7-29: Contact Tracing, Flags for Heroes ‘20, Outdoor Movie Nights, Virtual Butterfly Fest Sat., Case Report

CONTACT TRACING PREVENTS VIRUS TRANSMISSION
Answer the call to slow the spread

The New Jersey Dept. of Health is reporting that the overall transmission rate of covid-19 has increased above 1.0 again. This means that on average, each infected person is infecting more than 1 other person before recovering from the disease. The State currently has travel advisories for 36 other states and districts/territories where COVID-19 is on the rise. How do we keep the virus contained locally?

Montgomery Township Health Department is working hard to slow the spread of COVID-19. But we can’t succeed without everyone’s cooperation.

A few minutes of your time can save the lives of those around you.

In addition to social distancing, self-quarantining when sick, and wearing a mask, one of the best tools we have is contact tracing.

If you have been exposed and you live in Montgomery Township, the Montgomery Health Dept. will be informed by your healthcare provider/testing lab. We will call you and ask you to self-quarantine at home based on when you were exposed. Please help us slow transmission by answering the call to slow the spread.

We are finding recently that some case reports are being received late enough that most of the quarantine period has past.  Prompt self-quarantine and prompt notification of probable cases allows the Health Department to start tracing ASAP to prevent related exposures before they can happen.

Be part of the solution. Self-quarantine when ill.  Answer calls from the Montgomery Health Department.  Call our COVID-19 hotline at 908-533-9319 with any questions. Thank you!

 


FLAGS FOR HEROES
Rotary Club Sept. 1-13

Flags for Heroes is designed to honor and recognize the many heroes in our lives and to lift the spirits of those who pass by or visit.  This could be a family member, teacher, veteran, first responder, healthcare or essential worker.

Sponsoring a flag in your hero’s name during Flags for Heroes is an opportunity to recognize the importance of others’ selfless contributions and to be thankful for the impact they have made. Heroes are everywhere around us including family members, teachers, healthcare workers, veterans, grocery store workers, first responders, delivery drivers, postal workers, mom & pop restauranteurs, caregivers, and so many more! Honor Your Hero!  More at www.montgomeryrotary.org or in flier below:


 

OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHTS @ LIBRARIES & SOMERSET PATRIOTS

Somerset County Library System has announced two outdoor movie nights to be held on library lawns in August, with social distancing restrictions.  Please first read important details in their press release HERE.  Movies, dates, times, and locations are as follows:

Outdoor Family Movie Night: “Toy Story 4” 

Outdoor Family Movie Night: “Frozen II”

The Somerset Patriots team is also hosting several movie nights on their ball field in Somerset, including tonight (Spies in Disguise), tomorrow night (The Princess Bride), and August 6th (Ice Age).  There is a charge per person and masks are required.  Bring blankets and chairs, the field will be set up for social distancing. More info and ticket purchase at: https://somersetpatriots.com/schedule/summermovies/

These and other area events which may be of interest to Montgomery residents are found on the Montgomery Twp. website’s community calendar at: https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/calendars/comcalendar/


WATERSHED BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL SATURDAY AUG. 1
(Virtual & Free!)

Get your wings out for the 20th annual Watershed Butterfly Festival! Every year The Watershed Institute of Pennington celebrates this day of family fun to share the joys and wonders of nature. Sadly, they cannot hold the festival in person this year but are bringing the event to you virtually instead. Join them on Aug. 1 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. for this free online event (and don’t forget to wear a butterfly costume!)

You will be treated to a live tour of the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House with Education Director Jeff Hoagland, storytelling, live music and sing-alongs, a special appearance by Lady Monarch Miss Allison, and a showcase of Butterfly Chalk art and photos of some of their biggest fans in their butterfly finery.

Any proceeds from this event help sustain work in environmental conservation, advocacy, science, and education. The Watershed Institute is a member-supported non-profit dedicated to protecting and restoring clean water and healthy environments in central New Jersey.

Follow link below for more info and to find the link to participate Saturday (Note: To participate, you must first open a free account at Zoom.us ):

https://thewatershed.org/butterfly-festival/

Learn about other area non-profit virtual events and children’s activities, as well as community-building initiatives at MontgomeryTogether.us


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There have been two (2) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Mon., 7-27-20 (spread across the age ranges).

The Montgomery Health Dept. is monitoring travelers from out-of-state ‘hot spots’ for self-quarantine.

