1-29: Two Deaths, Eight New COVID Cases; Weekly Cases Plateau; Local Vaccination Update; Rent Relief Available; Free Rabies Clinic; Feb. Public Meetings Posted; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been eight (8) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill and two (2) new deaths since our last report on Wednesday, 1-27-21.  Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.


NEW CASES PLATEAU, BUT AT ELEVATED LEVEL

Montgomery and Rocky Hill had fewer than 50 new COVID-19 cases for a second week in a row, the first time that has happened in three months. Last week, 37 new cases were recorded locally, and 40 cases the week before. Unfortunately, two more residents died this past week, raising the grand total of COVID-19 deaths in Montgomery and Rocky Hill to 19.

“We expected to see a decline in new cases after we got beyond the holiday period, but we are settling in at a level of new cases that is still well above what we were experiencing before Halloween,” said Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey. “We must continue to wear masks and social distance as we wait for more doses of vaccine to be distributed and delivered to our residents.”


 

LOCAL VACCINATION UPDATE

Vaccinations are still in very short supply statewide and here in Somerset County which currently receives only 700 doses of vaccine per week for a county that has a population of over 325,000. Somerset County Commissioner Director Shanel Robinson has recorded a new video describing local testing and vaccination efforts with County Health Department Director Dr. Namitha Reddy.

Appointments are being offered to residents 65 and older, or with underlying health conditions. To get an appointment, everyone should register at the New Jersey state covidvaccine.nj.gov website.

This was the first week that the county relied on the New Jersey state database to identify and schedule eligible residents, and unfortunately a major statewide glitch prevented some Montgomery residents from claiming appointments. Residents were wrongly told they weren’t residents of Somerset County. Montgomery Mayor Devra Keenan contacted the governor’s office to express urgency for solving the problem, which appears to be related to zip codes that cross county lines.

Residents with questions or requiring assistance in registering can seek help from the Somerset County COVID-19 helpline at 908-231-7155. The number is staffed in multiple languages from 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM weekdays, and 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturdays.


 

NEW FREE COVID TESTING IN SOUTH BOUND BROOK

A new free COVID-19 testing center has been opened nearby by South Bound Brook Borough and School District. Testing is by appointment only in the parking lot of the Robert Morris School at 122 Elizabeth Street.

Pre-register using an online form. Available dates as of today February 6, 11, 20, and 25. Testing is free and open to all, including the uninsured. Results are expected within 48 hours. Tests facilitated by Advance Management Services.

In addition, the Borough of Bound Brook has announced a one-day testing clinic for county residents 5 and older on February 3 from 3 to 7pm at El Imperial, 200 Talmage Avenue. They will accept advance appointments online and walk-ins. No prescription necessary. Testing by Clarity Labs.


APPLY NOW FOR RENT RELIEF

In response to the financial hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic, Somerset County has established a rent relief program using Federal grant monies. Over $400,000 in rent relief is still available to county residents, including in Montgomery, who have suffered COVID-related income loss, 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.


FREE RABIES CLINIC FOR DOGS, CATS

Free Rabies Immunization Clinics for Dogs & Cats are being sponsored by Montgomery Township Health Department/Animal Control. Tomorrow’s clinic is full, but there are openings on Saturday, February 13th from 10AM to noon at the SAVE Animal Shelter at 1010 County Road 601 in Skillman. There is no late fee for licensing your pet this year until after March 1st.

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.


FEBRUARY PUBLIC MEETINGS POSTED ONLINE

With municipal public meetings expected to remain virtual for the foreseeable future, the Montgomery Township website has an expanded schedule of public meetings including Zoom links and dial-in numbers.  All February meetings are now posted, including next week’s meetings of the Environmental Commission (Tuesday), Inclusion & Equity Committee (Wednesday), and Township Committee (Thursday).


TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been eight (8) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill and two (2) more deaths since our last report on Wednesday, 1-27-21.

