have their in-store operations closed to customers.  Businesses who choose to offer curbside pickup must abide by the requirements in the Order, which include but are not limited to the following:

  • In-store operations should be limited to those employees who are responsible for the operations required for curbside pickup;
  • Customer transactions should be handled in advance by phone, email, facsimile or other means that avoid person-to-person contact;
  • Customers shall notify the retailer by text message, email, or phone once they arrive, or make best efforts to schedule their arrival time in advance.  The customer should be asked to remain in their vehicle, if arriving by car, until store staff delivers the purchase;
  • Designated employees should bring goods outside of the retail establishment and place goods directly in a customer’s vehicle when possible, avoiding person-to-person contact; and
  • Such businesses must follow social distancing and mitigation practices outlined in previous orders, including requiring workers to wear cloth face coverings when in contact with other workers or customers and gloves when in contact with goods or customers.

Car Gatherings:  The Order states that car gatherings do not violate the Governor’s ban on gatherings under Executive Order No. 107.  Examples of such car gatherings include but are not limited to drive-in movies, religious services, or drive-through farms or safaris.  Car gatherings will be subject to the restrictions in the Order, which include but are not limited to the following:

  • Attendees must remain in their same car throughout the gathering, unless 1) an occupant needs to get out of the vehicle for their health or safety or 2) an occupant needs to use the restroom;
  • The vehicle must remain closed at all times unless 1) there is six feet of distance between other vehicles or individuals or 2) an officer, public official or guard requires the vehicle to open. There is a further exception allowing the opening of the vehicle if necessary for health or safety;
  • Individuals organizing the gathering who are not in vehicles must follow social distancing and wear cloth face coverings; and
  • To the degree that a gathering requires pre-payment, or seeks donations of any kind, contactless options for pre-payment or donation, such as online or by telephone, must be offered wherever feasible.

Retail businesses operating in shopping malls are permitted to operate by curbside pickup, in accordance with the other requirements of this paragraph, but staff must bring the goods to customers at the exterior of the mall.  The indoor portions of shopping malls must remain closed, as required by the Governor’s previous orders.

A copy of Executive Order No. 142  can be found here.

For further info, go to the State’s COVID-19 searchable FAQs at: https://covid19.nj.gov/

Source: Office of the Governor of the State of New Jersey

COVID-19 Case Count 5-13; Census Day of Action; Emergency Food; Community Forum May 18

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

As of 9 am today, 5/13:

NJ cases: 141,560

NJ deaths:  9,702

Somerset County cases: 4,127

Somerset County deaths: 340

Montgomery cases:  99

Montgomery deaths: 5

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

18      80+

Total 105 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/.


NJ Census Day of Action is Tomorrow

The U.S. Constitution requires a complete count of all people living in the United States every ten years. 2020 is one of those years. The census is used for apportioning representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives and N.J. Legislature, and determines how federal and state funding is apportioned.  Getting more funding during a pandemic or natural disaster is dependent on a full count of residents of Montgomery.

As of this week, the response rate in Montgomery is 72.9% of households.  While Montgomery has a higher response rate than N.J. and Somerset County overall, as of May 11 Montgomery trails Hopewell, Bernards, Bridgewater, Branchburg, Warren, and Green Brook Townships. (Census Response Rate Dashboard, Somerset County)

Within Montgomery, there are four census tracts. The two northeastern (generally Belle Mead) sections have a higher response rate than the Skillman/Blawenburg and Princeton postal code sections (Montgomery Census Response by Tract, 5-06-20 Map). Which Montgomery tract is going to win the competition to get to a 100% response rate first?

Tomorrow, May 14th, is the NJ Census Day of Action. First, make sure you’ve already submitted your own census response. Then ask five of your neighbors if they have submitted their census response. If not, ask them to go to 2020census.gov and fill out one for their household.

The responses are confidential and will not be disclosed by law for 72 years. The last publicly available census is from 1940. There are no questions on the census about citizenship or legal status. It is also available in many languages other than English.

Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner said, “Completing the census only takes a few minutes but will impact Montgomery for ten years. Except for following the guidelines for staying safe during the coronavirus pandemic, completing the census might be the most important thing you can do this week. It is a great activity to do with your children.”

“The people of Montgomery always strive for excellence.  Let’s do that with the 2020 census,” he added.

Go to NJ.gov for step by step suggestions on how you can be a great influence on friends and family to fill out this year’s census, especially tomorrow – the Census Day of Action.

Go to 2020census.gov  for more information about the census.


Emergency Food Giveaway

The Somerville YMCA in Cooperation with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey is providing a 5-day shelf-stable food supply to any area resident.  See this flier:

5-13-20_Giveaway Emergency Food Boxes

DOWNLOAD FLIER

Source: Somerville YMCA


COVID-19 COMMUNITY FORUM
Monday May 18 @ 7 PM

Join us live on Monday May 18th from 7-8pm when Montgomery municipal leaders will address questions on the state of affairs in town during the COVID-19 emergency with the latest information and answers.

