11-13: “Think Small” for Holidays as Cases Rise; Diwali Firecrackers; Donate a ShopRite Turkey; Free Rabies Vaccinations; Today’s Detailed COVID Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been eight (8) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report at 4pm Tuesday, 11-10-20.  Full report at the end of this e-bulletin.


AS CASES RISE, “THINK SMALL” FOR THANKSGIVING & DIWALI

By Stephanie D. Carey, Montgomery Health Officer

We ended October with the news that Montgomery hit its highest number of COVID-19 positive tests in a single week, a total of 26 new cases for the week ending October 30, 2020. So far in November, we’ve logged 30 more cases, creating an increasingly risky situation as we head into Diwali today and tomorrow, and the Thanksgiving season, when extended families traditionally gather.

While local trends are cause for concern, the statewide and national trends are truly alarming. New Jersey’s new cases are now exceeding 3,500 daily, while new cases across the country are exceeding 150,000 daily. These trends pose a risk to Montgomery because out-of-town family members may be visiting for Diwali, and college students will be returning home for Thanksgiving, potentially bringing infections with them.

Everyone should “think small” for holidays this year, ideally with just the members of your household physically present. Consider including other family members in a holiday video conference calls. Outdoor activities are preferred to indoor ones.  The CDC offers detailed advice for holidays here.

If you will be hosting a returning college student for the Thanksgiving break in two weeks, now is the time for the student to start planning that trip, according to a thoughtful article this week in the New York Times.

My department suggests the following for returning students:

  1. Two weeks before leaving school, students should get a flu vaccine, avoid socializing except with roommates or housemates, maintain hand hygiene, and consistently wear a mask.
  2. If possible, students should get a COVID test in time to receive the results before leaving for home. Even better, come home a week early so there is time to quarantine before the Thanksgiving meal.
  3. Students should travel home very carefully by wearing a mask and minimizing contact with other people.
  4. Avoid inviting family whose age or health status puts them at greater risk to COVID-19, particularly if a recently returned college student also will be present.

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 all join together in 2021


 

DIWALI FESTIVITIES MAY INCLUDE FIRECRACKERS

Today and tomorrow some Montgomery residents will be celebrating Diwali, also called Deepavali, the festival of lights. An important festival for many Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs, it is celebrated around the world today.

People traditionally decorate their houses with lights and flowers and distribute sweets and gifts. Firecrackers are often a part of the celebrations, so do not be alarmed if you hear them the next two evenings. Montgomery Police remind residents that ground-based fireworks/firecrackers are permitted, but not aerial fireworks. If you are planning to use firecrackers, it may be helpful to inform your neighbors ahead of time.


 

HOLIDAY TURKEY DONATIONS WITH SHOPRITE

Montgomery Township is pleased to announce that we will once again work with ShopRite of Montgomery on a Turkey Donation program for Thanksgiving 2020. If you earn a free ShopRite Turkey* (see instructions at end) and would like to donate it to the Montgomery Food Pantry, visit the ShopRite Service Desk.

You may sign up to donate your free ShopRite turkey during store hours through Wednesday November 25, 2020. Visit the ShopRite Service Desk. You will need to present your ShopRite Price Plus® Card at Customer Service. The earned free turkey points will be deducted from your account and a turkey will be donated to the Montgomery Township Food Pantry Program.

Please do not drop off turkeys at the Montgomery Township Food pantry since we cannot accept perishables. We have arranged a special program working directly with ShopRite. You can contact the Montgomery Food Pantry by email (Montyfoodpantry@gmail.com) or by phone (609-466-1054).

*To earn a free turkey, present your Price Plus® card to the cashier every time you shop at any ShopRite Supermarket and you will be automatically credited. Price Plus® club membership is required to participate. While you can be earning credit at any ShopRite towards your turkey, you must go to the Montgomery ShopRite courtesy desk to donate locally.


 

FREE RABIES VACCINATION CLINIC FOR DOGS & CATS

In partnership with Montgomery Township Animal Control

Montgomery Township and Hopewell Borough are partnering to offer free rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats on Saturday November 1

 

4th from 9 to 11 AM at the Hopewell Borough Train Station at 2 Railroad Place in Hopewell Borough.

These vaccinations are a great way to protect your pet and your community. The clinic will follow all COVID safety rules with social distancing and just one pet owner admitted to the vaccination area at a time, while wearing a mask. Dogs must be under the owner’s control at all times, and on a short, sturdy leash—no retractable leashes! Use of a soft muzzle is encouraged. Cats must be in a carrier.

For more information, call Montgomery Township Animal Control 908-359-8211 x2247.



TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been eight (8) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report, Tuesday, 11-10-20.     

