NJ Reopening News & Montgomery Case Count

NJ GYMS CAN REOPEN TOMORROW, INDOOR DINING & MOVIES FRIDAY: ALL AT 25% CAPACITY

New Jersey has now reached the latter part of Stage Two reopening, which will soon include the reopening of gyms and restaurants. In Stage Two, moderate-risk activities restart, based on transmission rates and other evaluations of risk. (Statewide Covid-19 Activity Level Chart, NJ Dept. of Health, 8-22-20)

Exec. Order #181 reopens gyms/health clubs/fitness centers, as well as amusement and water parks at 6 AM on Tuesday, September 1st.

The State of New Jersey has announced this week that restaurants may reopen for indoor dining at 25% on Friday, Sept. 4th at 6 AM, just in time for the Labor Day weekend.  Additionally, movie theaters may reopen on September 4th at 25% capacity up to a maximum of 150 people and with additional restrictions promulgated by the DOH.  Finally, certain indoor gatherings may also increase to 25% capacity up to a maximum of 150 people. Check the New Jersey COVID Info Hub where the rules on restaurant and bar reopening and movie theater and other entertainment venues reopening may be found.

When leaving home, New Jerseyans should continue to wear a face covering and keep a social distance from others.

See below executive orders and guidance regarding gyms. At bottom is a Covid-19 Activity Level Chart from NJ Dept. of Health:

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DOWNLOAD ABOVE COVID ACTIVITY LEVEL CHART FROM DEPT. OF HEALTH, 8-22-20

Click here for EXPLANATION OF STAGES OF NJ’S REOPENING PLAN.

 


TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There have been four (4) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Wednesday, 8-26-20. (There was no report last Friday.)

As of 9 am today, 8/31

NJ cases: 191,960
NJ deaths: 15,960
Somerset County cases: 5,420
Somerset County deaths: 567
Montgomery cases:  145
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 7
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

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

– 137 presumed recovereda

–     8 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/

 

 

 

 

Red Cross Blue Drive Sept. 11

Montgomery Township

  American Red Cross Blood Drive

  Friday, September 11, 2020

8am-1pm

The Otto Kaufman Community Center – 356 Skillman Road

MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT TODAY: CLICK HERE

All donors will receive an email coupon for a free haircut

at Sport Clips participating locations!

Or SIGNUP USING SMART PHONE APP

Enter sponsor code: MontgTwpOKCC

To Download App: Search “American Red Cross blood” in your App store

Please Consider donating Double Red Cells: Click Here

Tips to boost your iron level: Click Here

Donor Eligibility Guidelines: Click Here or call 1 800 RED CROSS

NOTE:  Travel outside or specific areas within U.S. may impact eligibility – call the 800# to verify

Donation Tips: Click Here

Donor Recipient Stories: Click Here

Sickle Cell Disease Donor Program: Click Here

 

Please bring picture identification and remember to eat a healthy breakfast and drink plenty of fluids before donating!

If you have any questions, please contact:  Tim Ark – timmyark@comcast.net

8-26: Residents Get High Marks for Contact Tracing Results, COVID-19 Case Report

MONTGOMERY RESIDENTS DESERVE AN “A” FOR PUBLIC HEALTH

Township Health Officer Stephanie Carey believes Montgomery residents deserve an ‘A’ for their efforts to keep our community safe by responding to contact tracing.

The health department is getting a 95% successful completion rate in response to contact tracing calls, which the department makes every time someone tests positive for Covid-19 in the community.  Health department staff call these residents to request that they share the contact info of people with whom they have been in close proximity, so that outreach may be made to others who may have had exposure.

“By comparison, most other communities are getting response rates of about two-thirds,” Health Officer Carey said.  “Montgomery’s high level of cooperation means we are better able to contain the spread, and keep our community safe.”

The speed and completeness of contact tracing is key to the effectiveness of curbing transmission.  NPR along with Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security surveyed all states in late July to ask what data they were gathering through contact tracing and making public. New Jersey Department of Health was one of 14 respondents who say they post effectiveness data on a government website, including statistics such as capacity and staff by county, outreach attempts and success rates, etc. (New Jersey Dept. of Health info posted at : https://nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml)

Researcher Crystal Watson of the Center of Health Security, collaborated with NPR on the survey, and praised New Jersey as providing data which is particularly helpful to knowing how many contacts were being reached and notified and the timing in which this was happening. Figures indicate that public health workers in New Jersey overall reached 44% of new cases within 24 hours, and nearly half of those reached refused to provide contacts. While the aim is to increase this, Ms. Watson said modeling suggests that even this level is beneficial in controlling transmission.  Montgomery Twp. Health Department is receiving a much higher cooperation from its residents (95% completion rate), which is helping to protect the community as a whole.

