Twp. Bldg. Operations; Testing without Rx; Indoor Dining Postponed; Rainbarrel Workshop 7-25; Case Report

Township Building Updated Guidelines for Appts Effective July 6th

The Township of Montgomery remains committed to the health and safety of our residents, employees and the general public throughout the current health emergency. Following state guidelines, starting July 6th, municipal staff will be available for business and services via non-contact methods or by appointment via the following updated guidelines for service:

  1. Phone or email are the preferred communication methods in order to protect everyone’s health. Contact information for all departments can be found on the departmental pages of the website. The main municipal phone number is (908) 359-8211 Mon.-Fri. 8AM-4:30PM.
  2. All requests for in-person visits will be evaluated to determine their necessity or if other options are suitable. If needed, arrangements will be made for an appointment at a specific date and time.
  3. In the event of an in-person visit, each department will be responsible for pre-screening residents using a brief health questionnaire. The questionnaire contains basic contact questions related to COVID-19.
  4. Visitors are asked to announce themselves by mobile phone upon arrival, if possible. The relevant staff member will meet them at the entrance at the appointed time. Each visitor will need to wear a facial covering and will have their temperature taken via no-touch thermometer prior to entering the building.

 

Somerset County Residents Do NOT Need Rx to get Tested on July 2 & 9

The Somerset County Department of Health has announced that a physician’s prescription is no longer required for county residents to be tested at the COVID-19 drive-thru site at Raritan Valley Community College.   The next testing dates are Thursday, July 2 & 9, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Testing, which is free of charge, is only open to Somerset County residents, age five (5) and older.  An appointment and valid identification is required.

Appointments for July 2 and 9th can be scheduled online at https://somerset-hunterdon.adlabscovidtest.com. Residents who do not have computer access, or who would like to schedule an appointment for children age five to 18 years old, can call the COVID-19 testing information line at 908-203-6014, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., not including holidays.

Anyone who does not have an appointment will be turned away.

For the safety, health and security of staff and volunteers, patients must arrive by car. The drive-thru test site will not allow entry if residents do not arrive in a vehicle, even if they have a valid ID.  When coming to the testing center, residents are asked to use the main entrance to the college campus, off of Route 28.

Other test sites can be found online by visiting the New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub at https://covid19.nj.gov/testing.

For more information, visit  www.co.somerset.nj.us/covid19status for updates or contact the Somerset County Department of Health at coronavirus@co.somerset.nj.us.


 

 Reopening of Indoor Dining Postponed

Today Governor Phil Murphy reversed Friday’s executive order establishing rules for indoor dining to restart at a 25% capacity on Thursday, July 2.  In his daily press briefing, the Governor announced that this Stage 2 reopening step is being postponed.  The reasons stated included the spikes occurring in other reopening States and large New Jersey crowds not social distancing properly at certain outdoor dining restaurants and bars over the weekend.

According to the Governor: “We have seen spikes in other states driven, in part, by the return of patrons to indoor dining establishments, where they are seated, and without face coverings, for significant periods of time. We are also moved to take this step because of what we have seen in some establishments across the state of late.”

“We have been cautious throughout every step of our restart. We’ve always said that we would not hesitate to hit pause if needed to safeguard public health. This is one of those times,” Governor Murphy concluded.

No new indoor dining date has been given at this time.  Outdoor dining is allowed to continue as it has since June 15th.

Indoor areas of shopping malls reopened today, June 29, as did Motor Vehicle Commission centers for driving tests and inspections only.

On July 2, outdoor playgrounds, water parks and amusement parks are slated to reopen. Museums, aquariums, casinos, and indoor recreational facilities will be able to reopen on July 2 at 25% capacity and with required face coverings.

Here is a link  from the State of NJ FAQs on what is reopening when and what remains closed:

https://faq.business.nj.gov/en/articles/3820777-which-businesses-may-be-open-and-what-guidelines-must-be-followed-personal-care-pools-and-organized-sports-reopen-june-22


Virtual Rain Barrel Building Event July 25

Did you know that rainbarrels can save you water use around the yard, reduce your water bill, AND help recharge our aquifers?  Join The Watershed Institute and Montgomery Township Saturday, July 25 from 10AM to 12 noon for a virtual Rainbarrel Building Workshop!

