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.

In May 2020, Governor Murphy established the Restart and Recovery Commission and Restart and Recovery Council to guide New Jersey’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Both the Commission and the Council highlighted the need for readily available, reasonably priced, and equitably distributed PPE to accelerate a safe and robust economic recovery. The NJEDA also received input on the PPE Access Program from the Senate Fiscal Strategists Committee.

“Business owners and company leaders have enough on their plates as they navigate operating with new protocols in place to safeguard the health of their customers and staff,” said Governor Murphy. “We are taking this step to make finding and securing PPE and other safeguarding supplies easier for business owners, so they can focus on rebuilding their businesses and ensuring their future success.”

Under the Program’s first phase, the State will launch a new website that provides micro and small businesses with the information needed to make easier and better PPE sourcing decision.  The website will also offer a vetted list of online retailers that have agreed to verify the quality of the PPE they are selling and offer at least a 10% discount to businesses who enter through the State’s website.  Online retailers will be vetted on a first-come, first serve basis by the NJEDA, and must agree to certain performance standards for their site (e.g., transparent pricing, high-quality products, etc.).  Vetted online retailers will also be eligible to access an NJDEA grant pool of up to $3.5M to support the purchase of PPE that is manufactured in New Jersey or sourced from a small wholesaler based in a historically underserved community.

Assuming the first phase of the program is successful, the NJEDA intends to expand the program with a $11M of support for micro and small businesses PPE purchases.  The intent is for this support to flow directly through the vetted online vendors, allowing users to access the grant funds at the time of their online checkout.  Through this innovative public-private approach, the State anticipates that it could support more than $45 million in PPE purchases and more than 50,000 small and micro businesses.

“The NJEDA’s top priority throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been helping the smallest of businesses face the unique challenges posed by this public health and economic crisis, including keeping their employees and customers safe,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “Ensuring sufficient access to quality, affordable PPE is essential to allowing businesses of all sizes to reopen safely.”

During March and April, New Jersey saw an unprecedented spike in the demand for PPE, largely driven by the healthcare sector. Today the availability of PPE has improved, but as more parts of the economy reopen and other U.S. States face spikes in COVID-19 cases, demand for PPE to protect employees and customers has surged.  The resulting shortages and increased prices disproportionately effect small businesses and organizations and those in historically underserved communities.

“Dependable, convenient access to PPE supplies is a key determinant of our ability to manage the spread of COVID-19 and the viability of any plan to reopen the state’s small businesses,” said New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. “This proactive approach will help to alleviate the burden on business owners of finding reliable providers so they can focus on getting back to work.”

In June the NJEDA issued a Request for Information (RFI) to gather input and suggestions that could help to shape a possible program to ensure small businesses had sufficient access to PPE. Taking this feedback into account, the NJEDA crafted the NJ Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program to ensure access to affordable PPE, help business owners understand the specific safety equipment they need, and support the state’s manufacturing sector by encouraging PPE suppliers to manufacture products in New Jersey.

“The NJ Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program will help businesses identify and acquire the safety equipment they need while providing a much-needed boost for New Jersey’s manufacturers and smaller wholesalers,” said Tony Coscia, Partner and Executive Committee Member, Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP. “The program will ensure increased efficiency and equity on both the distribution and procurement sides of the PPE equation.”

Coscia serves as Co-Chair of Governor Murphy’s Restart and Recovery Commission Economics and Fiscal Policy Working Group.

“While we have all faced daunting challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, small business owners and their employees have undoubtedly been hit the hardest. As we take steps toward recovery, it is important that we make sure these businesses are able to reopen and operate safely,” said Senator Paul Sarlo. “The PPE Access Program is an important tool that will help us achieve these goals by ensuring small businesses are able to get the protective equipment they need to get back to work while keeping their employees and customers safe.”