Civic representatives and news media will ask questions of a panel of local officials for discussion during the forum. The panel will include Mayor Sadaf Jaffer, Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner, Twp. Administrator Donato Nieman, Asst. Twp. Administrator/CFO Michael Pitts, Police Director James Gill, Health Officer Stephanie Carey, Board of Health Chair Jeremy Grayson, Township Attorney Kevin Van Hise, Acting Superintendent of Schools Mary McLoughlin, and Board of Education President Joanne Tonkin.

Watch Live on Comcast Cable Channel 29 or the Twp. Video webpage at: https://montgomerynj.swagit.com/live

All residents are welcomed to submit questions electronically to MontgomeryTogether@twp.montgomery.nj.us or dial in:+1 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 899 2555 2470

Governor’s New Order Relaxes Some Business Practices

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Permitting Resumption of Non-Essential Construction, Curbside Pickup at Non-Essential Retail Businesses, and Gatherings in Cars

TRENTON – As part of New Jersey’s Road Back, Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 142, permitting the resumption of non-essential construction, curbside pickup at non-essential retail businesses, and car gatherings for the purpose of drive-through and drive-in events. The construction and non-essential retail provisions will take effect at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18, while the car gatherings provision will take effect immediately.

“I’ve been clear that data will determine dates, and what we are seeing gives us confidence that we can begin the careful restart of our economy,” said Governor Murphy. “Over the past eight weeks, New Jerseyans have taken our stay-at-home order seriously and have created the conditions that make this next phase possible. The steps we are taking allow for important standards of social distancing to continue with the return of safe, responsible business operations.”

Non-Essential Construction: The Order permits non-essential construction projects to resume effective at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18. All construction projects must abide by the social distancing, safety, and sanitization requirements that are described in detail in the Governor’s Executive Order.

Curbside Pickup at Non-Essential Retail Businesses: The Order also permits non-essential retail businesses to allow curbside pickup of goods, beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18, but businesses must continue to have their in-store operations closed to customers.  Businesses who choose to offer curbside pickup must abide by the requirements in the Order, which include but are not limited to the following:

  • In-store operations should be limited to those employees who are responsible for the operations required for curbside pickup;
  • Customer transactions should be handled in advance by phone, email, facsimile or other means that avoid person-to-person contact;
  • Customers shall notify the retailer by text message, email, or phone once they arrive, or make best efforts to schedule their arrival time in advance.  The customer should be asked to remain in their vehicle, if arriving by car, until store staff delivers the purchase;
  • Designated employees should bring goods outside of the retail establishment and place goods directly in a customer’s vehicle when possible, avoiding person-to-person contact; and
  • Such businesses must follow social distancing and mitigation practices outlined in previous orders, including requiring workers to wear cloth face coverings when in contact with other workers or customers and gloves when in contact with goods or customers.

Car Gatherings:  The Order states that car gatherings do not violate the Governor’s ban on gatherings under Executive Order No. 107.  Examples of such car gatherings include but are not limited to drive-in movies, religious services, or drive-through farms or safaris.  Car gatherings will be subject to the restrictions in the Order, which include but are not limited to the following:

  • Attendees must remain in their same car throughout the gathering, unless 1) an occupant needs to get out of the vehicle for their health or safety or 2) an occupant needs to use the restroom;
  • The vehicle must remain closed at all times unless 1) there is six feet of distance between other vehicles or individuals or 2) an officer, public official or guard requires the vehicle to open. There is a further exception allowing the opening of the vehicle if necessary for health or safety;
  • Individuals organizing the gathering who are not in vehicles must follow social distancing and wear cloth face coverings; and
  • To the degree that a gathering requires pre-payment, or seeks donations of any kind, contactless options for pre-payment or donation, such as online or by telephone, must be offered wherever feasible.

Retail businesses operating in shopping malls are permitted to operate by curbside pickup, in accordance with the other requirements of this paragraph, but staff must bring the goods to customers at the exterior of the mall.  The indoor portions of shopping malls must remain closed, as required by the Governor’s previous orders.

A copy of Executive Order No. 142  can be found here.

Source: Office of the Governor of the State of New Jersey

COVID-19 Case Count 5-12; Community Forum May 18; Stimulus Check Deadline; Business Types Open/Closed

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

 

As of 9 am today, 5/12:

NJ cases: 140,743

NJ deaths:  9,508

Somerset County cases: 4,115

Somerset County deaths: 339

Montgomery cases:  98

Montgomery deaths: 5

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

17      80+

Total 104 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/.


 

COVID-19 COMMUNITY FORUM
Monday May 18 @ 7 PM

Join us live on Monday May 18th from 7-8pm when Montgomery municipal leaders will address questions on the state of affairs in town during the COVID-19 emergency with the latest information and answers.