The rainbarrels are real but you assemble at home with easy-to-follow remote assistance. Learn about rainwater harvesting and water quality in NJ, how installing a rain barrel helps protect water quality, and other ‘river-friendly’ actions you can implement at home!

We will provide you with the materials and an instructor to build a rain barrel at home! This event is planned for the convenience of the Montgomery community.  You pick up the rain barrel kit the week before and build the barrel at your home with the help of a live instructor (or later by recorded video)!

This event is underwritten by the Montgomery Township Environmental Commission/Sustainable Montgomery at a reduced rate of only $45 for all materials and class.  Pick-up is outside at Watershed on either Wednesday, 7/22 from 9-11 AM or Thursday, 7/23 from 4-6 PM.

Registration (first-come basis) and details and contact info for questions at:
http://thewatershed.doubleknot.com/registration/calendardetail.aspx?activitykey=2701622&orgkey=3916&ReturnURL=//thewatershed.doubleknot.com/app/calendar/month/3916/2020-07-01/3916/0/


TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

As of 9 am today, 6/29

NJ cases: 171,272
NJ deaths: 14,992
Somerset County cases: 4,858
Somerset County deaths: 528
Montgomery cases:  114
Montgomery deaths: 7
Montgomery presumed recovered: 108 a
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0
Rocky Hill presumed recovered: 6 a

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

8           <20
12           20-29
18           30-39
18           40-49
24           50-59
17           60-69
4           70-79
19           80+

Total 120 cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill

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

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/

 

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NOTE: The Montgomery Township Email System is now accepting email from all sources.  Please resend any emails sent since mid-day Wed. for which you have not received a response. Thank you for your patience. (Fri., 6-26-20)

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PLAYGROUNDS BEING PREPARED TO REOPEN JULY 2

The State of New Jersey has announced that all public playgrounds may be reopened next Thursday, July 2nd.  The Montgomery DPW Parks Division workers are busy cleaning and inspecting all playground equipment to get it ready for use.  Please wait for the official re-opening date and use smart safety practices such as avoiding congested areas and having children wear masks on playgrounds and use hand sanitizer afterwards.


CONTAINER FACILITY REMINDER

The Township Container Facility (mini-dump) is now accessible on more dates but requires appointments be made in advance to spread out use.  Appointments can be set up by calling the front reception desk at (908) 359-8211 Mon-Fri from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. The receptionist can also help with the purchase of Container Facility Tickets, which cost $40 for 4 trips and never expire.

For open dates/times and all details, including disposal materials allowed, go to the Container Facility webpage at:

https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/departments/public-works/container-facility/



PLEASE JOIN MONTGOMERY CLEAN-UP 2020

Many of us are enjoying spending more time outside, and one thing people notice is unsightly litter. Other towns throughout the U.S. have been engaging in clean-ups and it is something that can be done safely by following the guidelines below.

From now through the Fourth of July, the Montgomery Environmental Commission is partnering with The Watershed Institute and Montgomery Friends of Open Space, on a Township-wide clean-up. https://thewatershed.org/stream-cleanups/

So, the next time you go for a walk, grab gloves and a bag, and pick up trash along the way. You can pick up litter during a walk around the neighborhood, in your backyard, along the road, in a nearby park or anywhere else you see trash on the ground.

When you participate, be sure to social distance and follow these guidelines:

Please remember to wear your mask in town, including in the parks and on pathways!

Wear gloves and a mask

Stay 6 feet apart – be sure to give people plenty of room to pass around you

Exercise caution on trails where the paths can be narrow; step off as needed to ensure that the 6 feet distance is maintained

Do not congregate in groups

Wear brightly colored clothing if picking up litter along streets. Avoid busy roads.

Dispose of gloves and trash properly and wash hands thoroughly with soap and water when finished.

Take it to the next level and help us track what you find. Upload a list here: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/5e1bda0421dc4294a35435695a805b46, and consider including a photo and the place you cleaned up. If you post on social media, add the hashtag #montgomerynjcleanup.

Thank you for considering helping your neighborhood and our Parks and Public Works Department in this way, if a safe opportunity presents itself! We hope you’ll join us in keeping Montgomery beautiful!

Please remember to wear your mask in town, including in the parks and on pathways!

 


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note from Health Officer: There are no new cases this week.  New Jersey and Somerset County are now counting probable deaths retroactively, causing an additional increase in today’s count of statewide and countywide deaths.  Montgomery has counted our probable cases/deaths since the start, so our numbers aren’t expected to change.