“Access to personal protective equipment, and the cost associated with it, has been one of my biggest concerns since the onset of this pandemic. Our smallest businesses are struggling as it is, and while they work to outfit their employees with PPE they’re all too often faced with shipping delays and exorbitant prices, compromising the safety of their employees and further stretching their already tight budgets,” said Senator Teresa Ruiz. “This marketplace will help to ensure access to masks and other protective equipment by offering quicker turn-around times and more reasonable prices, protecting our businesses, their employees, and their customers. I am glad the NJEDA worked with the legislature and implemented this initiative.”

“I applaud the NJEDA for working cooperatively with members of the Senate Fiscal Strategists Committee to help our small businesses and nonprofits secure discounted PPE,” said Senator Troy Singleton. “As we work to rebuild our economy, continued cooperation amongst all layers of government will be required to achieve the goal of getting New Jersey fully back to work. There is more that needs to be done, but today’s announcement is another important and key step towards turning that goal into a reality.”

“Small businesses on Main Streets across New Jersey need access to stable supplies of affordable personal protective equipment to ensure the health and safety of their customers and employees,” said Senator Steve Oroho. “This new program from the NJEDA will help our local mom-and-pop shops to purchase the PPE they need at discounted rates. This will help them to comply with safety protocols that align with CDC guidelines, providing the opportunity to compete and thrive during this unprecedented crisis.”

“As co-chair of the Legislative Manufacturing Caucus, I believe that the creation of the NJ Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program is an essential project for the State of New Jersey. Ensuring reliable and affordable access to PPE for the state’s smallest businesses and non-profits will allow them to keep their workers and customers safe. The program will also support purchase of PPE from New Jersey-based manufacturers and from underserved communities,” said Senator Linda R. Greenstein, Chair of the Legislative Manufacturing Caucus. “During the height of the pandemic, we became aware of the lack of access to PPE and the fact that many purchasers were going out of state to buy needed items, leaving New Jersey manufacturers without customers. This program will remedy many of these problems.”

“I applaud the NJEDA for taking the initiative to create a program to meet the need for PPE at this time,” said Senator Vin Gopal. “The NJ PPE Access Program will streamline the process to obtain PPE at fair prices and help businesses stay afloat. Any business that wants to function has to have personal protective equipment to protect not only the consumers but the staff as well. Thank you to the NJEDA for listening to the concerns of the businesses in our state.”

Applications for the online retailers to participate in the program are expected to launch as soon as possible. The public facing website, including small business decision-making tools and vetted discounted retailers will follow by early-to-mid December. More information can be found on the State’s COVID19.nj.gov website.

To support the expansion of local PPE manufacturing in New Jersey, the NJEDA will provide grant funding to subsidize up to 20% of the purchases of PPE that has been (i) manufactured or assembled in New Jersey or (ii) sources from a wholesaler with less than 25 employees and is located in a historically underserved community (Opportunity Zone Eligible census tracts). Throughout the pandemic, NJEDA has been working closely with the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP) to identify and support companies that make or have pivoted to make PPE, many of which could supply New Jersey-made goods to the Program’s vetted online vendors.

The NJEDA is setting aside an additional $0.5 million for program development, marketing, administration, and compliance.

EDA to Provide $15 M in new CARES Act Funding to Businesses

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced that its Board has approved the use of $15.3 million in Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Emergency Security (CARES) Act funding to provide grants through the Authority’s Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program to businesses located in 12 New Jersey counties that did not receive direct allocations of CARES Act funding from the federal government. The funds will be added to the more than $100 million the NJEDA is currently administering to support COVID-19-impacted businesses.

“Helping small businesses and their employees withstand the immediate economic impact of COVID-19 and prepare for a safe and strong recovery is central to the NJEDA’s pandemic response,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “Using this additional CARES Act funding to expand our Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program will allow us to provide much-needed relief for business owners who have been struggling and employees whose jobs have been at risk. Focusing on counties that did not receive direct federal aid will also help to ensure resources are distributed fairly to businesses in all regions of the state.”

To date, more than 11,500 businesses have been approved for grants totaling more than $36.5 million through the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program. 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.

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.

The additional $15.3 million approved for use today will go toward fulfilling eligible Phase 2 grant applications from businesses located in the 12 New Jersey counties that did not receive direct CARES Act funding allocations from the federal government: Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Morris, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren.