As of 9AM today, November 13

Montgomery cases: 259

Montgomery deaths: 7

Rocky Hill cases: 8

Rocky Hill deaths: 0

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

52      <20

40      20-29

27      30-39

36      40-49

50      50-59

31      60-69

7       70-79

24      80+

 

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

– 240 presumed recovered a

– 20 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/

11-10: COVID Case Count; Indoor Events Driving Cases; Virtual Montgomery Ceremony for Veteran’s Day

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASES

Due to the Veteran’s Day holiday, we are issuing a preliminary report of new COVID cases through November 10 at 4pm. There have been four (4) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report, Monday, 11-9-20.     

As of 4PM today, November 10

Montgomery cases: 251

Montgomery deaths: 7

Rocky Hill cases: 8

Rocky Hill deaths: 0

A more complete report will be issued on Friday, November 13th. 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/


INDOOR EVENTS DRIVING NEW CASES

Today’s four new cases are part of an upward trend that is causing concern, according to Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie Carey. “We are seeing clusters of cases associated with socializing and parties that did not follow social distancing; and with crowded workplaces not following social distancing requirements,” she said.

The Health Department strongly encourages residents and local employees to wear masks, social distance, and wash hands frequently.  “Stay safe—keep your distance!“

In response to rising cases statewide, New Jersey this week announced new restrictions for bars, restaurants, and interstate sports competitions.


MONTGOMERY VETERANS DAY

VIRTUAL CEREMONY AVAILABLE NOW!

The Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee has produced a Veterans Day Ceremony video which will be available now.

The video ceremony was moderated by the chair of the Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee and includes remarks by a local spiritual leader, a representative of Rolling Thunder, a presentation by students of Montgomery Lower Middle School, and a remarks by guest speaker.

Montgomery Mayor Sadaf Jaffer speaks about the history of Veteran’s Day, the diversity of America’s military families, and explains why it is important for everyone to honor and learn from America’s veterans.

You can access the Virtual Veterans Day Ceremony by visiting the Veterans Committee website at https://montgomeryveteransmemorial.org, linked through from a post on the Township Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/InMontgomeryNJ/ or on Montgomery Together at https://montgomerytogether.us/.

 

11-9: Virtual Montgomery Ceremony for Veteran’s Day; Free Rabies Vaccinations; Today’s Case Count

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been seven (7) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Friday, 11-6-20.  Full report at the end of this e-bulletin.


 

MONTGOMERY VETERANS DAY CEREMONY

PREMIERES ONLINE NOVEMBER 11TH

The Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee is producing a Veterans Day Ceremony video which will be available online on Veterans Day.  The public is encouraged to participate by watching any time during the day on Wednesday, November 11th.

The video ceremony will be moderated by the chair of the Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee and will include remarks by a local spiritual leader, a representative of Rolling Thunder, a presentation by students of Montgomery Lower Middle School, and a remarks by guest speaker.

Montgomery Mayor Sadaf Jaffer will speak about the history of Veteran’s Day, the diversity of America’s military families, and she will explain the why it is important for everyone to honor and learn from America’s veterans.

You can access the Virtual Veterans Day Ceremony any time on November 11th by visiting the Veterans Committee website at https://montgomeryveteransmemorial.org, the Township Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/InMontgomeryNJ/ or Montgomery Together at https://montgomerytogether.us/.  The video will be available for viewing on those sites all day.


 

FREE RABIES VACCINATION CLINIC FOR DOGS & CATS

In partnership with Montgomery Township Animal Control

Montgomery Township and Hopewell Borough are partnering to offer free rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats on Saturday November 14th from 9 to 11 AM at the Hopewell Borough Train Station at 2 Railroad Place in Hopewell Borough.

These vaccinations are a great way to protect your pet and your community. The clinic will follow all COVID safety rules with social distancing and just one pet owner admitted to the vaccination area at a time, while wearing a mask. Dogs must be under the owner’s control at all times, and on a short, sturdy leash—no retractable leashes! Use of a soft muzzle is encouraged. Cats must be in a carrier.

For more information, call Montgomery Township Animal Control 908-359-8211 x2247.



TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been seven (7) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report, Friday, 11-6-20.   

As of 9AM today, November 9

Montgomery cases: 247

Montgomery deaths: 7

Rocky Hill cases: 8

Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

50      <20

35      20-29

25      30-39

35      40-49

49      50-59

30      60-69

7       70-79

24      80+

 

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

– 233 presumed recovered

– 15 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/

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

11-6: Montgomery Students Honored by Township Committee; New Video of Groundbreaking for Municipal Center; Donate Halloween Candy; Today’s Case Count

 TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been five (5) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Wednesday, 11-4-20.  Full report at the end of this e-bulletin.


