1-15: New COVID Cases Total 63 for Week; NJ Vaccination Strategy Expanded; Free Mental Health Resources; MLK Day of Service; Free Rabies Clinic; Full Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been thirteen (13) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 1-13-21.  Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.


 

WEEKLY CASES OVER 60 AGAIN FOR MONTY/ROCKY HILL

Weekly number of new COVID cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill, most recently for the week ending January 15.

 

Montgomery and Rocky Hill have recorded 63 new cases of COVID-19 over the last week, the second worst week since the pandemic started.  The Montgomery Department of Health describes the latest trend “a surge on top of a surge” following the recent holiday period.  “I urge residents to remain vigilant by wearing masks, washing hands, and maintaining social distance as vaccines roll out,” said Stephanie D. Carey, the Montgomery Health Officer.

NJ VACCINATION STRATEGY EXPANDED

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy this week announced that eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations has been expanded to all persons aged 65 and older and to younger adults with certain medical conditions that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus. Those conditions include cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, Down Syndrome, heart conditions, obesity and severe obesity, sickle cell disease, smoking, and type 2 diabetes mellitus.

The best way to get in line for a vaccination is to pre-register to be vaccinated via New Jersey’s pre-registration website, covidvaccine.nj.gov, where you will be asked a few questions to identify the order of vaccination for which you qualify.  Contact information, including an email address, your physical address, and a phone number will be requested. When your turn arrives, you then will receive an offer to make an appointment at a nearby vaccination site.

The Montgomery Health Department indicates that vaccine supplies remain limited, so patience is required even among those now qualified for vaccination. Additional information on testing and vaccinations can be found on the Montgomery Health Department website.


 

COUNTY OFFERING FREE MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCE

If you or your family are experiencing feelings of isolation, fear, confusion, anxiety, or stress, Somerset County is offering free counseling through the new Somerset County Hope and Healing Crisis Counseling Program (CCP). The CCP is provided is funded through a FEMA/SAMHSA grant in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All support provided through this program is confidential, anonymous, and free. For more information, visit the Somerset County website or simply call the support hotline at 908-231-6414.


 

MLK DAY OF SERVICE

Monday January 18th is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which commemorated in various ways throughout the country including as A Day of Service. A list of mostly virtual opportunities in New Jersey is available on this New Jersey guide.

We invite the community to learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy through resources including those of the National Civil Rights Museum and through New Jersey’s New Jersey Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission.

As part of this commemoration, the Township invites all artists – young and old, doodlers to professionals – to take a moment to thank the first responders in our community.  Make a card or poster thanking our EMS and Fire Department volunteers. Use whatever supplies you have at home – printer paper or construction paper; crayons, markers or pencil; glitter and stickers to make a masterpiece that will make the day of our first responders who don’t hear “thank you” often enough for all they do for our community.

Drop off your works of art at the Municipal Building or Otto Kaufman Community Center the week of January 18 in the marked plastic bins, and we will distribute your cards to our first responders.


 

FREE RABIES CLINIC FOR DOGS, CATS

Montgomery Township is again offering a Free Rabies Immunization Clinic for Dogs & Cats sponsored by Montgomery Township Health Department/Animal Control on Saturday, January 30th (10 AM to 1PM) and Saturday, February 13th (10AM-12PM) at the SAVE Animal Shelter at 1010 County Road 601 in Skillman.

Because of the pandemic, vaccinations will be available only with an appointment and pet owners must wear masks. Get more information and sign up here.


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been thirteen (13) new cases in Montgomery (11) and Rocky Hill (2) since our last report on Wednesday, 1-13-21.


As of 9AM today, January 15

Montgomery cases: 705

Montgomery deaths: 16

Rocky Hill cases:  21

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

157      <20

116     20-29

63      30-39

111      40-49

111     50-59

84        60-69

26      70-79

58      80+

 

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

–  639 presumed recovered

–  70 currently ill

– 17 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/

Vaccination Pre-registration Link and Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/

 

1-13: Thirty New COVID Cases, Two Deaths; Pre-Register for Vaccination; Thank a Hero on MLK Day; Free Rabies Clinic; Healthcare Exchange Still Open; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been thirty (30) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 1-11-21  and two (2) more deaths.  Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.


PRE-REGISTER FOR VACCINATION IN NEW JERSEY

“We are in a race between new infection and vaccination,” said Montgomery Township Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey upon reporting 30 new cases this morning. She recommends township residents pre-register for their vaccination if they haven’t already.