As of 9 am today, 7/29

NJ cases: 180,766
NJ deaths: 15,798
Somerset County cases: 5,163
Somerset County deaths: 553
Montgomery cases:  134
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

13        <20
16        20-29
19        30-39
22        40-49
26        50-59
19        60-69
5        70-79
20        80+

140 confirmed and probably cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 123 presumed recovered a
–   10 currently ill
–     7 fatalities

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/

Additional $15 Million in CARES Act Funding – Small Business Recovery

Governor Phil Murphy announced today that an additional $15 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding has been made available to New Jersey small businesses struggling with the pandemic. This funding is in addition to the $100 million the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is currently administering through programs to COVID-19-impacted businesses.

“COVID-19 is first and foremost a health crisis, but also a severe economic crisis, and nowhere is that more evident than in the State’s small business community,” said Governor Murphy. “Throughout this crisis, small business owners have worked incredibly hard to adapt and protect public health while supporting their employees and families. We are committed to ensuring New Jersey’s vibrant small business community weathers this storm and emerges stronger. The additional funding announced today will support businesses as they continue to adapt to the ‘new normal’ we are living with now and lay the groundwork for a speedy and complete recovery.”

The $15 million in CARES Act funds announced today will bolster the NJEDA’s Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program, which provides grant funding for small businesses struggling with COVID-19-related challenges. Launched in early April with $10 million of NJEDA funds, the Program initially offered grants of up to $5,000 to a narrowly-targeted set of small businesses that included restaurants and in-person retail establishments.

In early June, the NJEDA used $50 million in CARES Act funds to expand Phase 1 of the grant program by $5 million and launch Phase 2 of the Grant Program with $45 million. Phase 2 expanded the Program to a significantly broader range of businesses and increased the maximum grant award to $10,000. At that time, Essex, Ocean, and Passaic Counties also provided $10 million each in CARES Act dollars to support additional grants to businesses in those counties. To ensure equitable distribution of funds, the NJEDA set aside one-third of the CARES Act funding to support qualified businesses located in one of the 715 census tracts that were eligible to be selected as a New Jersey Opportunity Zone. Targeting these census tracts will help to ensure funding goes to communities of color that have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic.

To date, more than 10,600 businesses have been approved for grants totaling more than $44 million. The program is currently oversubscribed and not accepting applications, but the NJEDA intends to use the CARES Act funding announced today to fulfill a significant portion of the applications already in the pipeline, particularly where direct federal funding was not provided to counties.

“Supporting small businesses has been the centerpiece of the NJEDA’s COVID-19 response efforts. We are committed to doing all we can to help them adapt to the challenges posed by COVID-19 and prepare for a strong recovery,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “Using additional CARES Act funding to expand our programs will provide much-needed relief for businesses who have been struggling and for employees whose jobs have been at risk.”

Today’s announcement was made at A-List Hair Studio in North Brunswick, which is co-owned by April Scelsa and Anna Pluhowski.  A-List received a $10,000 grant during Phase 2 of the Small Business Emergency Grant Program.

“With the help of the NJEDA, despite being closed for over three months, we were able to open our doors again,” said Scelsa. “The grant we received allowed us to provide the PPE we needed to keep ourselves, our staff, and our guests safe as we reopen, and to keep employees on the payroll for longer than we were able to otherwise.”

7-27-20: Interns Available to help Businesses, Hand Sanitizer Warning List, Drive-Through Testing July 30, Case Report

Counties Will Pay Young Adults to Work for Your Business with $100K Fund

Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board Will Support Businesses Hiring Interns in Somerset & Hunterdon Counties

The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board (GRWDB) is connecting young adults looking to enter the world of work with companies in need of part-time remote workers, and the GRWDB is paying the salaries. The organization, which supports employers and workers in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties, has identified 30 talented young people available for part-time remote paid internships from late July through Oct. 31, 2020, for local businesses.

The GRWDB received $105,600 in state grant funding for the summer youth program, which includes stipends for 40 youth from the two counties to work over the course of an eight-week period between the end of July and Oct. 31. In the program, each participant, who must be between the ages of 16 and 24 and can be in school or out of school, will work 25 hours per week, including four hours per week in work-readiness training.

The first cohort in this new program is beginning at the end of July. The application process for employers has been extended in an effort by the GRWDB to find more positions for participating youth intern candidates. Grant funding will cover the stipend for each intern.