As of 9AM today, January 29

Montgomery cases: 782

Montgomery deaths: 18

Rocky Hill cases:  21

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

177   <20

126   20-29

77     30-39

124   40-49

121   50-59

92     60-69

28     70-79

58     80+

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

–  737 presumed recovered a

–  47 currently ill

– 19 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/

$10M in Small Business Emergency Loans from NJEDA – Pre-register Feb. 10-22

Montgomery Business Owners: Please read below press release from NJEDA

​NJEDA Announces $10 Million Second Phase of its Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program

Authority Will Open Program Pre-Registration on February 10, 2021 

TRENTON, N.J. (January 27, 2021) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced it will open pre-registration for Phase 2 of its Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program at 9:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. The $10 million program expansion will support New Jersey small businesses and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and will be capitalized by a United States Economic Development Administration (USEDA) Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act appropriation. Any business or entity that intends to apply for a loan must first pre-register during this pre-registration period, which will run from 9:00 a.m. EST on February 10, 2021 to 5:00 p.m. on February 22, 2021.

The second phase of the Small Business Emergency Assistant Loan Program will make up to $100,000 in low-cost financing available to eligible New Jersey small businesses and nonprofits to help with recovery and reopening efforts as a result of COVID-19. The funding can be used to pay rent or mortgage, payroll, and/or utilities. It can also be used to purchase inventory, personal protective equipment (PPE), or COVID-related inventory, furniture, fixtures, or equipment.

Program applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first served basis, with priority given to applicants that have received no greater than $10,000 in government assistance from any federal, state or local (county/municipal) assistance program.Most eligible businesses will be able to apply for up to $100,000, but if a business was approved for a loan under Phase 1 of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program, it will be eligible under Phase 2 only for an amount that will not exceed $100,000 in the aggregate of the two phases. To promote equity, $3.5 million of the funding will be reserved for businesses in Opportunity Zone-eligible census tracts.

Applicants MUST pre-register in order to apply for the Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program. Pre-registration for the Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program will open at 9:00 a.m. on February 10, 2021 on the New Jersey COVID Business Information Portal and will remain open until 5:00 p.m. on February 22, 2021. Only entities that pre-register will then be able to access the program application beginning 9:00 a.m. February 24, 2021. The order in which final applications are received may affect funding availability, as referenced above.

“New Jersey businesses continue to feel the economic weight of COVID-19 as the pandemic stretches into 2021,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “As we begin to see the second COVID wave plateau, we are encouraged that there is a light at the end of the tunnel representing the economic recovery we have been working toward. That recovery can only be attained by connecting small business owners with resources they need to re-emerge from the pandemic. We are grateful for the USEDA appropriation, which will enable us to reach more small businesses throughout the state.”

To be eligible for financing through Phase 2 of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program, small businesses and non-profit organizations must be in existence and in operation from at least February 24, 2020, have $5 million or less in annual revenue, and have a physical commercial location in New Jersey. They also must be able to describe how they were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Home-based businesses and real estate holding companies are among the entities that are not eligible for financing under this program.

In line with the terms of Phase 1 of the program, Phase 2 loans will have ten-year terms with zero percent interest for the first five years, then resetting to the NJEDA’s prevailing floor rate for the remaining five years, with a three percent cap.

The NJEDA initially created its Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program in the Spring of 2020 as part of a suite of resources for small businesses and nonprofits following Governor Murphy’s signing of Executive Order 103, declaring a State of Emergency and a Public Health Emergency. The first round of funding from the program resulted in more than 150 businesses being approved for a total of more than $10.4 million.

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

To read Governor Murphy’s full economic plan, please visit: https://nj.gov/economicplan

About the New Jersey Economic Development Authority
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses call NJEDA Customer Care at 609-858-6767 or visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn.

Source: NJEDA

1-27: New COVID Cases at 10; New Free Test Site; Vaccine Registration; Steel Rising at New Municipal Center; Rent Relief Available; Free Rabies Clinic; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been ten (10) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 1-25-21.  Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.


