11-25: Safe Thanksgiving Fact Sheet; Board of Health President Video; Emergency Rent Relief; Take Montgomery COVID-Safe Pledge; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been twelve (12) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report, Monday, 11-23-20. However, there also have been thirteen (13) previously reported cases reclassified “out” of Montgomery based on revised determinations of place of residence. Thus, the total number of cases is roughly flat today.


HOW TO KEEP THANKSGIVING SAFE

 

The Montgomery Township Health Department has issued a helpful new fact sheet for a safe Thanksgiving holiday, available here on the Health Department website for sharing and/or printing. It includes advice for both hosts and guests, before and during your holiday meal. Highlights include:

  • Keep Thanksgiving plans as small as possible.
  • Limit the number of guests you invite. Fewer people is safer.
  • Avoid indoor gatherings as much as possible. Consider a virtual gathering.
  • If you do host indoors, increase ventilation by opening windows & doors or by placing central air and heating on continuous circulation.
  • Keep it short. Limit time together –the longer the time, the greater the risk.

 

MAYOR’S VIDEO: BOARD OF HEALTH PRESIDENT DR. JEREMY GRAYSON

In a video interview (LINK) with Montgomery Mayor Sadaf Jaffer, Dr. Jeremy Grayson, Board of Health President, discusses the second wave of COVID-19 in Montgomery, and offers advice for how residents can stay safe.

“Until a safe and effective vaccine or anti-viral treatment is available for widespread use, the best thing we can do as individuals and as a community is prevent the spread of the disease,” Dr. Grayson says.  He encourages residents to read and commit themselves to the new Montgomery COVID-Safe Pledge to protect the community.

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TAKE MONTGOMERY COVID-SAFE PLEDGE!

Last week the Montgomery Board of Health voted to launch a voluntary Montgomery COVID-Safe Pledge to encourage residents to commit to following public health guidelines for staying safe during the surging pandemic.

The COVID-Safe Pledge asks residents and businesses to “Value the health of others as well as our own health as we go about our essential activities.” Specific commitments involve following public health rules on wearing masks, maintaining social distance, cooperating with contact tracing, and isolating and quarantining when necessary. You can read the full pledge here, and share your support via social media.


 

COUNTY OFFERS EMERGENCY RENT RELIEF

In response to the unprecedented financial hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic, Somerset County has established a rent relief program using Federal grant monies. Relief is available to Somerset County residents who have suffered COVID-related income loss since March 9, 2020, subject to income limitations.

Additional information and an easy-to-use online application are available here. Paper application forms are available by calling 908-541-5756.


 

SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE FROM COUNTY STUDENTS

Raritan Valley Community College has partnered with the Somerset Business Partnership to help local organizations with their web development and social media needs through volunteering. RVCC students are already volunteering with several organizations and there is availability for some more on a first-come-first serve basis. If your business is interested in being considered as a placement, please contact Dan Fahrer, director of business services, at: dfahrer@scbp.org, no later than November 30.

 



TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been twelve (12) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report, Monday, 11-23-20. However, there also have been thirteen (13) previously reported cases reclassified “out” of Montgomery based on revised determinations of place of residence. Thus, the total number of cases is roughly flat today.

 

As of 9AM today, November 25

Montgomery cases: 341

Montgomery deaths: 7

Rocky Hill cases: 8

Rocky Hill deaths: 0

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

66      <20

56      20-29

38      30-39

46      40-49

66      50-59

42      60-69

10      70-79

25      80+

 

349 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 296 presumed recovered

– 46 currently ill

– 7 fatalities

a “Presumed recovered” means cases that have met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation. A minimum of 10 days from diagnosis, or three days after symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. This definition represents a change from earlier in the pandemic before the CDC provided a definition.

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/

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/

18 New Resident Cases, Plus 37 New at Carrier; Take the Montgomery COVID-Safe Pledge; Download NJ COVID App; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been eighteen (18) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 11-20-20.  Full report at the end of this e-bulletin.