More than 1 million New Jerseyans have pre-registered to be vaccinated via New Jersey’s pre-registration website, covidvaccine.nj.gov, where you will be asked a few questions to identify what tier or order of vaccination for which you are qualified.  Contact information, including an email address, your physical address, and a phone number will be requested. Certain groups will be prioritized such as hospital, EMS, and nursing home workers and persons aged 65 and older or with certain medical conditions.

Once each person’s turn to be vaccinated arrives, they will be contacted and provided additional information about where and when they can receive their first dose.  Other COVID information, including testing locations, is available on the Montgomery Health Department website.


 

THANK A HERO FOR MLK DAY OF SERVICE

On Monday January 18, our country will pause and complete a Day of Service to our communities, to recognize the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.  While the covid-19 pandemic presents challenges of completing acts of service in-person and safely, the Township invites all artists – young and old, doodlers to professionals – to take a moment to thank the first responders in our community.

Make a card or poster thanking our Police Officers, EMS and Fire Department volunteers for their constant vigilance in keeping our community safe.  Use whatever supplies you have at home – printer paper or construction paper; crayons, markers or pencil; glitter and stickers – to make a masterpiece that will make the day of our first responders who don’t hear “thank you” often enough for all they do for our community.

Drop off your works of art at the Municipal Building or Otto Kaufman Community Center the week of January 18 in the marked plastic bins, and we will distribute your cards to our first responders.


 

FREE RABIES CLINIC FOR DOGS, CATS

Montgomery Township is again offering a Free Rabies Immunization Clinic for Dogs & Cats sponsored by Montgomery Township Health Department/Animal Control on Saturday, January 30th (10 AM to 1PM) and Saturday, February 13th (10AM-12PM) at the SAVE Animal Shelter at 1010 County Road 601 in Skillman.

Because of the pandemic, vaccinations will be available only by appointment and all pet owners must wear masks. Get more information and sign up here.


 

NJ STATE HEALTH CARE EXCHANGE STILL 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.


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been thirty (30) new cases in Montgomery (28) and Rocky Hill (2) since our last report on Monday, 1-11-21.

As of 9AM today, January 13

Montgomery cases: 694

Montgomery deaths: 16

Rocky Hill cases:  19

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

154    <20

114    20-29

63      30-39

109    40-49

109    50-59

83      60-69

26      70-79

57      80+

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

–  622 presumed recovered

–  76 currently ill

– 17 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/

Vaccination Pre-registration and Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/

1-11-21: New COVID Cases at 20; Update on Vaccinations; Flags at Half Staff Today; Recycle CFL Bulbs; Healthcare Exchange Still Open; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been twenty (20) new COVID-19 cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 1-7-21.  Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.


MONTY BOARD OF HEALTH PRESIDENT VACCINATED FOR COVID-19

Dr. Grayson receiving his vaccine.

 

By Dr. Jeremy Grayson, M.D.
President, Montgomery Board of Health

As a medical doctor on the front lines of the COVID-19, I was fortunate enough to receive the Pfizer vaccine on December 29, 2020. My experience should give others confidence in getting the vaccine when their turn arrives.

Receiving the vaccine shot itself was painless. After the injection, I was monitored for 15 minutes to observe for acute reactions.

Six hours later I did experience a small amount of discomfort at the injection site as well as generalized minor muscle pain. By the next evening I felt totally fine. I did not find it any different than my reaction to the annual influenza vaccine. Each night I have received a text for a survey documenting the subjective experience of those that get vaccinated.

I realize many have trepidations about the vaccine and there is a lot of misinformation being circulated; I trust the scientific process, and I trust medicine. Please, if you can get vaccinated, take advantage of the opportunity— for yourself, your family and friends, and for the good of humanity.


 

PRE-REGISTER NOW FOR VACCINATION IN NEW JERSEY

Residents are encouraged to use the State of New Jersey’s pre-registration link for COVID-19 vaccination.  You will be asked a few questions to identify what tier or order of vaccination for which you are qualified.  Contact information, including an email address, your physical address, and a phone number will be requested.

Certain groups will be prioritized such as hospital, EMS, and nursing home workers and persons aged 75 and older.

Other COVID information, including testing locations, are available on the Montgomery Health Department website.


 

FLAGS AT HALF-MAST IN HONOR OF OFFICER SICKNICK

In response to Governor Phil Murphy’s order that U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff to honor Capitol Hill Police Officer Brian Sicknick, Montgomery Township administration has set the flags at the municipal building and all other municipal flags at half-mast today, January 11, 2021.

Officer Sicknick was a former resident of South River, New Jersey and died following injuries sustained while defending the U.S. Capitol during the violent insurrection of January 6th.