For the GRWDB Summer Youth Employment Program, any employer in Hunterdon and Somerset counties with available remote part-time positions can apply. There can be some limited outdoor employment opportunities and on-site job offerings that abide by CDC guidelines, but these do not have to be included in an employer’s application.

Employers can find a link to the application on the home page of www.thegrwdb.org and on the Purchasing tab of Somerset County’s website. RFA responses are due by Thursday, Aug. 13. Interns for the second cohort are expected to start the following week.

For additional information, visit www.thegrwdb.org or contact GRWDB Job Developer Jeanne Cassano at jcassano@co.somerset,nj.us or at 908-541-5785.

Questions? Contact GRWDB Board Director Paul Grzella at grzella@co.somerset.nj.us, or 908-203-6044.

 

 

 


 

Warning on Hand Sanitizer Products with Methanol

The Somerset County Office of Emergency Management has shared an important warning. The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested. The agency is aware of adults and children ingesting hand sanitizer products contaminated with methanol that has led to recent adverse events including blindness, hospitalizations and death.

If you have recently purchased hand sanitizer, please see the link below for information including a list of products under suspicion.  (Note: Some local stores have been carrying hand sanitizer products made by Blumen, a manufacturer which is on the above/below linked list.)

https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitizers-methanol

 

 


 

Next COVID-19 Drive-thru Testing Date July 30

Residents Do Not Need a Prescription

 

Somerset County is continuing to offer drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Raritan Valley Community College, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 30.

Testing, which is free of charge, is open to Somerset County residents, age five (5) and older, by appointment only. A physician’s prescription is not required. Residents do need to bring a valid form of identification.

Appointments for July 30 must 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.

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

When coming to the testing center, residents are asked to use the main entrance to the college campus, off of Route 28.

Information about other area test sites can be found at https://bit.ly/AreaSites20 or https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/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


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There have been four (4) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Fri., 7-24-20 (spread across the age ranges).

The Montgomery Health Dept. is monitoring travelers from out-of-state ‘hot spots’ for self-quarantine.

As of 9 am today, 7/27

NJ cases: 179,812
NJ deaths: 15,804
Somerset County cases: 5,139
Somerset County deaths: 557
Montgomery cases:  132
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

13           <20
14           20-29
19           30-39
22           40-49
26           50-59
19           60-69
5           70-79
20           80+

138 confirmed and probably cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 118 presumed recovered a

–   13 currently ill

–     7 fatalities

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/

Next COVID-19 Drive-thru Testing Date July 30

Residents Do Not Need a Prescription

Somerset County is continuing to offer drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Raritan Valley Community College will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 30.

Testing, which is free of charge, is open to Somerset County residents, age five (5) and older, by appointment only. A physician’s prescription is not required. Residents do need to bring a valid form of identification.

Appointments for July 30 must 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.

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

When coming to the testing center, residents are asked to use the main entrance to the college campus, off of Route 28.

Information about other area test sites can be found at https://bit.ly/AreaSites20 or https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/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.

To stay up to date with Somerset County events and information, sign up for free email alerts at www.co.somerset.nj.us/subscribe or follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

7-24-20: Tax Bills Delayed, SAVE, Biz Video Highlights, Census, Case Report

Third Quarter Tax Bills Delayed

Please be advised, due to the delay in receiving certified tax rates from Somerset County, the mailing of the 2020 Final Property Tax Bills has been delayed.  Ample notice will be given to all residents regarding a new due date.  Please contact my office if you have any questions at (908) 359-8211 or mpitts@twp.montgomery.nj.us.

Michael W. Pitts Jr., CPA, CMFO, CTC, QPA
Chief Finance Officer  / Assistant Township Administrator / Tax Collector


 

Dog Days of Summer at SAVE Shelter

We are fortunate in Montgomery to have a well-run private animal rescue shelter. SAVE – A Friend to Homeless Animals – has been rescuing and sheltering abandoned, abused, and homeless dogs and cats in the greater Princeton area since 1941. They provide life-saving medical treatment, food, enrichment and love to hundreds of animals every year.

Please consider the many benefits of adopting a cat or dog from SAVE. You can save the life of a homeless animal and enrich your life as well. By welcoming a homeless pet into your family, you will experience the special reward of saving a shelter animal and gain the unconditional love of a new forever friend.