NEW FREE COVID TESTING IN SOUTH BOUND BROOK

A new free COVID-19 testing center has been opened nearby by South Bound Brook Borough and School District. Testing is by appointment only in the parking lot of the Robert Morris School at 122 Elizabeth Street.

Pre-register using an online form. Available dates as of today are tomorrow, January 28 and February 6, 11, 20, and 25. Testing is free and open to all, including the uninsured. Results are expected within 48 hours. Tests facilitated by Advance Management Services.

In addition, the Borough of Bound Brook has announced a one-day testing clinic for county residents 5 and older on February 3 from 3 to 7pm at El Imperial, 200 Talmage Avenue. They will accept advance appointments online and walk-ins. No prescription necessary. Testing by Clarity Labs.

Further testing location information, including private testing centers, may be found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/.


REGISTER FOR VACCINES

Although vaccine is in short supply, the Montgomery Township Health Department advices residents they should register for the New Jersey vaccination list at the state website covidvaccine.nj.gov.

If you or somebody you know is eligible for the vaccine but do not have access to the internet, Somerset County is registering people by phone at 908-231-7155.  If you have a neighbor or family member without internet access, consider bringing this phone number to their attention.

In the meantime, everyone still needs to practice masking and social distancing as we work to get the most vulnerable people and first responders in our communities vaccinated.


STEEL BEAMS RISING AT FUTURE MUNICIPAL CENTER

Rising steel beams are now visible to drivers on Route 206 as they pass the site of the future Montgomery Municipal Center and Library near the intersection of Orchard Road. The project remains on schedule for its opening in spring 2022.

“Rising steel beams at our future municipal center are a sign that the pandemic will pass, and we will be able to gather together once again,” said Montgomery Mayor Devra Keenan.

Funded in part with a $5.375 million grant from New Jersey, the new complex will provide a county library, community meeting rooms, and other social spaces, while also housing the Montgomery Police Department and all administrative offices. More details are available in a new report of the township’s 2020 accomplishments.


 

APPLY NOW FOR RENT RELIEF

 

In response to the financial hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic, Somerset County has established a rent relief program using Federal grant monies. Over $400,000 in rent relief is still available to county residents, including in Montgomery, who have suffered COVID-related income loss, 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.


FREE RABIES CLINIC FOR DOGS, CATS

Free Rabies Immunization Clinics for Dogs & Cats are being sponsored by Montgomery Township Health Department/Animal Control. The January 30th clinic is now full, but there are openings on Saturday, February 13th from 10AM to noon at the SAVE Animal Shelter at 1010 County Road 601 in Skillman. There is no late fee for licensing your pet this year until after March 1st.

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 ten (10) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 1-25-21.

As of 9AM today, January 27

Montgomery cases: 774

Montgomery deaths: 16

Rocky Hill cases:  21

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

174    <20

126   20-29

76     30-39

122   40-49

121   50-59

92     60-69

27     70-79

57     80+

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

–  731 presumed recovered a

–  47 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/

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

TONIGHT: “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

1-25: New COVID Cases at 19; Vaccine Roll-Out Slower Than Planned; Rent Relief Available; Free Mental Health Resources; Free Rabies Clinic; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been nineteen (19) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 1-22-21.  Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.


 

VACCINE ROLL-OUT SLOWER THAN PLANNED

covid-19 vaccine

New Jersey is experiencing a big gap between the large demand for vaccines and a very limited supply, leading to frustration for many eligible residents in Montgomery Township and statewide. All residents 65 and older are eligible, as well as younger people with underlying health conditions.

“I am asking people to exercise patience,” said Montgomery Township Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey this morning.  “This situation is changing rapidly, and it will get better in the coming month or so.  We continue to work with county and community partners to bring a mass vaccination site to Montgomery, and we intend that this will come to fruition when vaccine supplies improve.”

Over the immediate term, the state website covidvaccine.nj.gov remains the best way to get an appointment, understanding that demand is far outstripping supply.   Somerset County Health Department is operating a single mass vaccination site at Raritan Valley Community College, with severely limited capacity based on vaccine supply. Some local Hospitals are also taking waiting lists and offering very limited appointments based on vaccine availability.