As of 9 am today, 6/26

NJ cases: 170,196
NJ deaths: 14,872
Somerset County cases: 4,828
Somerset County deaths: 524
Montgomery cases:  112
Montgomery deaths: 7
Montgomery presumed recovered: 101 a
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0
Rocky Hill presumed recovered: 6 a

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

8           <20
12           20-29
18           30-39
17           40-49
23           50-59
17           60-69
4           70-79
19           80+

Total 118 cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill

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

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/

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Virtual Rec N Crew Camp & Other Area Camps (in-person & virtual)

Although we cannot hold our outdoor Rec N Crew Camp, we still want to give our campers something to look forward to and to have FUN! Virtual Rec N Crew will run from 7/6 – 7/31 and will give at least one activity each weekday for your camper to take part in. We have created a private camp Facebook group that parents may post pictures and comments in for their campers. If you are not a Facebook user the activities and directions will be emailed to you!  We can’t wait to see all of your smiling and creative faces!

Registration is $15 per camper.  Register at: http://register.communitypass.net/Montgomery  Each camper who registers by 7/10 will receive a T-shirt!

Daily themes for camp are : Make something Monday, Teamwork Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday, Throwback Thursday and Fantastic Friday. For more information, call (609) 466-3023.

For those seeking in-person and other summer camp opportunities, see list of area camps from Somerset County Tourism: https://visitsomersetnj.org/covid-camp/

 


 

MontgomeryTogether.us Celebrates Our Talented Youth

 

Montgomery Township municipality and schools’ new COVID-19 community website, MontgomeryTogether.us, has added new material highlighting some amazing youth talent in our community.

Check out the School Showcase at:

https://montgomerytogether.us/school-showcase/

The above School Showcase page includes great content such as: Journey: The 2020 MHS Digital Literary Magazine, MHS Music Dept.’s Virtual Coffeehouse, and MHS & Middle Schools’ Virtual Art Extravaganza.

On the Community Showcase page there is also a Virtual Quilt Project by the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). The quilt is a compilation of different pieces of artwork, videos, and dances that showcase what living in Montgomery means to students and residents. (See below.)

The purpose of MontgomeryTogether.us is to help our community grow in strength and unity, despite this challenging time. The website includes recommended local resources, virtual community events, and more, including sections: Staying Connected, How to Help, Finding Help, Latest Info, Schools, and Business Community.


 

VIRTUAL MONTGOMERY MAIN STREET OPENS

MontgomeryTogether.us  has opened a platform for sharing Virtual Main Street videos!

Our local businesses can showcase their products and services in video, and describe the steps they’ve implemented to protect customer safety. Please see an example here:

https://montgomerytogether.us/virtual-main-street-2/

If you’re a Montgomery Township or Rocky Hill business and would like to send us a one- minute video, email it to MontgomeryTogether@montgomery.nj.us using a file sharing service like WeTransfer, Google or DropBox.  Learn more.


TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

As of 9 am today, 6/24

NJ cases: 169,892
NJ deaths: 12,995
Somerset County cases: 4,819
Somerset County deaths: 444
Montgomery cases:  112
Montgomery deaths: 7
Montgomery presumed recovered: 101 a
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0
Rocky Hill presumed recovered: 6 a

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

8           <20
12           20-29
18           30-39
17           40-49
23           50-59
17           60-69
4           70-79
19           80+

Total 118 cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill

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

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/

 

Guidance for Post-Secondary on Summer/Fall Session Precautions

Read Exec. Order $# 155, providing guidance for Institutes of Higher Education, including colleges, universities, trade schools and career schools, on pre-cautionary measures in preparation for upcoming semesters:

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Executive Order 155 Instruction

To view all Executive Orders, go to: https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/approved/eo_archive.html

Governor Announces Increased Indoor & Outdoor Capacity Limits

Governor Phil Murphy has announced increased indoor and outdoor gathering capacity limits as COVID-19 cases in New Jersey continue to decline. Effective immediately, indoor gatherings are now limited to 25% capacity of the rooms in which they will take place, with a maximum of 100 persons. Outdoor gatherings are now limited to 250 persons, and outdoor religious services and political activities will continue to have no numerical limits.

“While we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commonsense public health measures that New Jerseyans have been complying with are now allowing for us to expand capacity limits,” said Governor Murphy. “We will continue to evaluate and make reopening decisions based on data, science, and facts. I thank the people of our great state for the collective effort that has enabled us to take steps like these.”