The remaining nine counties previously received their own separate allocations of CARES Act funds. Essex, Ocean and Passaic counties contributed $10 million each to the NJEDA to allocate to businesses in those three counties through Phase 2 of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program. Bergen, Camden, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Passaic, and Union counties are spending the funds on other COVID-19 relief programs.

In addition to approving the use of the $15.3 million in new CARES Act funding to provide grants through the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program, the NJEDA Board also today delegated authority to the NJEDA Chief Executive Officer to direct any other governmental funding or unrestricted gifts or grants that the Authority may accept for the Grant Program to be administered as grants to eligible businesses in the 12 counties that did not receive direct allocations of CARES Act funding.

Comprehensive information about New Jersey’s coronavirus response is available at https://cv.business.nj.gov.

8-10: Warning on Parties, Mayor’s Video Interview, Cooling Center a Big Help, Case Report

Health Office Warns of COVID Spread by Indoor Parties

When care is not taken, any party can become a ‘virus spreader’ event. It is only natural to want to enjoy the company of friends, especially in the summertime. It seems some young people especially are feeling impatient.  Covid-19 figures indicate that teens and those in their twenties are catching the virus more frequently recently.  For the first three weeks of July, the percentage of cases among the age group 18 to 29 was 24% to 33%, up from 12% in April. There are also indications of long-term health impacts after recovery.  Read this article which quotes New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli on the matter:

https://www.njspotlight.com/news/growing-alarm-over-indoor-parties-as-covid-infects-more-young-people/

Play it safe.  Be patient.  If you host or attend a social gathering you feel is necessary, try to do so outdoors*, with masks, and lots of space.  You will never regret being extra careful at this time (but you might regret not doing so). See the below tips on hosting or attending a gathering.

*Indoor gatherings are now limited in the State of NJ to a maximum of 25 persons with few exceptions.

TIPS ON SAFE GATHERINGS


Mayor’s Interview with Deputy Public Health Officer Devangi Patel

August is typically a month of social gatherings or travel for many. However, precautions on gatherings and travel are being advised by the Township Health Office. Can you host or attend a party safely at this time? Find out the current status of COVID-19 in town and learn some sound guidance from Deputy Health Officer Devangi Patel as she is interviewed by Montgomery Twp. Mayor Sadaf Jaffer:

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RESIDENTS COOL OFF AT CENTER AFTER STORM

The Otto Kauffman Community Center was opened as a much needed Cooling Center last Wednesday until Sunday and many residents, finding themselves suddenly without power after Tropical Storm Isaias, were glad of the opportunity.

Recreation Director Karen Zimmerman stated that over 100 visitors came to Otto Kaufman to cool off, charge phones, and get some cool water. Residents had to sign in with name, address, and phone number for contact tracing purposes, wear masks, and socially distance.

“Many people came to work on their tablets or laptops. So we spread out make-shift charging stations, setting up tables in the gym and hallways; wherever there was an outlet – even outside,” Karen said.

There were those who wished to remain out-of-doors due to Covid-19 and a tent with charging area was set up for them.  Others chose to sit in their cars and connect to the Center’s Wi-Fi.

According to Police, there are only two homes still known to be without power at this time in Montgomery. Everyone is cautioned to take care with any food which defrosted during the outage. A good rule of thumb is: “When in doubt, throw it out.”

“We were hit hard but we got through this by working together as a community,” said Mayor Sadaf Jaffer, “Thank you to our Recreation staff for everything they did to assist impacted residents.”

 


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There have been zero (0) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Friday, 8-07-20.

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

As of 9 am today, 8/10

NJ cases: 185,031
NJ deaths: 15,878
Somerset County cases: 5,253
Somerset County deaths: 561
Montgomery cases:  136
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
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
5        70-79
20        80+

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

– 133 presumed recovered a

–     2 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/

8-07: Storm Recovery, Tax Grace Period Extended, Farmer’s Market Video, MEMS Blood Drive, Case Report

Storm Recovery Update & Municipal Resources

As of this morning, 90% of PSE&G customers have had power restored from Tuesday’s storm; however, there are still households in Montgomery without power and many trees have suffered wind damage.  The Township will continue to focus its emergency personnel and resources so that needed services may be provided to residents in the coming days (details below).