 

RECYCLE CFL LIGHTBULBS AT TRUE VALUE! 

The Montgomery Environmental Commission has arranged with Montgomery True Value Hardware Store near ShopRite to collect used CFL light bulbs.  These bulbs, characterized by their glass tube swirled shape, cannot be disposed of in either the trash or recycling bins because they contain trace amounts of mercury.

True Value owner Burt Nemec and his team will gather the CFL bulbs for eventual transport to a designated collection site, where the bulbs can be disposed of safely and components sorted for recycling.  Please bring your used CFL lightbulbs to Montgomery True Value and consider transitioning to energy efficient CFL or LED bulbs.


 

NJ STATE HEALTH CARE EXCHANGE STILL OPEN

Open enrollment under New Jersey’s state-run health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act is still 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.


TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been twenty (20) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 1-7-21.

As of 9AM today, January 11

Montgomery cases: 666

Montgomery deaths: 14

Rocky Hill cases:  19

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

148    <20

108    20-29

62      30-39

104    40-49

105    50-59

77      60-69

24      70-79

57      80+

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

–  612 presumed recovered

–  58 currently ill

– 15 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/

“The Upstanders” Documentary on Cyberbullying on 1-27

 

The Montgomery Township Municipal Alliance in partnership with regional Municipal Alliances in Somerset County and the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse is excited to announce a FREE and MUST-SEE virtual documentary screening event on January 27, 2021 @ 7pm.  Register at:

http://bit.ly/theupstanders


About the Upstanders Documentary: All parents, children above the ages 13+, school staff, community leaders, community helpers, adults are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to view this documentary that addresses aspects of our everyday lives that is not often talked about.  Block out this date on your family calendars and watch together!

What’s with all the meanness online? What’s going on? The documentary explores cyber-bullying, bullying among friends, families, co-workers and the brain science behind it all. When we look in the mirror we sometimes say things to ourselves we would never say to someone else. Are we bullying ourselves? When we treat ourselves well we model for others how we want to be treated and how others should treat themselves. It has to start with us. The Upstanders will provide resources, tools, and hope.

An IndieFlix Original Documentary. Appropriate for ages 13+

The Upstanders is not only for those who personally experience bullying, but also for kids and adults who witness bullying. The film discusses that the larger the number of bystanders to bullying, the less likely it is that an individual intervenes. The bystander has the power to make an incredible difference.

“We all have bystanders and upstanders in us,” Dr. Tony Walker, Senior Director of Student Support Services at Uplift said. “We want to stand up when we see something wrong happening. This film shows how we can be upstanders in a safe way.”

“The Upstanders” shows bullying through the lens of students, parents, families, and experts. It demonstrates that even if a student deletes their social media accounts or blocks phone numbers, bullies can use other numbers to text screenshots of hurtful social media posts and continue to harass someone. The nature of social media that removes in-person connections is that it can make it easier for people to say and do things they would not do when they can see the other person. Technology can be a wonderful tool but limiting social media and maximizing real-life interactions with people is a great way to create a healthy balance. Covid-19 has only exacerbated the problem of cyber-abuse, by providing an environment conducive to bullying – one of isolation, anxiety, and increased time on screens.

Source: Montgomery Twp. Municipal Alliance

1-8-21: New COVID Cases at 16; Keenan Elected Mayor and Bell Sworn In; Resolution Condemns Violence in US Capitol; Virtual Recreation Programs Announced; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been sixteen (16) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 1-6-21.  Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.


 

DEVRA KEENAN ELECTED MAYOR AND SHELLY L. BELL SWORN IN

The 2021 Montgomery Township Committee includes (clockwise from top left): Committeewoman Shelly L. Bell, Mayor Devra Keenan, Committeewoman Catherine Gural, Committeeman Kent Huang, and Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner.

During a virtual meeting last, night the Montgomery Township Committee selected Devra Keenan as Mayor for 2021, and Marvin Schuldiner as Deputy Mayor for a second year.  Earlier in the day, Shelly L. Bell was sworn in as the first African American elected to serve on the Montgomery Township Committee.

Mayor Keenan has lived in Montgomery for 23 years and joined the Township Committee last year. In remarks following her election, Mayor Keenan spoke about the ongoing pandemic and the importance of supporting the vaccination process and supporting residents and businesses facing financial hardship.

She also looked toward the future: “We need to double-down on our commitment to protecting our environment and connecting our community. I will be prioritizing environmental protection, green space, and trails for walking and bicycling. I want to see progress on reducing flooding and protecting our clean water, green energy, and our deer management strategy. I will work to ensure we have solar power, pedestrian and bicycle connections between our new municipal center, our schools, commercial areas, and neighborhoods.”