How does contact tracing work?

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. Health workers ask for names and numbers of those additional people, to contact them to ask similar questions, and to provide advice about testing and quarantine, to reduce the chance for further spread.

What happens if contact tracing determines I am at risk of infection?

If you have been exposed to a person who has tested positive, the Health Department staff 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.

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 are quarantining until they are either recovered or test 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!  If you have any questions, contact the Health Dept.’s Covid-19 hotline at: 908-533-9319.


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There has been one (1) new case in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Monday, 8-24-20.

As of 9 am today, 8/26     Montgomery Twp Public Health Shield

NJ cases: 190,306
NJ deaths: 15,914
Somerset County cases: 5,364
Somerset County deaths: 565
Montgomery cases:  141
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 7
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

15       <20
20       20-29
19       30-39
22       40-49
27       50-59
19       60-69
6        70-79
20       80+

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

– 134 presumed recovered a

–     7 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/

 

 

8-24: Storm Food Loss Claims, Flags for Heroes, MEMS Blood Drive Sept. 12, Census Response for the Future, COVID-19 Case Report

PSE&G TAKING CLAIMS FOR FOOD SPOILED IN STORM

PSE&G is expanding its claims policy due to the COVID-19 pandemic so that customers whose electrical service was interrupted by Tropical Storm Isaias for at least 72 hours can be reimbursed for spoiled food and medication. The deadline to submit a claim is September 16th.

FIND OUT MORE

 


 

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!

See their inspiring video – second item on the Community Initiatives page of :

MontgomeryTogether.us

More at Rotary’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MRHRotaryClub/ and website:  www.montgomeryrotary.org


MEMS BLOOD DRIVE SEPT. 12

Because of you, life doesn’t stop!
#VitalToLife

Donate Blood and we will let you know if you have the antibodies to help patients battling with Covid-19.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location – Montgomery EMS
8 Harlingen Road
Belle Mead, NJ 08502
Meeting Room

APPOINTMENTS ONLY:  You may make an appointment using the link:

https://donor.cbsblood.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/50749

For more information please contact: 908.359.4112 or giveblood@mems47.org

GOOGLE CALENDAR EVENT LINK

Donor Guidelines:

* All Donors are required to WEAR A CLOTH BASED MASK OR FACE COVERING*

* Weigh at least 110 lbs.

* Eat a meal before donation

* Bring ID

* Drink plenty of water before and after donation

For more information or to schedule a donation, call 877-258-4825 or visit vitalant.org

*Donors are required to wear face coverings to their donation. You can wear your own homemade mask or face covering, provided the cloth or homemade mask covers both your nose and mouth in alignment with updated CDC guidelines. For more CDC guidance on face coverings and how to make your own. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html


 

ENSURE A BRIGHTER FUTURE – ANSWER THE CENSUS

Did you know your response can ensure a brighter future for yourself, your family and your community? The 2020 Census is just one easy way to do that!

When you respond to the Census, you help your community gets its fair share of federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs. That funding shapes the future of EVERY community, no matter the size, location or race/faith/heritage of the people. Your community benefits the most when the Census counts EVERYONE.

Did you know our census response will impact us for 10 yrs.? More than $45 billion in annual federal funding New Jersey’s communities receive each year for programs and services.

  • Join with your friends, neighbors and their families and fill it out online at GOV or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English), 844-468-2020 (Spanish) or any of the other language numbers listed at CENSUS.NJ.GOV.
  • Don’t forget: Census takers are knocking on doors NOW across the state of households that have not yet responded. You can eliminate the need for Census takers to follow up in person by responding to the Census now – online, by phone or by mail.


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There have been three (3) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Wednesday, 8-19-20.

As of 9 am today, 8/24

NJ cases: 189,719
NJ deaths: 15,949
Somerset County cases: 5,351
Somerset County deaths: 564
Montgomery cases:  140
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 7
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

14       <20
20       20-29
19       30-39
22       40-49
27       50-59
19       60-69
6        70-79
20       80+

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

– 134 presumed recovered a

–     6 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/

 

SBA Announces New Reduced 504 Loan Debenture Rates

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced updated interest rates for its 504 Loan Program offered by Certified Development Companies (CDC), allowing small businesses to apply for the lowest interest rates since July 2018, by offering 20 and 25-year interest rates at 2.214% and 2.269%, respectively.