 


 

18 NEW MONTGOMERY CASES, PLUS 37 NEW AT CARRIER

Eighteen more Montgomery residents tested positive for COVID-19, continuing a steady trend. Separately, the reported size of the outbreak among staff and patients at the Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead has grown by 37 to a total of 89 cases, split between two units of the behavioral health facility. In response, state inspectors are working with the clinic; Hackensack Meridian, owner of the clinic, has sent additional infection control specialists.

Montgomery Township Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey describes the current situation as “exponential, community spread, with most cases not having a clear exposure.” Because it is difficult to trace positive cases to certain exposures, it becomes even more important for the public to minimize interactions outside of their immediate households, and to wear masks and social distance when doing necessary errands.


 

TAKE THE MONTGOMERY COVID-SAFE PLEDGE TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITY

Last week the Montgomery Board of Health voted to launch a voluntary “Montgomery COVID-Safe Pledge” to encourage residents to commit to following public health guidelines for staying safe during the surging pandemic.

Modeled after an initiative in Princeton, the COVID-Safe Pledge asks residents and businesses to make 10 commitments beginning with a pledge to

Value the health of others as well as our own health as we go about our essential activities, such as necessary healthcare, schooling, work, and local business. In this way, these activities can be AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE for EVERYONE until there is a safe, effective and available vaccine and/or an adequate treatment to prevent or cure infection, disease, or serious outcomes of disease.

Other commitments involve following public health rules on wearing masks, maintaining social distance, cooperating with contact tracing, and isolating and quarantining when necessary. You can read the full pledge here.

“Until a safe and effective vaccine or anti-viral treatment is available for widespread use, the best thing we can do as individuals and as a community is prevent the spread of the disease,” said Dr. Jeremy Grayson, President of the Board of Health. “The Montgomery Board of Health feels this pledge reaffirms our community’s commitment to ourselves, family, friends, neighbors, and society.”

Although the Pledge doesn’t require a public affirmation of support, the Board of Health encourages people to share their commitment on social media, to encourage other people to do the same. Easy links for sharing are available after you read the full pledge.


 

FREE MOBILE APP NOTIFIES OF COVID EXPOSURE

 

COVID Alert NJ is a free mobile app that anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. It uses Bluetooth technology to identify people who have been with six feet of a person who has tested positive. Learn more about how the exposure notification app helps protect you and your family while ensuring your privacy.

 


 

NJ STATE HEALTH CARE EXCHANGE NOW OPEN

Open enrollment under New Jersey’s state-run health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act is now open. If you need an affordable health care plan for 2021, visit getcovered.nj.gov to review plan options and learn if you qualify for financial assistance.

The State of New Jersey recently created this new program to provide additional financial help to residents to lower the cost of health coverage.  Nearly 8 out of 10 New Jersey residents will qualify for cost saving options that significantly reduce the cost of quality health insurance. The expanded three-month open enrollment period continues until January 31, 2021.

Free help is available to find a health insurance plan that’s right for you. Speak with a trained assister in your community to talk about your health insurance options and get help enrolling. Visit GetCovered.NJ.gov for free, safe remote, and over-the-phone support to help you find the plan that’s right for you.


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been eighteen (18) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report, Friday, 11-20-20.     

As of 9AM today, November 23

Montgomery cases: 341

Montgomery deaths: 7

Rocky Hill cases: 9

Rocky Hill deaths: 0

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

68      <20

57      20-29

40      30-39

45      40-49

68      50-59

38      60-69

10      70-79

24      80+

 

350 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 294 presumed recovered

– 49 currently ill

– 7 fatalities

 

a “Presumed recovered” means cases that have met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation. A minimum of 10 days from diagnosis, or three days after symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. This definition represents a change from earlier in the pandemic before the CDC provided a definition.