The shelter, located at 1010 Route 601, Skillman NJ 08558, is currently open by appointment.  They welcome visitors to meet animals currently available for adoption or to volunteer.

SAVE is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) animal shelter and does not receive funding at the local, state or federal levels.  Please tour our website and visit SAVE to learn more about the many ways you can support the shelter and help homeless animals.

SAVE is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) animal shelter and does not receive funding at the local, state or federal levels.  Please tour their website at https://savehomelessanimals.org/ and visit SAVE to learn more about the many ways you can support the shelter and help homeless animals.

 


 

Visit a Beautiful Farm or a Sushi Chef
MONTGOMERY’S VIRTUAL MAIN STREET

There are now quite a few businesses who have posted videos on MontgomeryTogether.us’ Virtual Main Street.  Take a look!  Today highlights Hidden Spring Lavender Farm, which has shared a very soothing video, and YaYa Noodles, whose social distancing technique for take-out can’t be beat!

In the videos, our local businesses showcase their products and services, as well as describing the steps they’ve implemented to protect customer safety during covid-19.

If you are a local business, and would like to send us your 30 second to 1 minute video (or need some help in developing same), email to MontgomeryTogether@montgomery.nj.us .


FAITH COMMUNITIES CENSUS WEEKEND

July 24-26 is Faith Communities Census Weekend of Action! Spread the word and make sure to fill out your census form. #FillitOut TODAY at http://2020CENSUS.GOV or call 844-330-2020 or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).

#NJCensus2020 #StrengthinNumbers #NJGOTC


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There has been one (1) new case in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Wed., 7-24-20.

The Montgomery Health Dept. is monitoring travelers from out-of-state ‘hot spots’ for self-quarantine.

As of 9 am today, 7/24

NJ cases: 178,345
NJ deaths: 15,785
Somerset County cases: 5,106
Somerset County deaths: 553
Montgomery cases:  128
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

12           <20
14           20-29
19           30-39
21           40-49
25           50-59
19           60-69
5           70-79
19           80+

134 confirmed and probably cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 114 presumed recovered a

–   13 currently ill

–     7 fatalities

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/

7-22-20: Travel List, Don’t Share Your Air, Workshops, Case Report

Travel Advisory List Expands to 31 States

Ten New States Added

To save lives and prevent the spread of COVID-19, New Jersey has issued an incoming travel advisory that all individuals entering New Jersey from states with a significant spread of COVID-19 should quarantine for 14-days after leaving that state. This includes travel by train, bus, car, plane and any other method of transportation. See related Twp. article on Air Travel & Contact Tracing.

As of Wednesday, July 22, there are currently 31 states that meet the criteria stated above:

Alabama (added 6/24/20), Alaska (7/21/20), Arkansas (6/24/20), Arizona (6/24/20), California (6/30/20), Delaware (re-added 7/21/20), Florida (6/24/20), Georgia (6/30/20), Iowa (6/30/20), Idaho (6/30/20), Indiana (7/21/20), Kansas (7/7/20), Louisiana (6/30/20), Maryland (7/21/20), Mississippi (6/30/20), Missouri (7/21/20), Montana (7/21/20), Nebraska (7/21/20), Nevada (6/30/20), New Mexico (7/14/20), North Carolina (6/24/20), North Dakota (7/21/20), Ohio (added 7/14/20), Oklahoma (7/7/20), South Carolina (6/24/20), Tennessee (6/30/20), Texas (6/24/20), Utah (6/24/20), Virginia (7/21/20), Washington (7/21/20), Wisconsin (7/14/20)

Note: Minnesota was removed from the list on 7/21/20

This list is regularly updated on the NJ COVID-19 Information Hub.


The Bottom Line: Don’t Share Your Air

Lucy Jones is a trusted voice in emergency communications. As a renowned seismologist of over three decades, she has drilled into the minds of the California public one key earthquake response. If you do nothing else, she taught, follow these basics steps: “Drop! Cover! Hold On!”

She has a similarly clear message on the coronavirus — one that we should all be listening to now as we confront a disease that we know people can carry and spread without showing any symptoms at all:

“Don’t share your air,” she says. “Wear a mask around others. Maintain distance. Simple as that.”