Civic representatives and news media will ask questions of a panel of local officials for discussion during the forum. The panel will include Mayor Sadaf Jaffer, Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner, Twp. Administrator Donato Nieman, Asst. Twp. Administrator/CFO Michael Pitts, Police Director James Gill, Health Officer Stephanie Carey, Township Attorney Kevin Van Hise, Acting Superintendent of Schools Mary McLoughlin, and Board of Education President Joanne Tonkin.

Watch Live on Comcast Cable Channel 29 or the Twp. Video webpage at: https://montgomerynj.swagit.com/live

All residents are welcomed to submit questions electronically to MontgomeryTogether@twp.montgomery.nj.us or dial in:+1 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 899 2555 2470

 


 

STIMULUS CHECK DIRECT DEPOSIT DEADLINE TOMORROW

We would like to remind all residents that those eligible who haven’t received their Economic Impact Payment (stimulus) check yet, who wish to receive their check through direct deposit, have until tomorrow, May 13 at 12:00 PM noon to provide the IRS with your bank account information on the IRS website.

Visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment to provide your information today.

Those who satisfy the criteria and either want a paper check or miss the deadline will still receive a paper check by mail.

After tomorrow’s deadline, the Get My Payment portal established by the IRS will only be available for taxpayers to view the status of their Economic Impact Payment.

See IRS newsroom for further info at:

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/act-by-wednesday-for-chance-to-get-quicker-economic-impact-payment-timeline-for-payments-continues-to-accelerate

 


 

REMINDER ON WHAT TYPES OF BUSINESSES MAY BE OPEN

Executive Order 107, a Statewide Stay-At-Home and Closure of All Non-Essential Retail Businesses Order issued March 21 by Governor Murphy, remains in effect at this time.

On May 6th, the governor extended the Public Health Emergency by 30 days.  See Exec. Order #138.

The State has created this MASTER LIST:

 

STATE OF NJ MASTER LIST OF BUSINESS TYPES ALLOWED OPENED

 

Some recent clarifications by the State include:

Construction work that is deemed essential is allowed to continue.  Construction not deemed essential was mandated to cease on April 10.

On April 27, the State Office of Emergency Management issued Administrative Order #2020-10 on essential retail businesses, clarifying the status of pet groomers, personal care services, and car dealership test drives.

On Saturday, May 2, golf courses were allowed to open so long as they adopt minimum social distancing policies. State and County Parks and Montgomery Township Parks were also reopened at that time, and can remain open as long as the public continues to follow social distancing restrictions carefully. The governor has also determined that schools must remain physically closed through the end of the school year.

Regarding in-person medical appointments, the Office of the Attorney General has clarified that “Health Facilities with Medically Necessary or Therapeutic Services” may remain open.  These are being handled by the provider and patient on a case-by-case basis.

Please follow these embedded links to see all gubernatorial EXECUTIVE ORDERS and all ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS from the State Office of Emergency Management.

To see a list of Montgomery businesses which indicates those self-reporting as open, go to the Township Business Directory at: https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/business-directory/ (Please note: Businesses may be open and not have informed the township of their status.  Also check with the businesses directly.)

 

Case Count 5-11; Twp. & Schools Collaborate to Support Community (Mayor’s COVID-19 Video)

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

 

As of 9 am today, 5/11:

NJ cases: 139,635

NJ deaths:  9,310

Somerset County cases: 4,093

Somerset County deaths: 335

Montgomery cases:  98

Montgomery deaths: 5

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

17      80+

Total 104 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’S COVID-19 VIDEO MESSAGE

Township & Schools Collaborate to Support Community

Mayor Sadaf Jaffer, in her weekly video series on COVID-19, speaks with Montgomery Twp. Superintendent of Schools Mary McLoughlin about new community-building collaborations between the Schools and the Township, such as the new website, https://MontgomeryTogether.us.

 


 

Census Response Helps Seniors

It is Senior Week with the U.S. Census!

The U.S. Census Bureau projects that number of Seniors will grow to 55 million (16% of the population) with the 2020 Census. By 2050, it is projected that people 65+ will make up 20% of the population.

By completing the Census, we help accurately count seniors and ensure federal funding for the programs and services they rely on for the next decade.

Programs that rely on federal funding determined by Census data include:

  • Medicaid and Medicare
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – food stamps) and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)
  • Older Americans Act
  • Enhanced Mobility of Seniors & People with Disabilities
  • Supportive Housing for the Elderly
  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult Activities
  • Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) – job-training and employment program
  • Senior Corps volunteer program

Census data also informs community planning – including funds for new hospitals, long-term care facilities and senior centers, as well as funding to maintain and update them to better serve the senior population.

It makes dollars and SENSE to fill out the 2020 Census! Go to: https://my2020census.gov/