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/

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/

Board of Health Covid-Safe Community Pledge

Copy and share this page address on your Facebook page, or use these icons to visit Montgomery’s Twitter or Facebook pages and share our pinned posts.     The Montgomery Township COVID-Safe Pledge affirms the following: We pledge to: Value the health of others as well as our own health as we go about our

Copy and share this page address on your Facebook page, or use these icons to visit Montgomery’s Twitter or Facebook pages and share our pinned posts.

 

 

The Montgomery Township COVID-Safe Pledge affirms the following:

We pledge to:

  1. Value the health of others as well as our own health as we go about our essential activities, such as necessary healthcare, schooling, work, and local business. In this way, these activities can be AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE for EVERYONE until there is a safe, effective and available vaccine and/or an adequate treatment to prevent or cure infection, disease, or serious outcomes of disease.
  2. Remain aware of the risk involved in the activities we engage in and understand that the risks we take do not only affect ourselves, but also affect our family, friends, teachers, businesses and other members of our community.
  3. Follow – with support from the Municipality and institutions and individuals within -to the best of our ability national, state, and local public health guidance related to COVID-19.
  4. If necessary, quarantine if exposed, or if returning from travel in an area with high levels of the virus as designated by the State of New Jersey.
  5. Stay home – isolate – if we become ill with signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or while waiting for a COVID test result until cleared to go out.
  6. Get tested if having signs and symptoms consistent with COVID OR having been in close contact with someone with COVID.
  7. Wear a mask/face-covering, over both nose and mouth, AT ALL TIMES when out and may be within 6 feet of others who are not members of our household.
  8. Practice social distancing, at all times, when outside of our home.
  9. Cooperate honestly and openly with contact tracing to protect the health and safety of others in the community.
  10. Be respectful of others in our community and commit to COVID-safe etiquette in the community.

These actions, if committed to and followed by the large majority of our community, will have a measurable effect of decreasing exposure, infection, disease, disability….and death. While we cannot change the virus, we can and must change our behaviors to lessen its impact on ourselves and others.

MONTGOMERY BOARD OF HEALTH:

Dr. Jeremy Grayson, President
Dr. Kerry Anne McGeary, Vice President
Dr. Alex Wolfson, Secretary
Mr. William Bucci
Dr. Siddiq Faisal
Mr. Greg Kaganowicz
Dr. Om Sharma
Patricia Scully, MPH (MEMS), Alt. 1
Dr. Christine Newman, Alt. 2

 

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11-20: “Exponential Growth” of COVID in Montgomery; Mayor Urges Caution; School Sports Paused; Municipal Building Access Restricted

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been thirty-three (33) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 11-18-20.  There have been sixty-six (66) new cases over the last 7 days. Full report at the end of this bulletin.


“EXPONENTIAL GROWTH” OF COVID IN MONTGOMERY

 

By Stephanie D. Carey
Montgomery Township Health Officer

 

Montgomery is experiencing exponential growth in new cases of COVID-19 with 66 cases this week, more than triple the number of a week ago. We are at the point where most cases cannot be linked to a specific, known exposure because the virus is circulating so widely in the community.

The Montgomery Health Department cannot stress enough the importance of everyone hunkering down and avoiding social contacts. Governor Murphy has restricted indoor gatherings to 10 people, but our advice is to avoid hosting or attending indoor social events with anybody you do not live with. The risk is simply too great. That includes limiting Thanksgiving celebrations to household members.

To the extent we can identify likely exposures among the dramatic rise in new, local COVID-19 cases, we are seeing cases linked to youth sports and playdates, indoor socializing, and workplace exposure. We cannot rule out the possibility that outdoor socializing may also be contributing to cases as well, which is why we recommend wearing a mask when with other people regardless of whether it is indoors or outside.


 

MAYOR URGES CAUTION FOR THANKSGIVING

 

By Sadaf Jaffer
Mayor, Montgomery Township

 

The dramatic increase in new COVID-19 cases in Montgomery is a cause for great concern. Until recently, Montgomery has been fortunate to avoid major outbreaks.  But we are deeply connected to the rest of our state and nation, and COVID-19 is accelerating dramatically across the country. It was only a matter of time until it arrived on our doorsteps.

