Contact Tracing in Montgomery: What You Need to Know
By Stephanie Carey, Montgomery Twp. Health Officer
The term “contact tracing” has come into wide use in the United States this year, but to those of us in public health, the phrase goes back a century. We’ve been fortunate that until now, contact tracing was more of an academic topic than everyday reality.
As New Jersey enters “Stage 2” of our recovery from COVID, we will be increasing our resources devoted to contact tracing to help keep our community safe.
What is contact tracing?
Contact tracing involves public health professionals doing investigations of infectious disease cases, both to determine their likely source, and to identify additional people who may have become infected. Contact tracing is the most effective way to stamp out new outbreaks before they become large, allowing us to reopen the economy.
The first step in contact tracing is a telephone call placed by health department staff to individuals who have been infected, to ask where they have been and who they have been in contact with. We ask for names and numbers of those additional people, so we can contact them to ask similar questions, and to provide advice about testing and quarantine, to reduce the chance for further spread.
What about contact tracing scams?
There have been instances of scams in which people have falsely posed as contact tracers to try to commit crimes. Don’t let that stop you from cooperating with legitimate contact tracing, which is intended to protect the health of you, your loved ones, and the community overall.
The best way to identify a fraudulent tracer is the questions they ask. A legitimate contact tracer will never ask you for banking information, your Social Security number, insurance information, or ask you to pay a fee. A legitimate contact tracer will also give you their own name and tell you who they are working for. If they are calling from my department you have the option to call the Montgomery Municipal building (908-359-8211) to verify that these are real Township employees.
What happens if I am at risk of infection?
If you have been exposed to a person who has tested positive, we will help you get access to testing, provide support services, and provide you with written instructions for isolation or quarantine, if needed. Self-quarantine usually lasts 2 weeks.
The whole society has essentially been “quarantined” for the last two months. Following the instructions of a contact tracer is a necessary sacrifice you can do to help your neighbors, help your community, to return to society, confident in the knowledge that infected people are being identified and quarantined until they are either recovered or tested negative.
If you receive a call from my department, please know that our foremost concern is your family’s health and welfare.
MEMS’ June 25 Blood Drive with Social Distancing
Thursday, June 25th from 1 pm to 7 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. Thank you to those who generously donated on June 6th; our time slots were completely filled!
Hosted by Montgomery EMS – Squad 47 Rescue and Princeton NJ Elks Lodge #2129
Give Blood – Save Lives, please make an appointment @
Antibody testing will be included. Please see further info in FLIER
New Stormwater Approach to Focus on Green Infrastructure:
Watch Video Presentation
On June 2nd the Montgomery Township Environmental Commission hosted a stormwater management information session on Zoom, which is available for viewing. Sophie Glovier and Michael Pisauro of The Watershed Institute presented on new stormwater management regulations adopted by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, which will replace the last rules set from 2004. Attending were members of the Township Committee, Planning Board, Zoning Board, Engineering Dept. and the general public.
The new rules supersede the 2004 criteria by now requiring the use of green infrastructure techniques (among other changes) to mitigate runoff
from regulated developments. Green infrastructure is intended to treat runoff through ground infiltration, filtration through vegetation or soil, or to store water for reuse. Some examples of green infrastructure techniques include use of drywells, cisterns, pervious pavement, small bioretention systems, small infiltration systems (i.e. rain gardens), sand filters, and vegetated rooftops. These strategies reduce erosion, downstream flooding, and water pollution.
Montgomery Township adopted the 2004 regulations with more stringent restrictions than the State required, due to our commitment to the environment. Montgomery Twp. has set a leading example in its environmental regulations, such as its critical areas ordinance. New Jersey municipalities are required to amend their Stormwater Control Ordinances by March, 2021. To continue our efforts to be a model municipality, Montgomery Township staff is already working on a draft ordinance.
To watch this presentation on demand, visit the “Specialty” tab of the Township meeting videos page, and select the June 2, 2020 Environmental Commission meeting or click on: https://montgomerynj.swagit.com/play/06022020-1095. The presentation begins at 4:40 minutes.
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TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT
No new cases since Monday, 6/1. More people are getting tested, but the “Positivity Rate” is low, which in epidemiology shows that we are more likely to be accurately catching all our cases. Also, every person going into every hospital is now getting tested for COVID pre-admission, and those tests are coming back negative as well. See top story above, “Contact Tracing in Montgomery: What You Need to Know.”
As of 9 am today, 6/10
NJ cases: 165,346
NJ deaths: 12,377
Somerset County cases: 4,698
Somerset County deaths: 431
Montgomery cases: 108
Montgomery deaths: 7
Montgomery presumed recovered: 90 a
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0
Rocky Hill presumed recovered: 6 a
Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:
Total 114 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/.