Mayor Sadaf Jaffer stated, “I understand the difficulties faced by community members in light of Tropical Storm Isaias. I would like to thank our public works department for their efforts in clearing debris as well as the Police Department and EMS for all their work including providing necessary resources to residents. Finally thanks to the staff of the Otto Kauffman Community Center for operating as a cooling, charging, and internet connectivity center as we continue to recover from this powerful storm.”

Beginning Monday August 10th DPW will be picking up tree branches/debris from the Isaias storm. This will include state and county roads.

  • Place branches curbside in a pile, not in the street, by Monday.
  • Branches must be NO longer than 3 feet in length. If the branches are longer than 3 feet they will be left at the curb.

The Otto Kauffman Community Center, 356 Skillman Rd, Skillman, NJ 08558, will be open as a cooling, charging, and internet connectivity center Sat. (8/8) & Sun. (8/9) 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Residents must sign in with name, address, and phone number for contact tracing purposes, wear masks and socially distance.

Potable water is available near the wheelchair ramp in front of the Montgomery Township Municipal Building at 2261 Rt. 206, Belle Mead, NJ 08502.

Thank you for your cooperation as we assist residents in recovering from the storm.


Quarterly Property Tax Period Extended

Dear Property Owners:

Please be advised, Montgomery Township has received necessary tax figures from Somerset County and tax bills will go out next week for the second half of 2020.  Unless otherwise stated on the bill, the 3rd quarter billing will be due August 1, 2020 with a grace period ending September 10, 2020. (The usual 10 day grace period has been extended due to the date of mailing.)

Any payment received after 9/10/2020 will be charged interest from 8/1/2020.

The 4th quarter billing will be due November 1 with a grace period ending November 10, as usual.  Please make a note of it.

The Township’s online payment portal is available for payment of taxes or sewer fees (2.99% convenience fees for credit card payments, no fee to pay by e-check).

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions.  Thank you and stay safe.

Thank you,

Michael W. Pitts Jr., CPA, CMFO, CTC, QPA
Chief Finance Officer  / Assistant Township Administrator / Tax Collector
Montgomery Township
mpitts@twp.montgomery.nj.us


 

NATIONAL FARMERS MARKET WEEK
Watch Video & Shop Saturday’s Market @ Village Shopper

Because this is National Farmers Market Week, today on Virtual Main Street we feature the Montgomery Farmers Market. Our town’s weekly outdoor farmer’s market is held 9 am to 12 noon at the Village Shopper parking lot near MooYa every Saturday through October. It has been run for 18 years by local non-profit Montgomery Friends of Open Space.

Get an idea what it’s like to shop at the market safely by watching this spotlight video found on the Virtual Main St. page of the Montgomery Together website at :

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


Vitalant and Montgomery EMS Blood Drive

We are in need of all blood types!

Location – Montgomery EMS
Thursday, August 13, 2020 (01:00 pm – 07:00 pm)
8 Harlingen Road
Belle Mead, NJ 08502
Meeting Room

Schedule your appointment online at https://donor.cbsblood.org/donor/auth/signin or call 201-251-3703. Appointments Strongly Recommended. Complimentary cholesterol screenings for all donors.

In alignment with the updated CDC guidelines, donors will now be 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

If you are unable to wear a covering or mask, we ask that you postpone your donation to a later date.

All Blood Donors Receive COVID-19 Antibody Testing!

Your blood donation delivers DOUBLE the good when you save lives and learn your COVID-19 antibody status! Donate and your blood donation will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies.

Please allow at least 2 weeks of processing time for your results to become available in the Wellness Center.

About the importance of donating blood: https://www.vitalant.org/Learn/Blood-Basics.aspx

Thank you for supporting your community!

 


TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There have been zero (0) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report from Wednesday, 8-05-20.