Prior to her election, Shelly L. Bell served Montgomery on the Planning Board and the One Montgomery Committee. She also served on the Somerset County Commission of the Status of Women.

In her first remarks, Committeewoman Bell said: “I plan to focus on enhancing connections between government and residents in our changing environment, protecting health and well-being during the COVID-19 focusing on mental health, mobilizing community resources to support small businesses, empowering our youth leadership council, actively ensuring anti-racist policies and procedures, and promoting diversity and inclusion in community building.”

Videos of the entire meeting and Committeewoman Bell’s swearing-in are available online, as are full transcripts of remarks by Mayor Keenan and other members of the Township Committee.


TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE CONDEMS VIOLENCE IN US CAPITOL & CALLS FOR REMOVAL OF PRESIDENT

The Montgomery Township Committee last night adopted a resolution proposed by Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner condemning mob violence at the U.S. Capitol building and calling for the removal of President Donald J. Trump because he “has violated his office and committed the crime of sedition against the United States.” The entire resolution is available to read on the Montgomery Township website.


 

RECREATION DEPT. VIRTUAL WINTER PROGRAMS ANNOUNCED

The Montgomery Township Recreation Department has just released a list of virtual winter programs, available online, with registration scheduled to begin at 8 AM Monday January 11.

Programs include children’s lessons for chess, piano, drawing, cooking, and coding. Contact the Recreation Department at 609-466-3023 with questions.



TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been sixteen (16) new cases reported in Montgomery and 0 in Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 1-6-21.  Over the last seven days there have had 51 new cases, as shown in the chart below.

As of 9AM today, January 8

Montgomery cases: 646

Montgomery deaths: 14

Rocky Hill cases:  19

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

147    <20

104    20-29

59      30-39

100    40-49

102    50-59

74      60-69

23      70-79

56      80+

 

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

–  600 presumed recovered

–  50 currently ill

– 15 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 and Vaccination pre-registration info available at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/

1-6-21: Six New COVID Deaths and 19 New Cases; Township Committee to Select Leaders Thursday; Virtual Recreation Programs Announced; Senior Tax Freeze Deadline Feb. 1; Recycle Christmas Trees; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been six (6) new deaths in Montgomery Township and nineteen (19) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 1-4-21.  Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.


SIX COVID DEATHS AT STONEBRIDGE

Six COVID-19 related deaths have been newly reported out of the Stonebridge at Montgomery continuing care facility, raising the total number of COVID deaths to 15 for Montgomery and Rocky Hill.

Stonebridge is one of more than 400 continuing care facilities in New Jersey dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks.  The Montgomery Health Department is working with Stonebridge management on infection control and providing other forms of support.  All Stonebridge residents and staff are currently being tested weekly for COVID-19, in line with state guidelines. The recent deaths occurred during the holiday period.

“The news of six more COVID deaths at Stonebridge is extremely sad, and we are engaged with Stonebridge management to address the situation,” said Township Administrator Donato Nieman. “On behalf of the township, I offer condolences to the family members of these lost members of our community.”


 

REORGANIZATION MEETING THURSDAY TO SELECT LEADERS

The Montgomery Township Committee will hold its annual Reorganization Meeting on Thursday January 7 at 7pm, for the first time via Zoom. Newly elected Township Committeewoman Shelly L. Bell will take her seat for the first time, and two of the five-member governing body will be selected to serve as Mayor and Deputy Mayor for 2021.

Customarily, members of the Township Committee give addresses regarding priorities for the township in the new year.

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting by computer or telephone, as described on the township website.


 

RECREATION DEPT. VIRTUAL WINTER PROGRAMS ANNOUNCED

The Montgomery Township Recreation Department has just released a list of virtual winter programs, available online, with registration scheduled to begin at 8 AM Monday January 11.

“Recognizing the challenges families are experiencing right now, we have worked hard to provide families with safe and rewarding activities to help keep children’s minds active,” said Recreation Department Director Karen Zimmerman.

Programs include children’s lessons for chess, piano, drawing, cooking, and coding. Contact the Recreation Department at 609-466-3023 with questions.


SENIOR FREEZE TAX DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEB. 1

The filing deadline for the New Jersey Senior Tax Freeze applications has been extended to February 1, 2021. The program provides qualifying seniors with a property tax reimbursement to help seniors afford to remain in their homes. Additional information is available from the website of the Department of the Treasury.  Call the Property Tax Reimbursement Hotline (1-800-882-6597) with questions.