I am grateful to the Montgomery Health Department for its heroic efforts to investigate and manage cases, for guiding policy decisions for the municipality and schools, and for keeping the community informed. I feel confident they have saved lives here in Montgomery. I also appreciate the efforts of our Board of Health, which this week endorsed a new “COVID-Safe Pledge” that we will roll out next week to encourage everyone to take care of themselves and their neighbors by following public health guidance.

Finally, I am thankful for our residents and businesses who continue to cooperate with Health Department contact tracing at levels far above the statewide averages. This has helped avoid an even worse outbreak than we have today.

Next week many in our community will be celebrating Thanksgiving. Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control announced that people should not travel for Thanksgiving, and Montgomery’s health professionals have strongly endorsed this advice. Nobody should feel bad about rescinding an invitation, or about canceling plans to attend a holiday event, in the face of a national and local emergency.

Let’s look forward to giving thanks a year from now for the health of our families—an outcome we must earn with our vigilance today.


 

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS PAUSED

 

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association yesterday announced delays in the start of winter sports because of COVID-19 concerns. Under the NJSIAA’s new guidance, high school basketball teams will not be allowed to start practice until Jan. 11, with game competition to begin Jan. 26. The basketball season would run until March 6, with a limit of 15 games and no state tournaments, although leagues would be allowed to stage their own postseason playoffs.

The NJSIAA decision coincided with a decision by Montgomery Schools to suspend the fall sports season immediately due to a recent cluster of cases that has results in 80 student athletes requiring quarantine due to close exposures to COVID-positive classmates.

 


 

MUNICIPAL BUILDING ACCESS RESTRICTED

Due to the increasing number of COVID increases in the community, access to the Montgomery Municipal Building in Belle Mead will be restricted to necessary appointments made in advance. A new buzzer system is being installed at the front door.

A drop box at the front of the building is already available for payments and documents that need to be dropped off. We encourage people to use the drop box starting immediately rather than entering the building unnecessarily.

To make an appointment, call 908-359-8211 during workday hours. Upon arrival at the building you’ll be asked to call that number again from your vehicle so that somebody can escort you to your appointment. All visitors, and employees, are required to wear masks.

 


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

 

There have been thirty-three (33) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report, Wednesday, 11-18-20.     

As of 9AM today, November 20

Montgomery cases: 323

Montgomery deaths: 7

Rocky Hill cases: 9

Rocky Hill deaths: 0

 

332 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 273 presumed recovered

– 52 currently ill

– 7 fatalities

 

a “Presumed recovered” means cases that have met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation. A minimum of 10 days from diagnosis, or three days after symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. This definition represents a change from earlier in the pandemic before the CDC provided a definition.

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/

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/

11-18: 22 New Cases Suggest Community Spread, Leading to Virtual Schooling and Thanksgiving Warnings; Kidsgiving Charity Event; Detailed COVID Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been twenty-two (22) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 11-16-20.  Full report at the end of this e-bulletin.


 

22 NEW CASES SUGGEST COMMUNITY SPREAD, LEADING TO VIRTUAL SCHOOLING AND THANKSGIVING WARNINGS

By Stephanie D. Carey, Montgomery Health Officer

We’ve had 22 cases just since Monday and 33 since Friday, indicating exponential growth and community spread here in Montgomery Township. These trends have contributed to the decision by Montgomery Township Schools to return to full virtual education starting Monday, November 23. A return to a hybrid, virtual-in person model is expected to resume January 19, 2021. Full details behind the school decision are available here.

Thanksgiving next week represents a serious risk for further community spread. Everyone should “think small” for holiday celebrations, ideally with just the members of your household physically present. By order of Governor Murphy, there is a firm limit of 10 people for indoor gatherings such as Thanksgiving. Consider including extended family in holiday video conference calls. The CDC offers detailed advice for holidays here.