Small businesses looking for information on how to expand their business’s real estate or improve their working capital should visit: https://www.sba.gov/brand/assets/sba/sba-lenders/504-Loan-Fact-Sheet-Borrower-Version.pdf

The 504 Loan Program is an SBA business loan program authorized under Title V of the Small Business Investment Act of 1958, 15 U.S.C. 695 et seq. The core mission of the 504 Loan Program is to provide long-term financing to small businesses for the purchase or improvement of land, buildings, and major equipment, to facilitate the creation or retention of jobs and to support local economic development. Under the 504 Loan Program, loans are made in conjunction with private sector lenders to small businesses by CDCs, which are certified and regulated by the SBA to promote economic development within their community.

8-19: Senior Grab & Go Lunches, Landlord Grants, Spotted Lanternfly, COVID-19 Case Report

SENIOR GRAB & GO CURBSIDE LUNCHES

The Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services is providing free, nutritious meals to Senior Wellness Center participants through the “Grab and Go Curbside Lunch Program” as an alternative to congregate dining due to COVID-19 restrictions. This program is available every Tuesday and Thursday beginning on August 20th.

The Grab and Go Curbside Lunch Program provides registered Senior Wellness Center participants with an option to order boxed lunch and/or frozen meal(s), with both meals available with or without meat. Each meal meets one-third (1/3) of the daily nutritional requirements of an older adult (60+).

Meals are available at all six, county-operated Senior Wellness Centers on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Reservations are required, and are available by calling the nearest Senior Center by 10 a.m. the day before meal pick up. Senior Centers are closed on weekends, so reservations will only be taken on weekdays. Upon arrival on the day of pickup, Grab and Go participants should call the Senior Center and follow their directions to pick up their meals from the curbside of the center.

The six “Grab and Go Curbside Lunch Program” locations are:

  • Montgomery Senior Center – 356 Skillman Road, Skillman (across from Montgomery High School); 609-466-0846
  • Senior Wellness Center at Basking Ridge – 202 Mount Airy Road, Basking Ridge (on the VNA Campus); (908) 203-6101
  • Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater – 876 East Main Street, Bridgewater (next to TD Bank Ballpark); (908) 204-3435
  • Senior Wellness Center at Hillsborough – 339 South Branch Road, Hillsborough (diagonal from the YMCA); (908) 369-8700
  • Quail Brook Senior Center – 625 New Brunswick Road, Somerset (on the golf course); (732) 563-4213
  • Warrenbrook Senior Center – 500 Warrenville Road, Warren (on the golf course); (908) 753-9440

Residents who are eligible to participate in a Senior Wellness Program but have not yet registered may do so by calling the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services at (908) 704-6346.

Also, to learn about eligibility for the SENIOR VOUCHERS for $30 of fresh farm produce at participating area Farmer’s Markets, including the Montgomery Farmer’s Market, go to:

https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/senior-vouchers-for-fresh-produce-farmers-markets/


 

LANDLORD EMERGENCY GRANT PROGRAM OPENS TODAY
One Week Window to Apply

Today the application portal for the Small Landlord Emergency Grant (SLEG) Program opened. It will remain open through August 26th.

The program will reimburse qualified small residential rental property owners for lost rent revenue due to COVID-19 between April and July 2020.

Applications are not first come, first served but are open for the week.  The NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency urges applicants to prepare your documents and make sure you’re ready to apply. It is more important to have your application be correct and accurate than it is to submit early.

Apply at:  https://njhousing.gov/rentals/sleg/

First view the Application Checklist at: https://njhousing.gov/rentals/sleg/checklist/

High application volumes are anticipated. If you are unable to submit your application, please try again later. Please note that the application period ends August 26 at 1 PM.


BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR THE SPOTTED LANTERNFLY

The spotted lanternfly, an invasive fly from Asia that kills trees and crops has been found in our vicinity in New Jersey.

If you see a spotted lanternfly, report it and, kill it!

If you find any life stage of spotted lanternfly, you should try to destroy it. This insect is a threat to many trees and crops and we need help from everyone to try to prevent it from spreading.

*New Jersey Spotted Lanternfly* (Dept. of Agriculture) is currently not monitoring their telephone hotline due to COVID 19 furloughs so please email: slanternfly@njaes.rutgers.edu, with details of your sighting and your contact information.”