 


 

RECYCLE CHRISTMAS TREES!

The Montgomery Township Department of Public Works will start curbside Christmas tree collection Monday January 11. Don’t delay putting out your tree because each neighborhood will receive only one visit.

Trees must be free of ornaments and tinsel and will be chipped for use as mulch. New Jersey cautions that it is not permissible to burn Christmas trees as they produce an air quality hazard. Additional information is available on the township website.


TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been 6 new deaths and nineteen (19) new cases reported in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 1-4-21.

As of 9AM today, January 6:

Montgomery cases: 630

Montgomery deaths: 14

Rocky Hill cases:  19

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

142  <20

99    20-29

59    30-39

97    40-49

101  50-59

73    60-69

23    70-79

55    80+

 

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

–  595 presumed recovered a

–  39 currently ill

– 15 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 Sites and Vaccination pre-registration info available at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/

1-4-21: 16 New COVID Cases; Township Committee to Select Leaders Thursday; Senior Tax Freeze Deadline Feb. 1; Recycle Christmas Trees; Town Wins Environmental Awards; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been sixteen (16) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill in the five days since our last report on Wednesday, 12-30-20.  Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.


NEW CASE TREND HAS IMPROVED

Trend for each week ending Friday at 9 AM, most recently through 1/1/21.

The pace of new COVID-19 infections declined from 56 over the last two weeks to 36 for the week ending Friday, January 1.

Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey cautions that the decline may reflect a slowdown in laboratory processing of tests during the holidays. She said it is also too soon to tell whether holiday gatherings may have produced a surge in new infections.

“Two approved vaccines are the light at the end of the tunnel for this pandemic, but it is too soon to reduce our vigilance since we don’t expect the general population to be eligible for the vaccine for a several months,” Ms. Carey said.

Locally, vaccinations will be a collaboration between our county and municipal departments of health. The Somerset County Health Department website has information about vaccination plans.


REORGANIZATION MEETING THURSDAY TO SELECT LEADERS

The Montgomery Township Committee will hold its annual Reorganization Meeting on Thursday January 7 at 7pm, for the first time via Zoom. Newly elected Township Committeewoman Shelly L. Bell will take her seat for the first time, and two of the five-member governing body will be selected to serve as Mayor and Deputy Mayor for 2021.

Customarily, members of the Township Committee give addresses regarding priorities for the township in the new year.

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting by computer or telephone, as described on the township website.


SENIOR FREEZE TAX DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEB. 1

The filing deadline for the New Jersey Senior Tax Freeze applications has been extended to February 1, 2021. The program provides qualifying seniors with a property tax reimbursement to help seniors afford to remain in their homes. Additional information is available from the website of the Department of the Treasury.  Call the Property Tax Reimbursement Hotline (1-800-882-6597) with questions.


RECYCLE CHRISTMAS TREES!

The Montgomery Township Department of Public Works will start curbside Christmas tree collection Monday January 11. Don’t delay putting out your tree because each neighborhood will receive only one visit.

Trees must be free of ornaments and tinsel and will be chipped for use as mulch. New Jersey cautions that it is not permissible to burn Christmas trees as they produce an air quality hazard. Additional information is available on the main Montgomery Township website bulletins newsfeed.


MONTGOMERY WINS TWO ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS

Last week Somerset County announced a land development award for the Montgomery Township Environmental Commission and its consultant Tara Kenyon. The award was prompted by Montgomery Township’s new Natural Resource Inventory (NRI) that examined the security of township environmental resources including agriculture, air quality, climate, geology, habitat, land use/land cover, soil, steep slopes and topography, surface water, watersheds, flood zones and wetlands.

The county announcement explained that “through this research, 65 environmental projects were identified in the NRI that can be overseen by Montgomery Township to protect, restore and enhance the township’s natural resources while ensuring that these resources are a benefit to the township’s residents.”

The Montgomery Twp. Environmental Commission was also presented with a 2020 Environmental Achievement Award for their NRI Project by the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) at their 47th Annual Environmental Congress, held virtually in October.


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been sixteen (16) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill in the five days since our last report on Wednesday, 12-30-20.  Of the new cases, 11 were recorded through Friday morning and 5 over the weekend.

As of 9AM today, January 4

Montgomery cases: 611

Montgomery deaths: 8

Rocky Hill cases:  19

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

136      <20

96     20-29

59      30-39

97      40-49

96      50-59

70        60-69

23      70-79

53      80+

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

–  584 presumed recovered a

–  37 currently ill

– 9 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/