Many colleges and universities are wisely allowing college students to stay on campus for “Friendsgiving” events to avoid bringing the virus home.  If you will be hosting a returning college student for the Thanksgiving, the Montgomery Health department suggests the following for returning students:

  1. Before leaving, students already should be avoiding social activities at school except with roommates or housemates;
  2. Before leaving and upon arrival, students should be very careful about hand hygiene and consistently wearing masks.
  3. If possible, students should get a COVID test in time to receive the results before leaving for home.
  4. Students should travel home very carefully, wearing a mask near other people and minimizing contact with others.
  5. Upon arrival at home, students should wear masks, use a separate bathroom if possible, and keep their distance from other family members for at least several days.
  6. If you have a recently returned college student, don’t invite family members whose age or health status puts them at greater risk to COVID-19.

It is my department’s hope that the public will take the limit of 10 people per gathering seriously. Dr. Anthony Fauci said it best, recently: “You get one person who’s asymptomatic and infected, and then all of a sudden, four or five people in that gathering are infected. To me, that’s the exact scenario that you’re going to see on Thanksgiving.”

The good news is we may have a vaccine for COVID-19 available relatively soon. So, let’s stay safe during the 2020 holidays so we can hopefully all join together in 2021.


KIDSGIVING: LOCAL DRIVE-THROUGH CHARITY EVENT       

FOR KIDS TO HELP KIDS

In previous years, KidsGiving has been a free Montgomery and Hillsborough event where kids bring unwrapped gifts to wrap and place under the holiday tree for local kids in need. This year, because of COVID, KidsGiving has been redesigned as a drive-by event on December 6th to support our local charities and still make this a fun event for our younger generation.  The drive-through will occur in front of Code Ninja in Hillsborough.  Additionally, there will be a virtual event for sign-up which will include holiday cooking, games, and much more.

Organizers will be accepting gift cards, physical gifts from the wishlist, and cash donations. All net proceeds from the event will support Steps-Together, a local nonprofit that benefits Somerset County families facing medical crises, like childhood cancer. All food items will be donated to the Montgomery and Hillsborough food pantries. More info can be found at bit.ly/donate4kids20.



TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been twenty-two (22) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report, Monday, 11-16-20.     

As of 9AM today, November 18

Montgomery cases: 290

Montgomery deaths: 7

Rocky Hill cases: 9

Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

61      <20
45      20-29
32      30-39
40      40-49
57      50-59
33      60-69
7       70-79
24      80+

299 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 259 presumed recovered

– 33 currently ill

– 7 fatalities

a “Presumed recovered” means cases that have met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation. A minimum of 10 days from diagnosis, or three days after symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. This definition represents a change from earlier in the pandemic before the CDC provided a definition.

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/

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/

COVID-Testing

 

For the General Public:

Public & Private Testing Sites Spreadsheet

Public Testing Sites (listed by proximity to Montgomery Twp.): 

            1. Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ [Testing FAQs]
                    • The Somerset County Department of Health will hold continue to hold drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Raritan Valley Community College in November and on Dec. 2. The testing center will be open:
                      • Thursday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (There is a wait list 11-18-20)  Other Nearby Testing Sites or contact your doctor’s office
                      • Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

                      Residents will need to make an appointment and have a valid form of identification to access the testing center. Appointments can be scheduled online at https://somerset-hunterdon.adlabscovidtest.com/.  A physician’s prescription is not required. Testing is free of charge and open to Somerset County residents, age five (5) and older.

                      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 county 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 Route 28.

          1. PNC Bank Arts Center, 116 Garden State Parkway, Holmdel, NJ
            Both Federal Testing Sites in NJ were closed June 30, 2020. See above link to list of other testing site locations, and below.
          2. Bergen County Community College, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ
            Both Federal Testing Sites in NJ were closed June 30, 2020. See above link to list of other testing site locations, and below.