“… Most people are getting covid-19 from breathing in the air of an infectious person. If you can’t protect yourself from everybody else’s air, what you can do is keep your air from getting out to others,” the scientist added during an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

Here’s how that works: There are these tiny, tiny droplets that are carrying the virus … Putting a mask on your face, think of how it fogs up your glasses. That’s the moisture carrying the virus getting caught and not going out to infect someone else.

Caught in the masks the droplets also condense and thus grow heavier and drop more quickly — and thus more safely — out of the air.

It’s also worth noting that it’s easier not to share your air outside. She notes that the states that got hit hardest first were “cold places” where you mostly had to stay inside in those early months. And some of the states being hit hardest now are hot places, where people are now retreating indoors from the heat.

Given all that, if you have to focus on one key, make-or-break message, the one that can make the most impact is: Don’t share your air.

Lucy Jones ended with one final thought:

“What’s at the heart of the message about the importance of wearing masks is that it’s not about our individual needs but about our collective safety, that it requires a willingness to ‘put our common good in front of our personal discomfort’.”

Don’t share your air.  Wear a mask.  Keep your distance.

Excerpted from: “Who doesn’t trust Lucy Jones in a crisis? Here’s what she has to say about the coronavirus pandemic,Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times, June 27, 2020.


SATURDAY 7-25 WORKSHOPS ARE FULL

Please note that two remote workshops sponsored by Montgomery Township, both scheduled for July 25th, are now full and cannot take further registrants.  These are:  “Understanding and Combating Racism — Causes, Consequences, and Antidotes” with Dr. Sandra Donnay, and “Build Your Own Rainbarrel Workshop” with Erin Landis of The Watershed.  Due to popular interest we will plan to repeat these events in the future.


TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There have been zero (0) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Mon., 7-20-20.  One case was removed due to a change in jurisdiction, reducing the count.

The Montgomery Health Dept. is monitoring travelers from out-of-state ‘hot spots’ for self-quarantine.

As of 9 am today, 7/22

NJ cases: 177,645
NJ deaths: 15,707
Somerset County cases: 5,082
Somerset County deaths: 550
Montgomery cases:  127
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

12           <20
14           20-29
19           30-39
21           40-49
24           50-59
19           60-69
5           70-79
19           80+

133 confirmed and probably cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 114 presumed recovered a

–   12 currently ill

–     7 fatalities

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/

Resumption of Certain Organized Sports in Outdoor Settings

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Allowing the Resumption of Contact Practices and Competitions for Certain Organized Sports in Outdoor Settings

Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 168, allowing the resumption of contact practices and competitions in outdoor settings for organized sports defined as “high risk” by the New Jersey Department of Health’s “Guidance for Sports Activities.” Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 149 on May 29, 2020, allowing organized sports to resume on a phased-in schedule as defined by the Department of Health as “low,” “medium,” and “high risk” activities.

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, my Administration has been committed to using all of the available science, data, and facts guide New Jersey’s strategic reopening and resumption of activities,” said Governor Murphy. “Today, our data gives us confidence, that in outdoor settings and with the proper public health and safety protocols in place, contact sports can resume while protecting players, coaches, and staff.”

The order stipulates that practices and competitions must be held in outdoor settings only, and encompasses sports including football, cheerleading, group dance, rugby, boxing, judo, karate, taekwondo, and wrestling.

All sports will have to abide by a number of health and safety protocols, including screenings for athletes, coaches, and staff; limited equipment sharing; and strong requirements for disinfecting and sanitizing equipment. Additionally, sports under the oversight of either the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association or the NCAA must abide by those associations’ rules. All sporting activities are subject to the “Guidance for Sports Activities,” and such activities must comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and Executive Orders.

The order will take effect immediately.

For a copy of Executive Order No. 168, please click here.

7-20-20: Latest on Contact Tracing, Health Advisory on Heat, Pool Safety, Today’s Case Report

LATEST NEWS ON CONTACT TRACING EFFORTS

Contact tracing is an essential tool to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.  It involves public health professionals reaching out to positive 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 the latest efforts to trace air travelers visiting or returning to NJ from high-risk states?

Starting today, travelers returning to or staying in New Jersey following arrival at one of four airports in New Jersey, including Newark, Teterboro, Atlantic City and Trenton, will be asked to voluntarily complete an electronic form from NJ Dept. of Health if they have recently visited a state with widespread COVID-19 transmission.