Before today’s Order, indoor gatherings were limited to 25% capacity, but with a maximum of 50 persons, and outdoor gatherings were limited to 100 persons, with the exception of outdoor religious services and political activities.

Furthermore, this Order clarifies that for the purposes of outdoor dining, “outdoor areas” are to be defined as open air spaces without a fixed roof, besides a temporary or seasonal awning or cover.

To read Executive Order No. 156, click here.

To view all Executive Orders, go to: https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/approved/eo_archive.html

Admin. Orders on Malls, Libraries, Venue Rental, Other Activities/Special Events

Administrative Order 2020-15 & 2020-16 from State Emergency Management related to:

AO 2020-15: LIBRARIES, SCHOOLS, REAL ESTATE OPEN HOUSES, ESSENTIAL RETAIL, CAR WASHES, YARD SALES, SPECIAL EVENTS & PRIVATE TUTORING :

Administrative Order Libraries & Other Businesses 061520

AO 2020-16: MALLS, SPORTS, LIBRARIES, VENUES (Note: Indoor portions of shopping malls may reopen on June 29):

Administrative Order Malls 061920

To view all Executive Orders, go to: https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/approved/eo_archive.html

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New Business Types Open Today

Adding to the reopen of retail stores last week, a number of new businesses are opening today, June 22 – Personal care services, including salons: hair, nail, tanning; spas: day, massage, tattoo; other personal care services; and public pools/all outdoor recreation businesses.  For the NJ State reopening announcements, see web bulletins: Personal Care Services to Open June 22 and Latest Orders Lift Group Limits, Open Pools & Most Outdoor Recreational Businesses


 

Montgomery High School Virtual Commencement 6-19-20

The Montgomery Internet Radio Experience (MIRE) has shared a celebration of the Montgomery High School Class of 2020.

The officials and staff of Montgomery Township would like to wish these resilient, courageous, talented, and amazing students the very best that the future has to offer them upon their graduation from Montgomery High School!

Statement from MIRE: “Montgomery High School was proud to give its seniors the send-off they deserve in the best way possible during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. They each have endured trying times and have earned the right to move to the next phase of their lives as more resilient humans than when they entered this unprecedented time period. We couldn’t be prouder of each and every one of them! Congratulations and Go Cougars!!” The MIRE is the home of athletics at Montgomery High School in Skillman, NJ and was founded by Keith Glock, a guidance counselor at MHS.

Direct link to Commencement video: https://youtu.be/6XAwdSe24aM


 

Juneteenth Discussion on Black History Education

In honor of Juneteenth, the One Montgomery Committee’s Montgomery Mosaic initiative hosted a conversation with a special guest, the Honorable Craig A. Stanley, who served in the NJ State Assembly and was a prime sponsor of the law that created the Amistad Commission. The commission was charged with the development and implementation of an American History curriculum for all grades that is inclusive of African American contributions. In this video, Mr. Stanley converses with Jin Patel, member of the Montgomery Township Board of Education, One Montgomery committee member and MMS PTO Co-President, about the importance of teaching Black History.

Direct link to Juneteenth Video on Township’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxGYJYOZTa-b-ViUOITKIJA


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

As of 9 am today, 6/22

NJ cases: 169,415
NJ deaths: 12,895
Somerset County cases: 4,819
Somerset County deaths: 440
Montgomery cases:  112
Montgomery deaths: 7
Montgomery presumed recovered: 101 a
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0
Rocky Hill presumed recovered: 6 a

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

8           <20
12           20-29
18           30-39
17           40-49
23           50-59
17           60-69
4           70-79
19           80+

Total 118 cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill

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

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/

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Montgomery Celebrates Juneteenth:

A Conversation with the Honorable Craig A. Stanley on the Importance of Teaching Black History

Join the One Montgomery Committee’s Montgomery Mosaic initiative for a conversation with our special guest, the Honorable Craig A. Stanley, who served in the NJ State Assembly and was a prime sponsor of the law that created the Amistad Commission. The commission was charged with the development and implementation of an American History curriculum for all grades that is inclusive of African American contributions. He will be in conversation with Jin Patel, member of the Montgomery Township Board of Education, One Montgomery committee member and MMS PTO Co-President.