For photos and more information:

https://njaes.rutgers.edu/spotted-lanternfly/

How to build a low-cost trap to save a tree:

https://extension.psu.edu/how-to-build-a-new-style-spotted-lanternfly-circle-trap?fbclid=IwAR0AtJRvrwspRDe0p3ZYWfoFKTGMbgQdAkBicFDnQ2PFm2dslmi6J7NNWTo

– The Montgomery Shade Tree Committee


 

 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There has been one (1) new case in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Monday, 8-17-20.  Our next report will be next Monday, August 24th (ie. no Friday report this week.)

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

As of 9 am today, 8/19

NJ cases: 188,427
NJ deaths: 15,926
Somerset County cases: 5,329
Somerset County deaths: 565
Montgomery cases:  137
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 7
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

14       <20
18       20-29
19       30-39
22       40-49
26       50-59
19       60-69
6        70-79
20       80+

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

– 134 presumed recovered a

–     3 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/

8-17: Kindness Rocks Program, Energy Aggregation Round to End, Car Theft Prevention, Case Report

Kindness Rocks to Create a Path of Hope

The Montgomery Recreation Department is working with local artists to create a Path of Hope within the Montgomery community as a response to these unusual times. This path will be created by using stones painted by adults and children and placed around the trees and Meditation Garden at the Otto Kaufman Community Center (OKCC), 356 Skillman Road, Skillman.

A version of this idea dates back before the pandemic to 2018 with an international movement known as “Kindness Rocks,” as described on the Today Show.

Participation is easy!  Just find stones you like and use acrylic paints or permanent markers to create a design on the stone. Add your name if you like and finish your work of art with varnish to weather-proof. Then you can go to the OKCC and place your stones in areas allocated for the path, and while doing so you can admire the work of the others too! Just be sure to maintain social distance from other people who do not live with you.

The idea is to bring the community together through this artistic initiative.

“Art heals, its calms and inspires,” explains Spriha Gupta, a Montgomery artist, who proposed the project to the township. “The process of drawing is very freeing and we can express ourselves better through drawing or painting at times than in words. It’s a wonderful way to share your emotions with the family and contribute to the community as each pebble will add to the path of hope.

We will come out stronger together,” Gupta said.

Read more about this and other community initiatives on Montgomery Together at: https://montgomerytogether.us/community-initiatives/


 

Energy Aggregation Program Round #3 to End

Montgomery Township is winding down a 15-month round of energy aggregation, which expires in September. While very pleased with the savings of Round III, the Township is not renewing the program at this time and all customers will be returned to PSE&G due to current market conditions.

The Township went to the market and bid for a new residential third-party electrical supplier, as has been done before the end of every round. The bids received were not competitive with the current PSE&G rate. When our current third-party contract with Constellation New Energy expires, residents in the program will see their bills reflect the return to PSE&G for their electrical supply. Residents in the program will receive a notice by mail from PSE&G in August. The transition should be seamless and there is nothing further that residents need to do.

The Township will check market conditions in 2021 to see if the energy market is more competitive and will rebid if warranted.

For a more detailed explanation of the status, please read this status summary:

Montgomery Community Energy Aggregation Program Round III Update – August 2020

Full program history found at: https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/about-montgomery/energy-aggregation-program/. Any questions may be directed to our energy consultant, Gabel Associations, at (855) 365-0770.


 

Police Safety Reminders

Tips to Avoid a Car Burglary or Theft

1.) Lock your doors, roll up your windows. Suspects often look for unlocked cars, as well as sheds and garage doors.

2.) Turn off your car. Never leave your car running or left unattended and take your keys out of the ignition.

3.) Take your valuables. Don’t leave valuables in the vehicle, or in plain sight. Even change in a cup holder can attract a thief. Police also note that it’s important to keep personal documents, checkbooks, and driver’s licenses in your possession at all times.

4.) Hide your things. If you can’t bring everything with you, hide it in the trunk, under the seat or out of view.

5.) Keep your keys with you. If someone has access to your home who you don’t want to drive your vehicle, make sure the keys are not available.

6.) Park in secure areas. Keep your vehicle in the garage or in the driveway. Try to avoid parking in the street if possible. Park in a well-lit area or a section with motion lights.

7.) If you have a car alarm, don’t forget to activate it. If you don’t have one, consider getting one.

8.) Get a vehicle locator. For stolen vehicles, consider having some type of vehicle locator installed, such as LoJack.