Travelers can take the survey by:

Texting NJTRAVEL to 898211

Visiting http://covid19.nj.gov/njtravel

Scanning a QR code available at NJ airports

As a result:

  • Contact tracers will be reaching out to air travelers to coach them on quarantine to protect family, friends & others.
  • The Montgomery Health Dept. will also be offering supports to help travelers quarantine effectively.
  • Please help us to help everyone by answering the phone for our contact tracing health staff.

See details in this FAQ from the NJ Dept of Health:  COVID-19 Traveler Advisory—New Jersey Airports

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 the Health Dept. 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 contact tracing determines 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 the Health Department, please know that our foremost concern is your family’s health and welfare. Thank you for answering the call!


 

HEAT ADVISORY & COOLING TIPS FROM HEALTH DEPT.

A third straight day of 90-plus degree temperatures is occurring today in our area, although it feels like it’s more than 100 once again due to high levels of humidity.

As the temperature rises, it’s important to KEEP YOUR COOL. Know the warning signs, and treatment, of common heat-related problems.

11 TIPS TO PREVENT HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES:

  1. The elderly and young children under five years of age, especially babies under one year, are particularly sensitive to heat’s effects. Be sure to offer plenty of liquids to drink, keep them in the shade, and take care not to overdress them.
  1. GET OUT OF THE HEAT

Take advantage of air conditioned facilities such as at home or indoor shopping malls or public libraries, being careful to follow social distancing measures. A ride in an air-conditioned car can help. If you must go outside try to limit these excursions to early morning or later in the evening when temperatures are lower.

  1. STAY IN THE SHADE

When you are outdoors stay out of direct sun when possible. There can be a ten to fifteen degree difference in the temperature when you are in the shade.

  1. USE FANS, EVEN IF YOU HAVE AIR CONDITIONING

While electric fans do not cool, a fan in each room will help to circulate air and lower temperatures. If you don’t have air conditioning … create cross-ventilation by opening windows on two sides of the building, keep curtains, shades or blinds drawn during the hottest part of the day, and open windows at night. Try to spend a few hours in an air conditioned building.

  1. COOL YOUR BODY TEMPERATURE

If possible, take a cool bath or shower. Cool water will help you to dissipate body heat.

  1. WEAR LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING IN LIGHTER COLORS

Dark colors will absorb heat. Loosely woven cotton and linen (natural fibers) are much cooler than knits and synthetic fabrics.

  1. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS

Try to drink 8 – 10, 8 ounce cups of liquid daily. Carry water or juice with you and sip continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Snack on vegetables and fruit since they have a high water content.

  1. AVOID ALCOHOL AND CAFFEINE

Stay away from caffeinated beverages and alcohol, which can dehydrate the body. Alcohol may also dull your perception of the actual temperature.

  1. SALT AND ELECTROLYTES

Don’t take salt tablets unless you check with your doctor first. You get enough salt from your food or drinking a sports drink.

  1. SLIP, SLAP, SLOP

Slip on a shirt, Slop on sunscreen lotion, Slap on a hat. Wear a wide brimmed hat and dark sun glasses (100% UVA & UVB protection). When at the beach use a shade umbrella and a loose fabric cover up.

  1. PETS can be affected by the heat. Keep their water dish full, and keep them indoors or in the shade during peak hours. Never leave an animal in a locked car, even for a few minutes.

MONTGOMERY TWP. HEALTH DEPARTMENT


 

IMPORTANT POOL SAFETY REMINDERS

 The Montgomery Department of Health would like to share some important Pool Safety Reminders.  Many parents are opting to get permanent and temporary pools to keep their families active over the summer.  There has been an uptick in news stories about preventable drownings recently.  The following brochure gives guidance on appropriate precautions when using a pool:

LINK TO BROCHURE

 


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

 

Note: There have been zero (0) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Fri., 7-17-20.

The Montgomery Health Dept. is monitoring travelers from out-of-state ‘hot spots’ for self-quarantine.