Time:
June 19, 2020 at 5:00 PM

Register for the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GJibozFpR8esm8HgW_ok7w

 

READ JUNETEENTH PROCLAMATION BY THE MONTGOMERY TWP. COMMITTEE


 

Grab & Go Lunches Wrap Up for Frontline Workers – Thank you!

 

The “COVID-19 Support – Grab & Go Lunches for Frontline Workers” program will end on Friday June 19th.

Since April 3rd, Rotary Club of Montgomery/Rocky Hill and the Montgomery Business Association have facilitated meals for our front line hospital and emergency workers, while supporting small, local food establishments. A donation of $10 covered one complete bag lunch, provided by a local business, and delivered to a local hospital. Meals were delivered on 68 days (6 days a week) by a volunteer driver. Each delivery included at least 50 Grab & Go lunches prepared by a local food establishment. Deliveries were made to one of three hospital locations: RWJ Somerset, RWJ New Brunswick or Penn Medicine Plainsboro. Sweet treats were purchased from a local baker and chocolatier and included with meals and shared with Montgomery Police, Fire & EMS workers. Members of the community also donated drinks, chips, cookies to the local food establishment to include with the meals. Many food establishments added extra meals as a thank you to the frontline workers. A local Girl Scout Troop provided thank you notes for hospital workers that we also delivered.

We received almost $35,000 in donations from individuals, social groups, girl scout troops, neighborhoods, and Rotary Grants. These donations were a great way to express everyone’s gratitude to our frontline workers while helping the smaller mom & pop restaurants and delis in Montgomery and Rocky Hill keep going at the same time.

It is bittersweet to see the program end. We are so happy to see public health conditions improving and we can all be proud of the difference we made for small businesses in our community and for the many frontline hospital workers and emergency workers who enjoyed the meals and treats.

Rotary and MBA were personally thanked by Mayor Jaffer, on behalf of the entire Township Committee, stating, “Our congratulations and thanks to all who participated in the ‘Lunches for Frontline Workers’ initiative. In a time that was dark and uncertain for many, you provided both a broad sense of purpose as well as an opportunity to express gratitude to those keeping us safe and healthy through the acute phase of the COVID-19 crisis. Your program represented the best of our community.”


FILL IN THE GAP –  A Community Initiative Against Hunger

 

Have you ever been hungry? Truly starving? Not the hunger you get in anticipation of a meal, but the kind of hunger that pinches the stomach and soul when you don’t know when your next meal is coming?  Unfortunately, there are children and families throughout our local communities in need of food and meals. Join us in supporting FILL IN THE GAP.

FILL IN THE GAP is a community outreach effort to feed families in need during these uncertain and challenging times. You can participate (mainly) in one of two ways:  You can either sponsor to “PAY FOR A MEAL” that feeds a Family of Five (5) from a restaurant that we’ve identified for a reasonable cost or you can “PREPARE A MEAL” that feeds a Family of Five (5).  Use your voice, use your social media platforms, contacts and share this link: FILL IN THE GAP – with your family and friends. Anyone anywhere can support FILL IN THE GAP, click this link:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaaa29a6f58-feed1

(Sign-Up Genius)

(More info from James Moore, a founder of ‘Fill In The Gap’)


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

As of 9 am today, 6/19

NJ cases: 168,496
NJ deaths: 12,835
Somerset County cases: 4,796
Somerset County deaths: 438
Montgomery cases:  112
Montgomery deaths: 7
Montgomery presumed recovered: 101 a
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0
Rocky Hill presumed recovered: 6 a

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

8           <20
12           20-29
18           30-39
17           40-49
23           50-59
17           60-69
4           70-79
19           80+

Total 118 cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill

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

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/

 

How has Montgomery fared in the pandemic so far?

Montgomery & COVID: An Assessment After Stage 1

By Stephanie Carey, Montgomery Health Officer

As New Jersey transitions from “Stage 1” to “Stage 2” in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is a good time to take stock of how our own township, Montgomery, has fared.  Over the next two weeks, many “non-essential” businesses will be opening in town, and residents will be venturing out more to patronize our local businesses, and to return to some semblance of normalcy.

However, it will be a “new normal,” in which residents will need to remain vigilant about social distancing, mask wearing, and avoiding large groups.  Otherwise, we could find ourselves with many new cases—and fatalities. Please take the advice of the Montgomery Board of Health and exercise caution as you approach this next stage of the pandemic.