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

As of 9 am today, 8/07

NJ cases: 184,061
NJ deaths: 15,860
Somerset County cases: 5,223
Somerset County deaths: 562
Montgomery cases:  136
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
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
5        70-79
20        80+

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

– 126 presumed recovered a

–     9 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/.

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/

NJHMFA’s Small Landlord Emergency Grant Program

Governor Murphy announced the Small Landlord Emergency Grant (SLEG) Program, which will 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.

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

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

8-06: New Normal, Twp. Com. Mtg. Tonight, Virtual Main St.: Coder School, Case Report

HOW TO LIVE IN OUR NEW NORMAL

Interview with local expert on controlling the spread of the virus and saving lives 

The following link is to an article by Dr. Martin Blaser, director of Rutgers’ Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine and professor of medicine and microbiology. Health Officer Stephanie Carey felt this article included useful information for our residents. It discusses the current situation and what we now know about Covid-19 and recommends safety practices for the current time :

https://www.rutgers.edu/news/how-live-our-new-normal-covid-19

 


MONTGOMERY TWP. COMMITTEE TO MEET TONIGHT August 6th

Televised Meeting – Instructions to View / Comment

In order to offer the public more opportunities for participation, Montgomery Township is now conducting its remote televised Twp. Committee meetings as Live Zoom Webinars.

The next meeting of the Montgomery Twp. Committee will be tongiht, Thurs., Aug. 6 at 7 PM. View Live or Rebroadcast Here or watch on Comcast Channel 29.

You may join the webinar by computer (link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82977248796?pwd=b0g5d2h6bG0vUWViTGNuYmpRUkxDUT09 Passcode: 883843) or by telephone dial +1 301 715 8592  & enter webinar ID: 829 7724 8796. Note: Those wishing to participate in Zoom video call must first open an account at Zoom.us. Participants may comment by typing under the Q&A section in Zoom.

Alternately, you may comment via email in advance/during the meeting at: publiccomment@twp.montgomery.nj.us or via telephone during meeting by dialing: +1 646 558 8656, enter code: 849 1870 4794.  You will communicate with the Township Clerk who will convey your comment / question to elected officials during the public comment period of the meeting.


 

MONTGOMERY TOGETHER VIRTUAL MAIN STREET VIDEO:

THE CODER SCHOOL to hold Grand Opening Aug. 10

Today on Virtual Main Street we feature The Coder School, located in The Grove Shopping Center at the corner of Rt. 206 and Belle Mead-Griggstown Road.  This brand new kids coding school and new Montgomery business has been virtual since late June but will host its Grand Opening to the community on August 8th 10-1pm. The school – which aims to show the next generation of kids how inspiring and exciting technology can be – has a motto: “Learn to code. Change the world.” This Silicon Valley-based after-school coding program offers many ways to keep kids engaged. Watch video at :

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

 


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

 

Note: There have been zero (0) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Monday, 8-03-20.

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

As of 9 am 8/05

NJ cases: 183,327
NJ deaths: 15,842
Somerset County cases: 5,202
Somerset County deaths: 561
Montgomery cases:  136
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
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
5        70-79
20        80+

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

– 126 presumed recovered a

–     9 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/

8-03: Storm on Way: Be Prepared, Gathering Safely, Emergency Rental Assistance, Case Report

Police Advisory: Tropical Storm Warning until 8 PM Tues., Aug. 4, Preparation Info

The Montgomery Township Police Department and Montgomery Township Office of Emergency Management are monitoring Tropical Storm Isaias. Forecast impacts to New Jersey including heavy rain, flooding, and strong winds are possible from late Monday into Wednesday.  We are coordinating with local and state agencies to provide an appropriate response to the adverse conditions we anticipate.

Given the presence of COVID-19, we strongly encourage everyone to review and update their personal preparedness plans and kits.  Those in areas prone to flooding or unable to shelter in place during times of power disruption should make every effort to secure personal arrangements including staying with family or friends, or hotel accommodations.  Turning to a shelter this hurricane season should be an absolute last resort due to the presence of COVID-19 illness in the community and throughout the Country.  Additionally, many government agencies have visitor restrictions in place for their buildings, or limitations imposed to ensure social distancing.  Facilities traditionally used as locations in which the public could charge phones or access computers for information may not be made available.  Family members and neighbors should be prepared to maintain contact with the elderly and those in vulnerable populations.