        • Commercial Laboratory Testing

          LIST OF NEARBY TESTING LOCATIONS IN SOMERSET COUNTY  OR CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR’S OFFICE

          Commercial labs are offering COVID-19 testing to individuals who meet certain criteria. Do not go to a commercial lab and ask to be tested for COVID-19. Work with your healthcare provider to coordinate testing. All costs and fees associated with commercial laboratories testing is the responsibility of the patient.

          Somerset County: 

          CVS Pharmacy

    CVS is offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing at the following locations in and near town:

        1. CVS Pharmacy: 2311 Route 206, Belle Mead, NJ
        2. CVS at Princeton Avenue, 881 State Highway 206, Princeton, NJ

    Customers must remain in cars and the pharmacy will provide kits through the drive-thru window and a CVS Pharmacy team member will observe the self-swab process to ensure it is done properly.

11-16: Rising Cases in Montgomery; New Limits on Gatherings; NJ State Health Exchange Open; Montgomery Recipe Exchange

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been eleven (11) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Friday, 11-13-20.  A full report, with age breaks, will come later this week.


 

RISING CASES PROMPT NEW LIMITS ON GATHERINGS

The 11 new COVID-19 cases reported this morning among Montgomery residents continue a worrying pattern over the last four weeks. Cases reported among residents do not include 53 positive tests reported over the weekend at the Carrier Clinic, a behavioral health facility in Belle Mead, where there has been an outbreak among staff and patients in a single unit. None of those staff and patients live in Montgomery, so their cases are reported based on their hometowns.

In response to a record-setting weekend of COVID cases across the state, New Jersey has announced that all indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people starting tomorrow morning, down from 25 previously. Outdoor gatherings are being limited to 150, down from 500. These changes will impact private gatherings for holidays, such as Thanksgiving.

“Its time to reduce unnecessary social activities and hunker down,” said Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie Carey. “We have been lucky to avoid the worst outbreaks until now, but we are connected to other communities through employment, shopping, friends, and family. We cannot think of ourselves as an island. It’s time to become more cautious.”


 

NJ STATE HEALTH CARE EXCHANGE NOW OPEN

Open enrollment under New Jersey’s state-run health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act is now open. If you need an affordable health care plan for 2021, visit getcovered.nj.gov to review plan options and learn if you qualify for financial assistance.

The State of New Jersey recently created this new program to provide additional financial help to residents to lower the cost of health coverage.  Nearly 8 out of 10 New Jersey residents will qualify for cost saving options that significantly reduce the cost of quality health insurance. The expanded three-month open enrollment period continues until January 31, 2021.

Free help is available to find a health insurance plan that’s right for you. Speak with a

trained assister in your community to talk about your health insurance options and get

help enrolling. Visit GetCovered.NJ.gov for free, safe remote, and over-the-phone support to help you find the plan that’s right for you.


 

JOIN THE MONTGOMERY HOLIDAY RECIPE EXCHANGE!

Have you discovered a favorite new recipe? Share it with your neighbors!

As we enter the season of giving thanks, it’s the perfect time to share nourishing meal ideas with others, While spending more time at home the past few months, we’ve all been experimenting with new recipes, and found that some are certainly tastier than others.  Montgomery Together is looking for your favorite recipe – new or a tried and true crowd pleaser – so that we can all try something new at our table.  Hosting a gathering of friends and family may not be possible for the upcoming holiday season, but let’s all share our recipes with our extended family of Montgomery neighbors.  Main dishes, side dishes, desserts and even breakfast – all are welcome.

To submit your ideas please email recreation@twp.montgomery.nj.us to have your recipe added. We can’t wait to see what you’re cooking!

 

How to Track New Jersey’s Covid-19 Executive/Admin. Orders

The following link will take you to a State of New Jersey webpage which lists all standing covid-19 related executive orders by Governor Murphy:

https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/approved/eo_archive.html

The following link will take you to a State of New Jersey webpage which lists all covid-19 related Administrative Orders issued by the NJ State Police Office of Emergency Management:

https://nj.gov/governor/news/ao/approved/ao_archive.shtml