 

MONTGOMERY HONORS STUDENTS FOR LEADING GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY FOR MUNICIPAL CENTER

 

Pictured above: Montgomery Student Leader Grace Johnson

The Montgomery Township Committee last night honored Montgomery High School students Grace Johnson and Jordan Spector, who lead the school’s Youth Leadership Council, for serving as the masters of ceremony at last month’s groundbreaking ceremony for the township’s new municipal center at the corner of Orchard Road and Rte. 206.

In a resolution passed unanimously, elected leaders expressed “sincere gratitude to Grace and Jordan for representing the youth of our community and commends them on their many accomplishments and contributions, and wishes them continued success in all future endeavors.” They also were recognized for being “committed to improving their understanding of local government and sharing that knowledge with their peers.”

You can watch highlights of the ceremony in a short video created by Montgomery resident Bob Meola and released today. Among the officials participating in the event were Somerset County Freeholder Director Shanel Robinson, Freeholder Melonie Marano, current and former Montgomery mayors, and members of the Montgomery Township Committee and administrative staff.

LINK TO GROUNDBREAKING VIDEO


 

Donate Left Over Halloween Candy to Our Troops!

Montgomery Recreation is proud to partner with Operation Shoebox NJ for our 3rd Annual Halloween Candy Drive. Donated supplies and care packages will be shipped to U.S. military personnel deployed abroad. Montgomery Recreation will be accepting candy at the Otto Kaufman Community Center at 356 Skillman Road Monday to Friday 8 AM to 4:30 PM. Call the Recreation Department with any questions at 609-466-3023.


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been five (5) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report, Wednesday, 11-4-20.

As of 9AM today, November 6

Montgomery cases:  240
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 8
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

46       <20
35       20-29
23       30-39
35       40-49
48       50-59
30       60-69
7        70-79
24       80+

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

– 227 presumed recovered

– 14 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/

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

11-4: New COVID Workplace Rules in NJ, “Two Voices” virtual program on Montgomery’s pre-Colonial history; Today’s Case Count

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been four (4) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Monday, 11-2-20.  Full report at the end of this e-bulletin.


 

New COVID Rules for NJ Workplaces Take Effect Tomorrow

New Jersey has issued new orders that require private and public sector employers to follow health and safety protocols starting tomorrow morning. Most of the new rules contained in Executive Order 192 are “best practices” that have been made mandatory in response to rising case counts across New Jersey.

All employers, at minimum, must require individuals at the worksite to maintain at least six feet of distance from others to the maximum extent possible, and require employees and visitors to wear masks when entering the worksite, subject to certain limited exceptions.

In addition, employers must:

  • Provide approved sanitization materials to employees and visitors at no cost to those individuals;
  • Ensure that employees practice hand hygiene and provide sufficient break time for that purpose;
  • Routinely clean and disinfect all high-touch areas in accordance with New Jersey and CDC guidelines;
  • Conduct daily health checks, such as temperature screenings, visual symptom checking, self-assessment checklists, and/or health questionnaires, prior to each shift, consistent with CDC guidance;
  • Exclude sick employees from the workplace and follow requirements of applicable leave laws; and
  • Promptly notify employees of any known exposure to COVID-19 at the worksite.

Montgomery employers with questions about how to operate safely may contact the Department of Health at 908-359-8211 x. 2227.


 

Township Virtual Event Explores our Indigenous History

“Two Voices: Healing our Shared History” is a virtual event happening November 10th from 7-8pm to explore the history of Montgomery before colonization. Sponsored by Montgomery Township and Princeton University students, the online discussion will focus on the history of the Lenape Native Americans who lived along the Millstone River.

Featured speakers will include The Rev. J.R. Norwood PhD, the Principal Justice of the Tribal Supreme Court of the Nantikoke Leni-Lenape Tribal Nation, and the Co-Chair of the Task Force on Federal Acknowledgement of the National Congress of American Indians and the General Secretary of the Alliance of Colonial Era Tribes. Also speaking will be Arla Patch, an artist, writer, and an indigenous rights activist who was community engagement manager for the Maine-Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Get additional information and sign-up for the free event here. Read about the work of Princeton University students on Montgomery’s indigenous history here.

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TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been four (4) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report, Monday, 11-2-20.

As of 9AM today, November 4

Montgomery cases:  236
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 7
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

46       <20
35       20-29
23       30-39
35       40-49
49       50-59
28       60-69
6        70-79
21       80+

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

  • 212presumed recovered
  • 24currently 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/

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

11-1: How to Vote on Election Day Tomorrow, Election Results & Security, Today’s Case Count

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been eight (6) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Wednesday, 10-30-20.  Full report at the end of this e-bulletin.