As of 9 am today, 7/20

NJ cases: 176,963
NJ deaths: 15,715
Somerset County cases: 5,068
Somerset County deaths: 553
Montgomery cases:  128
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

12           <20
15           20-29
19           30-39
21           40-49
24           50-59
19           60-69
5           70-79
19           80+

134 confirmed and probably cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 115 presumed recovered a

–   12 currently ill

–     7 fatalities

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/

7-17: Library Agreement Reached, Anti-Racism Workshop 7-25, Farmers Market Sats., Main St. Feature, Case Report

MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP SIGNS AGREEMENT TO CONTINUE SERVICES AT MARY JACOBS LIBRARY

Montgomery Township Mayor Sadaf Jaffer signed an agreement today to continue library services at the Mary Jacobs Library. This agreement has been approved by Montgomery Township, Rocky Hill, the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Somerset County Library System, and the Mary Jacobs Library Foundation.

Mayor Jaffer stated: “I am especially grateful to Committee person Devra Keenan for heading up a library transition sub-committee which developed this agreement together with our partners. I also thank Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner for his role in advocating creative and cooperative solutions that will serve both the Montgomery and Rocky Hill communities. Finally, I thank Freeholder Melonie Marano for her leadership in making this happen. The Mary Jacobs Library is highly valued by many of our residents. This outcome is a win for everyone involved.”

Media coverage: https://www.themontynews.org/post/mary-jacobs-library-is-safe-for-years-to-come


THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL & REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST.

7-25 Free Workshop Filling Quickly:
Understanding and Combating Racism —  Causes, Consequences, and Antidotes

What is racism? Why do humans engage in racism and under what circumstances?  What is implicit bias?  How can you become an anti-racist?

In light of recent events, more people are becoming aware of how important it is to educate ourselves and become proactive in seeking solutions to racism in our society.  Many do not realize that they may be a part of the problem, due to passivity and complicit behaviors.

A presentation and workshop discussion on this topic, geared towards discrimination against members of the black community in particular, will be held remotely on Zoom on Saturday, July 25, 2020 from 9 AM to 3 PM, with an hour break at Noon.  The above questions will be explored and participants will discuss the realities in our society, and how to build a more resilient community. Participants will be given tools to combat prejudice and discrimination based on common stereotypes. See flier for more details. Please join us remotely on July 25th!  Advance registration is required:

Read More…


 

MFOS’ Farmers’ Market

Saturdays 9a-12p

New hours and location this season

WHERE: Village Shopper III,
1378 Route 206, Skillman (near Mooyah’s)

WHEN: Saturdays, 9 am – 12:00 pm, June 6 – October 31

Summer favorites are coming in. Many choices:

  • Fresh onions, garlic, swiss chard, tomatoes, beets, bell peppers, broccoli, and cucumbers from Fairgrown Farm, Clifford Farms, and Von Thuns
  • Sweet granola and bars from Granola Bar
  • Chicken or fruit pies from Griggstown Farms
  • CORN AND PEACHES ARE HERE! Grilled buttered corn and peach crisp here we come!
  • Have you made a delicious meal from the fresh items from our market? Send it to us and we’ll share it! E-mail your creation to our market manager, Lorette at FarmMarketManager@MontgomeryFriends.org

2020 Vendors

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.

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, herbs and flowers, soups, tomato sauce and pesto

Von Thun’s Farms: 5 generations of Von Thuns! Vegetables, berries, tree fruits

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

The Montgomery Farmers Market is operated by the MONTGOMERY FRIENDS OF OPEN SPACE. Go to their website at: https://montgomeryfriends.org/ to find out how to get involved in supporting our local farmers AND preserving open space in Montgomery.


VIRTUAL MAIN STREET VIDEO: TUMBLES GYMNASTICS

Our Virtual Main Street Video feature of the day is Tumbles Gymnastics in the Princeton North Shopping Center. Tumbles offers weekly children’s summer camps which build upon developmental and social skills in a fun and nurturing environment. The owners and staff are carefully following State covid-19 safety guidelines, cleaning procedures, and social distancing measures. Please check out their video on MontgomeryTogether.us’s Virtual Main Street.


TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There have been four (4) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report 7-15-20. Over the last week, half the new cases are under age 30.

The Montgomery Health Dept. is monitoring travelers from out-of-state ‘hot spots’ for self-quarantine.

As of 9 am today, 7/17

NJ cases: 176,551
NJ deaths: 15,684
Somerset County cases: 5,051
Somerset County deaths: 553
Montgomery cases:  128
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

12           <20
15           20-29
19           30-39
21           40-49
24           50-59
19           60-69
5           70-79
19           80+

134 confirmed and probably cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 115 presumed recovered a

–   12 currently ill

–     7 fatalities

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/