How Has Montgomery Fared?

With 109 confirmed cases of illness and 7 deaths in mid-June due to COVID-19, nobody can feel good about the pain that many Montgomery families suffered over these several months. Each case represents a family that suffered enormous anxiety, stretches of isolation, and, in some cases, heartbreak.  Yet when you compare Montgomery to other areas, we fared much better than most communities, for a variety of reasons, including the generally excellent compliance of our residents with CDC guidance and New Jersey state orders.

The chart below look at comparisons of the number of cases relative to population.  Montgomery Township has had 4.7 COVID cases for every 1,000 residents, which is about one-fourth the rate statewide (18.8) and one-third the Somerset County rate (14.4). Our rate of cases also is lower than every one of our major neighboring towns.

The rate of death per 1,000 population was .3, meaning we had about 1 death for every 3,000 people in town, as shown in the next chart.  That compares well to the state and county averages, including our neighboring towns.  As in other places, those who have succumbed to the disease in Montgomery have tended to be over the age of 65.

Reasons Montgomery Has Done Comparatively Well

There are many reasons why Montgomery has done better than many other places.  Factors include distance from the outbreak epicenter in New York City, and from commuter lines; an affluent population that generally was able to work from home; and compliance with social distancing and masking rules and guidelines.  The fact that we did well relative to our similar neighboring towns is consistent with the idea that resident adherence to guidelines was at least partly responsible, and reason we should take some pride in weathering the first wave of the pandemic.

Race/Ethnicity and Local COVID

Unfortunately, despite our overall success in fighting COVID-19, the pattern of disease in Montgomery reflects the same race and ethnicity disparities that have been measured across the country, as shown in the chart below.  When you add up the African American, Hispanic, and mixed-race residents of Montgomery, they represent 30% of COVID-19 cases, despite representing only 10% of our population. These black and brown residents had triple the risk of other people in testing positive for COVID-19.  This was due to several factors, including lower-paying jobs that cannot be done from home, and more “front line” jobs in essential retail and health care environments.

Health patterns such as the one we see nationwide and here in Montgomery are reasons why the racism has been named a public health problem by the American Public Health Association. It’s also a reason the Montgomery Township Committee on June 4 passed a resolution condemning all acts of racism and calling for a dialogue, unity, and healing.  It may be tempting to feel Montgomery is immune from these national problems, but, regrettably, we are not.

Public health officials in recent months have emphasized the importance of wearing masks to protect members of our families and our community. It is something we do as a sign that we care about each other—now and for the foreseeable future.  At the same time, we are learning there is another form of “taking care” that must guide our government and how each of us lives our life.  We must all work hard to make sure we protect everyone, equally and justly, regardless of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status.  As we move forward, we seek to build the resilience of our entire community, especially those who are most vulnerable, to assure a healthier, more equitable future.

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Montgomery & COVID: An Assessment After Stage 1

By Stephanie Carey, Montgomery Health Officer

As New Jersey transitions from “Stage 1” to “Stage 2” in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is a good time to take stock of how our own township, Montgomery, has fared.  Over the next two weeks, many “non-essential” businesses will be opening in town, and residents will be venturing out more to patronize our local businesses, and to return to some semblance of normalcy.

However, it will be a “new normal,” in which residents will need to remain vigilant about social distancing, mask wearing, and avoiding large groups.  Otherwise, we could find ourselves with many new cases—and fatalities. Please take the advice of the Montgomery Board of Health and exercise caution as you approach this next stage of the pandemic.

How Has Montgomery Fared?

With 109 confirmed cases of illness and 7 deaths in mid-June due to COVID-19, nobody can feel good about the pain that many Montgomery families suffered over these several months. Each case represents a family that suffered enormous anxiety, stretches of isolation, and, in some cases, heartbreak.  Yet when you compare Montgomery to other areas, we fared much better than most communities, for a variety of reasons, including the generally excellent compliance of our residents with CDC guidance and New Jersey state orders.

The chart below look at comparisons of the number of cases relative to population.  Montgomery Township has had 4.7 COVID cases for every 1,000 residents, which is about one-fourth the rate statewide (18.8) and one-third the Somerset County rate (14.4). Our rate of cases also is lower than every one of our major neighboring towns.

The rate of death per 1,000 population was .3, meaning we had about 1 death for every 3,000 people in town, as shown in the next chart.  That compares well to the state and county averages, including our neighboring towns.  As in other places, those who have succumbed to the disease in Montgomery have tended to be over the age of 65.