 

Tomorrow Is Election Day: How to Vote

Because of the pandemic, New Jersey’s Election Day tomorrow will be different from any previous election. There will be no Election Day voting by machine—except for people with certain disabilities—per New Jersey state order.

Every registered voter was mailed a mail ballot. If you have not yet returned your ballot yet, you have these choices on Election Day:

  1. Today or tomorrow until 8pm, deposit your mail ballot at one of 13 red, white, and blue ballot drop boxes in Somerset County. There is a ballot box located at top of the front steps of the Montgomery Township Municipal Building at 2261 US-206 in Belle Mead. This box will be available to receive ballots from any voter in Somerset County until 8pm on Election Day, November 3rd.
  2. Bring your mail ballot to your designated polling location from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. where you will be able to drop it off.  The four polling locations in Montgomery are provided below.
  3. Bring your mail ballot to the Somerset County Administration Building at 20 Grove Street in Somerville where assistance is being provided to people requesting it.
  4. You may still put your mail ballot in the US Mail, but make sure it will be postmarked no later than November 3, 2020. It will be counted provided it is received by the County Clerk by 8:00 p.m. on November 10th. Ballots without a postmark that are received within 48 hours of the closing of polls on November 3, 2020 shall also be considered valid.

If you are registered to vote but do not have a mail ballot, you may vote at your designated polling place in Montgomery using a provisional paper ballot, unless you have a disability that qualifies you to use a voting machine.  Provisional ballots will be counted last, after the Board of Elections has been able to verify voters have cast only one ballot. These are the Montgomery polling locations (It may not be your traditional voting location):

  • Central Jersey Masonic Center, 345 Kingston-River Road, Princeton (Dist. 1, 13, 18)
  • Otto Kaufman Community Center, 356 Skillman Road, Skillman (Dist. 2-4, 16, 19)
  • Montgomery Evangelical Free Church, 246 Griggstown Road, Belle Mead (Dist. 5, 6, 10-12, 17)
  • Montgomery Township Municipal Building, 2261 Route 206, Belle Mead (Dist. 7- 9, 14, 15)


 

Election Results and Security

Ballot counting is overseen by the Somerset County Board of Elections which includes representatives of both major parties in conjunction with the County Clerk to ensure a fair and accurate count. To learn more about the voting process, watch this video interview with Montgomery Township Clerk Donna Kukla.

Preliminary and unofficial results will be available online on the County Clerk’s website starting on the evening of Tuesday, November 3. The counts must be completed by the Board of Elections on Friday, November 20 and the Clerk by Monday, November 23 and certified that day by the Clerk. Be aware that election results from throughout the country will also take time to be certified.

Residents are reminded that campaign activities or paraphernalia are not permitted within 100 feet of polling locations. Voter intimidation or obstruction will not be tolerated. A peaceful Election Day is anticipated in Montgomery Township, but the Montgomery Police Department will be available should the Township Clerk’s office or volunteer poll workers require assistance.


 

Additional Voter Resources

Still have questions?  The following resources are available to you:

  • Track Your Submitted Ballot to confirm the status of your previously submitted ballot.
  • If your ballot is lost or damaged, you can request a replacement ballot in the atrium of the Somerset County Administration Building at 20 Grove Street in Somerville from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m today and on Election day from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Masks and social distancing required. This is also a ballot drop box location. More at Somerset County Clerk Request Duplicate Ballot.
  • You can look up your District Number and Polling Location at: https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/polling-place-search
  • The county clerk has issued answers to a list of Frequently Asked Questions. Get answers by clicking on the questions below:

When is the 2020 General Election?

How do I request a replacement Ballot?

Can I get in-person help with voting?

How do I track my ballot to be sure it is received?

Where are the drop boxes?

Can I vote in person?

Do I need to put a stamp on my ballot?

What if someone is no longer at my address?

Who will count my ballot?

Why does my signature matter?

How can I submit my Vote by Mail Ballot?

Who is eligible to cast a ballot?

What are the key dates for the 2020 Election?

How long will it take to get final Election Results?

Will a preliminary vote count be available?

If you still have election questions after reading the FAQs, the fastest way to get answers is to use the County’s SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS online form. The County Clerk’s Office will answer within one business day.

(Above FAQs are posted on the Montgomery Twp. website for your convenience, sourced from “The Somerset County 2020 General Elections Guide.”)


TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been six (6) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report, Wednesday, 10-30-20.

As of 9AM today, November 2

Montgomery cases:  233
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

46       <20
33       20-29
23       30-39
34       40-49
48       50-59
28       60-69
6        70-79
21       80+

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

  • 206 presumed recovered
  • 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/

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