Personal preparedness kits should be updated to include face masks or face coverings, soap and/or hand sanitizer, and various disinfecting supplies.  For more information about preparing visit:

https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes
https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/covid-19/disasters_severe_weather_and_covid-19.html
http://ready.nj.gov/

If you encounter flooded roadways, remember to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”.  Never enter flood waters and comply with any and all road closures you may encounter. Do not drive around or move road closed signs or cones. Remember, roads are closed only when necessary, and for your safety.

Avoid downed trees and power lines.

If utilizing a portable generator in the event of a power outage, please ensure that the generator is outside of your residence/ garage and away from doors and windows to decrease the possibility of carbon monoxide collecting in your home and causing illness or death.

Vulnerable populations can register for assistance through the New Jersey Special Needs registry, “Register Ready” by visiting www.registerready.nj.gov.

For the latest forecast information visit www.hurricanes.gov for updated information.



Family Gatherings and Upcoming Festivals
A Message from the Montgomery Twp. Health Dept.

The month of August features holidays and special events for many in our community. Traditionally, holidays entail visiting close friends, family, and neighbors and exchanging sweets and offerings.  The Montgomery Township Health Department in partnership with the Somerset County Health Officers Association has issued guidelines for safe gatherings, congregate prayers, and festivals amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It is hard not being able to visit the homes of your family members or have dinner together. However, celebrations and parties are some of the riskiest activities for the spread of coronavirus, especially when held indoors, or when masking and physical distancing measures are not observed.

According to Montgomery Township Deputy Health Officer Devangi Patel “we are hearing reports of people hosting large prayer services and other events at their house and inviting groups of people over without taking the proper precautions. If you are hosting a prayer service — or any gathering — and are inviting people to your home, please consider their safety as well as your own. Here are some guidelines to help you celebrate safely while keeping your loved ones healthy and safe:

  1. We request that celebrations are kept to a minimum and that if you are hosting, please inform your guests to mask, practice physical distancing, wash hands often and to stay home if sick
  2. If hosting, avoid self-serve buffet style food, or designate key people as servers to reduce risk of contamination
  3. Please consider virtual or outdoor gatherings and avoid sharing objects, especially unwrapped, unpackaged sweets.
  4. Please consider performing small prayer services in your own home and consider virtual, or outdoor gatherings and avoid sharing objects and unwrapped, unpackaged sweets.

All New Jersey residents are encouraged to practice physical distancing (stay 6 feet from one another), wash hands often, wear face coverings when in public (both indoors and outdoors in public spaces) and stay home (if sick)

For questions about COVID-19, call:

  • 1-800-962-1253: For health-related and clinical issues, such as when to seek medical attention and proper steps to take if exposed
  • 211: For information about how to stay safe, financial assistance, unemployment, donations, food, and other non-medical needs

Residents who observe Executive Order violations and wish to report them should complete the online form at covid19.nj.gov/forms/violation. Please note that Governor Murphy today announced a reduction to 25 maximum allowed persons at indoor gatherings, down from 50. The above precautions apply to any gathering, public or private, and for any purpose.


 

Emergency Rental Relief (ERR) Program Launched by County

Somerset County is launching its Community Development Block Grant-CV Emergency Rental Relief (CDBG-CV ERR) Program.  This program can provide up to 3 months’ rent or $3000, whichever is less, for payment toward rent that is owed.  In order to qualify, applicants must be able to document a COVID-related financial loss and prove that their rent payments were current as of March 2020.

For further info, flier, and link to application materials, go to:

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


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There have been two (2) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Wednesday, 7-29-20.

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

As of 9 am today, 8/03

NJ cases: 182,614
NJ deaths: 15,846
Somerset County cases: 5,195
Somerset County deaths: 555
Montgomery cases:  136
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
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
5        70-79
20        80+

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

– 126 presumed recovered a

–     9 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/