9.) Report anything suspicious. Anyone wishing to report suspicious behavior should call 9-11 immediately. Those wishing to report sighting of potential suspects should contact Det./Sgt. Brian Hofacker at 908.359.3222. There is also an anonymous tip line you can access to get out info to reduce crime. Call Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 888-577-TIPS (8477).


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There have been zero (0) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Friday, 8-14-20.

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

As of 9 am today, 8/17

NJ cases: 187,455
NJ deaths: 15,903
Somerset County cases: 5,307
Somerset County deaths: 565
Montgomery cases:  136
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 7
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

13       <20
18       20-29
19       30-39
22       40-49
26       50-59
19       60-69
6        70-79
20       80+

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

– 133 presumed recovered a

–     3 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/

 

8-14: Business PPE Program, School Supply Drive, Montgomery’s Michael Petrane in Concert, Case Report

Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program

The first phase of the New Jersey Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program has been announced, designed to ensure that the State’s small businesses and non-profits have access to the fairly priced personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary to facilitate safe working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The phase was approved by the NJEDA’s Board today, advancing this initial step of a $15 million initiative to address ongoing demand for PPE.

For more information, go to covid19.nj.gov/ppe


NJ Legislature District 16
Back-to-School Virtual Drive

Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker and Assemblyman Roy Freiman are conducting a Virtual School Supplies Drive. It is an easy, COVID safe, and personalized way to support the school district of your choice. All that is required is a small act of kindness on your part.

The assemblymen have teamed up with an online donations platform called YouGiveGoods. Just go to the donations webpage https://yougivegoods.com/njlegd16-bts, choose the school district you would like to support (Montgomery Township is included), and click on SHOP to purchase the goods you would like to donate. You will be emailed a tax receipt at the time of purchase. All goods ordered online will be shipped directly to each school district after the drive ends, and the district will distribute the items to the kids in need.

The legislators have announced an ambitious goal of collecting 2,000 items by August 31st. (At time of print, there were no donations to Montgomery schools yet, so let’s change that for families in need!) Help achieve the goal and put much needed smiles on the faces of many children during these unsettling times.


Piano Man brings Joy to Montgomery Neighborhood

16-year-old Michael Petrane of Skillman performs classic rock tunes on his neighborhood street for family and friends — from a safe social distance of course. With live entertainment virtually non-existent due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a welcome diversion. NJ.com came for a visit to see a performance and meet Michael and his family.

See this video by Andre Malok | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com on the Community Showcase page of MontgomeryTogether.us at:

https://www.nj.com/togethernj/2020/08/sidewalk-classic-rock-concerts-bring-joy-to-nj-neighborhood-during-coronavirus-closures.html


TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There have been zero (0) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Wednesday, 8-12-20.

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

As of 9 am today, 8/14

NJ cases: 186,594
NJ deaths: 15,893
Somerset County cases: 5,282
Somerset County deaths: 564
Montgomery cases:  136
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 7
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

13           <20
18           20-29
19           30-39
22           40-49
26           50-59
19           60-69
6           70-79
20           80+

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

– 133 presumed recovered a

–     3 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/

 

Covid-19 Testing @ RVCC August 20

Somerset County in collaboration with Raritan Valley Community College will be holding a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site on*:

  • Thursday, August 20th

*Additional dates will be offered based on availability of resources.

Testing is by appointment only and proof of residency is required.  Anyone without an appointment will be turned away. Testing is free of charge and is only available for Somerset County residents, age five (5) and older. The testing site location is Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg.  When coming to the testing center, residents are asked to use the main entrance to the college campus, off of Route 28.

Appointments can be made online at https://somerset-hunterdon.adlabscovidtest.comResidents without computer access or wishing to schedule an appointment for children age 5-18 should call the Somerset County COVID-19 drive-thru testing information line at 908-203-6014. The information line is available Monday-Friday, from 9 AM to 1PM, expect on holidays.

*Testing Thursday, August 13th was canceled due to thunder storms.

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For the safety, health and security of staff and volunteers, patients must arrive by car. The testing site will not allow entry if residents don’t arrive in a vehicle, even if they have a valid driver’s license and an appointment.