Reasons Montgomery Has Done Comparatively Well

There are many reasons why Montgomery has done better than many other places.  Factors include distance from the outbreak epicenter in New York City, and from commuter lines; an affluent population that generally was able to work from home; and compliance with social distancing and masking rules and guidelines.  The fact that we did well relative to our similar neighboring towns is consistent with the idea that resident adherence to guidelines was at least partly responsible, and reason we should take some pride in weathering the first wave of the pandemic.

Race/Ethnicity and Local COVID

Unfortunately, despite our overall success in fighting COVID-19, the pattern of disease in Montgomery reflects the same race and ethnicity disparities that have been measured across the country, as shown in the chart below.  When you add up the African American, Hispanic, and mixed-race residents of Montgomery, they represent 30% of COVID-19 cases, despite representing only 10% of our population. These black and brown residents had triple the risk of other people in testing positive for COVID-19.  This was due to several factors, including lower-paying jobs that cannot be done from home, and more “front line” jobs in essential retail and health care environments.

Health patterns such as the one we see nationwide and here in Montgomery are reasons why the racism has been named a public health problem by the American Public Health Association. It’s also a reason the Montgomery Township Committee on June 4 passed a resolution condemning all acts of racism and calling for a dialogue, unity, and healing.  It may be tempting to feel Montgomery is immune from these national problems, but, regrettably, we are not.

Public health officials in recent months have emphasized the importance of wearing masks to protect members of our families and our community. It is something we do as a sign that we care about each other—now and for the foreseeable future.  At the same time, we are learning there is another form of “taking care” that must guide our government and how each of us lives our life.  We must all work hard to make sure we protect everyone, equally and justly, regardless of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status.  As we move forward, we seek to build the resilience of our entire community, especially those who are most vulnerable, to assure a healthier, more equitable future.


 

Montgomery Celebrates Juneteenth:

A Conversation with the Honorable Craig A. Stanley on the Importance of Teaching Black History

 

Join the One Montgomery Committee’s Montgomery Mosaic initiative for a conversation with our special guest, the Honorable Craig A. Stanley, who served in the NJ State Assembly and was a prime sponsor of the law that created the Amistad Commission. The commission was charged with the development and implementation of an American History curriculum for all grades that is inclusive of African American contributions. He will be in conversation with Jin Patel, member of the Montgomery Township Board of Education, One Montgomery committee member and MMS PTO Co-President.

Time:
June 19, 2020 at 5:00 PM

Register for the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GJibozFpR8esm8HgW_ok7w


 

The Primary Election is scheduled for July 7 and will be conducted mainly by mail-in ballots

Per Executive Order 144, registered, active, Democrats and Republicans will be mailed ballots automatically.  Unaffiliated and Inactive voters will be mailed a special application that they can use if they would like to receive a ballot for the July 7th Primary.

In light of the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 144 on May 15, 2020 which requires the County Clerk to send all Unaffiliated and Inactive Democratic and Republican registered voters a Vote-by-Mail Ballot application for the upcoming July 7, 2020 Primary Election.

Because New Jersey is a closed Primary Election state, in order to receive a ballot, an Unaffiliated voter must choose to be affiliated with the Democratic or Republican party to receive that Party’s Vote-by-Mail Ballot. You may return to an Unaffiliated status following the Primary Election by completing and returning a Party Declaration Form to your County Commissioner of Registration.

A voter may apply for a Mail-In Ballot by mail up to 7 days prior to the election. He or she may also apply in person to the County Clerk prior to 8 P.M. the day of the election.


Virtual Summer Recreation Newsletter Is Out!!
– Montgomery Twp. Recreation Department

Our New Summer Virtual Recreation Newsletter is now available to view. Registration is now open!! Please click the following link. https://recreation.montgomery.nj.us/1806-2/

 


TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

As of 9 am today, 6/17

NJ cases: 167,703
NJ deaths: 12,769
Somerset County cases: 4,780
Somerset County deaths: 438
Montgomery cases:  110
Montgomery deaths: 7
Montgomery presumed recovered: 99 a
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0
Rocky Hill presumed recovered: 6 a

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

7      <20
12      20-29
18      30-39
16      40-49
23      50-59
17      60-69
4      70-79
19      80+

Total 116 cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill

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

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/