Read more at: https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/public-health-safety/health-department/services/disease-prevention/covid-testing-site

Source: Somerset County Dept. of Health

8-12: Summer Reading, Help for Landlords/Tenants, Census Workers Going Door-to-Door, Case Report

What Are You Reading This Summer?
Municipal Leaders Share Their Favorite Books

It’s important to keep an active, calm mind in times of heightened alerts, such as the current Covid-19 situation.  Pleasure reading is one way to take a mental break and get away from it all with whatever reading material engages you.  This summer we asked Montgomery Township officials and staff to share about any favorite books they were reading, in order to encourage our residents to pick up a book as time allows.  Mayor Sadaf Jaffer, Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner, Committee member Catherine Gural, and Committee member Devra Keenan are among those who shared favorite reads. Go to this link to find out what’s on their book lists and why:

ACTIVE MIND PAGE, MONTGOMERYTOGETHER.US


 


Small Landlord Emergency Grant Program – Apply 8/19 to 8/26

New Jersey’s Small Landlord Emergency Grant (SLEG) Program can reimburse small residential rental property owners for lost rent revenue due to COVID-19 between April and July 2020. By passing the benefit on to their tenants and forgiving outstanding back rent and late fees, landlords will not only receive necessary funds to stay afloat, but will also continue to provide stable housing in what has become an unstable time.

The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency is proud to join the effort in providing much-needed relief to New Jerseyans who have felt the economic impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency. NJHMFA recognizes there is a long road ahead and is dedicated to maintaining housing stability and the health of our communities.

One-third of program funds will be reserved for applicants who are registered in DCA’s RIMS database as individual or family owners. Qualified applicants must meet the following specifications:

  • Owners with properties that have at least 3 but no more than 10 total housing units;
  • Owners with properties that are not seasonal or vacation rentals;
  • Properties must have current fire inspection certificates as of March 9, 2020;
  • Owners of properties with at least one non-vacant rental unit impacted by COVID-19 between April and July 2020; and
  • Owners with properties that have low- to moderate-income rent levels or rent based on up to 80% of the median area income.

Learn more https://njhousing.gov/rentals/sleg/

Please note that the SLEG application period begins August 19 and ends August 26.

HELP FOR TENANTS

If you are a tenant who has had difficulty making rent due to COVID-19-related circumstances, please tell your landlord about the above program.  Also, see our earlier article about Somerset County’s Emergency Rental Reimbursement Program for tenants, which can provide up to $3,000 or three month’s rental assistance since March:

https://montgomerytogether.us/cdbg-cv-emergency-rental-relief-err-program/


Census Taker Door-to-Door Visits Begin Nationwide

This week, the U.S. Census Bureau began following up with households nationwide that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. Up to 500,000 census takers across the country will go door to door to assist people in responding to the 2020 Census.  Montgomery Township’s current self-response rate is 78.4% overall so 21.4% of households may be receiving multiple visits. Thank you to those who have responded already. (see RESPONSE RATE MAP )

  • If a resident doesn’t want an in-person visit, they can simply fill out the census response at 2020census.gov
  • The census is ending a month early this year, at the end of September, so the activity over the next 6 weeks will be more intense.
  • The census includes no questions about citizenship or legal status of the residents. Census information is confidential by law for 72 years with significant fines and jail time for violations.  It’s 10 questions and takes 10 minutes to fill out.  There is a sample response form on the census website for residents to review.

What Households Can Expect from Census Workers

In most cases, census workers will make up to six attempts at each housing unit address to count possible residents. This includes leaving notification of the attempted visit on the door. The notification will include reminder information on how to respond online, by paper or by phone. In addition, census workers may try to reach the household by phone to conduct the interview.

Census takers will go to great lengths to ensure that no one is missed in the census. After exhausting their efforts to do an in-person interview with a resident of an occupied housing unit, they will seek out proxy sources — a neighbor, a rental agent, a building manager or some other knowledgeable person familiar with the housing unit — to obtain as much basic information about the occupants as they can.

Census takers are hired from local communities. All census takers speak English, and many are bilingual. If a census taker does not speak the householder’s language, the household may request a return visit from a census taker who does. Census takers will also have materials on hand to help identify the household’s language.

How to Identify Census Takers

Census takers can be easily identified by a valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date on the badge. To confirm a census taker’s identity, the public may contact their regional census center to speak with a Census Bureau representative.

… Read Full Census Press Release


TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There has been one (1) new case in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Monday, 8-10-20.Montgomery Twp Public Health Shield

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

As of 9 am today, 8/12

NJ cases: 185,938
NJ deaths: 15,875
Somerset County cases: 5,275
Somerset County deaths: 564
Montgomery cases:  136
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 7
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

13        <20
18        20-29
19        30-39
22        40-49
26        50-59
19        60-69
6        70-79
20        80+

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

– 133 presumed recovered a

–     3 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/