If you or somebody you know is eligible for the vaccine but do not have access to the internet, Somerset County is registering people by phone at 908-231-7155.  If you have a neighbor or family member without internet access, consider bringing this phone number to their attention.

In the meantime, everyone still needs to practice masking and social distancing as we work to get the most vulnerable people and first responders in our communities vaccinated.


APPLY NOW FOR RENT RELIEF

In response to the financial hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic, Somerset County has established a rent relief program using Federal grant monies. Over $400,000 in rent relief is still available to county residents, including in Montgomery, who have suffered COVID-related income loss, 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.


 

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 call the support hotline at 908-231-6414.


 

FREE RABIES CLINIC FOR DOGS, CATS

Free Rabies Immunization Clinics for Dogs & Cats are being sponsored by Montgomery Township Health Department/Animal Control. The January 30th clinic is now full, but there are openings on Saturday, February 13th from 10AM to noon at the SAVE Animal Shelter at 1010 County Road 601 in Skillman. There is no late fee for licensing your pet this year until after March 1st.

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 nineteen (19) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 1-22-21.

As of 9AM today, January 25

Montgomery cases: 764

Montgomery deaths: 16

Rocky Hill cases:  21

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

170   <20

125   20-29

76     30-39

120   40-49

118   50-59

91     60-69

27     70-79

58     80+

 

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

–  721 presumed recovered a

–  47 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/

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

1-22: New COVID Cases at 40 Over Last 7 days; Vaccination Update; Montgomery Accomplishments in 2020; Deputy Clerk Retires; End Cyber-Bullying; Free Rabies Clinic; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been eleven (11) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 1-20-21, and forty (40) over the last week.  Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.


40 CASES THIS WEEK AS VACCINATIONS ROLL OUT SLOWLY

Montgomery Township and Rocky Hill had 40 new cases for the week ending today, January 22, down from 63 cases the week before.  Residents are seeking appointments for vaccinations, but the demand is much greater than the supply.

Over the immediate term, the state website, covidvaccine.nj.gov, remains the best way to get in line for an appointment for vaccination. Somerset County Health Department is operating a single mass vaccination site at Raritan Valley Community College, with severely limited capacity based on vaccine supply. Some local hospitals are taking waiting lists and offering very limited appointments based on vaccine availability.

“I am asking people to exercise patience.  This situation is changing rapidly and it will get better in the coming month or so.  We are working with county and community partners to bring a mass vaccination site to Montgomery and intend that this will come to fruition when vaccine supplies improve,” said Montgomery Township Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey.

If you are age 65 or over, and do not have access to the internet, Montgomery Health Department is maintaining a notification list for when more vaccine doses become available locally. To get on this list, call 908-359-8211 x2400. If you have a neighbor without internet access, consider bringing this phone number to his or her attention.


2020 ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

PANDEMIC RESPONSE, SOCIAL JUSTICE, GROUNDBREAKING

Food pantry donations were one way the community pulled together in 2020.

Montgomery Township today has released a summary of the major events and accomplishments of 2020, available on the township website under elected officials.

The summary describes COVID-19 pandemic as the defining event of 2020. A community-wide mobilization helped Montgomery maintain some of the lowest infection and death rates in New Jersey, although cases have been rising in recent weeks.

Other major topics covered in the report include:

  • Inclusivity and anti-racism initiatives
  • Groundbreaking of the new municipal center and library
  • Government transparency & responsiveness
  • Open space, parks, and the environment
  • Infrastructure & planning

“Montgomery has a lot to be proud of, despite the enormous challenges of 2020,” said Mayor Devra Keenan. “The community has really pulled together, and that’s the number one reason I’m optimistic about 2021.”


TOWNSHIP THANKS DEPUTY CLERK FOR 35 YEARS

Deputy Clerk Marge Crawford in a photo by Barbara Preston/Montgomery News.

The Montgomery Township Committee last night passed a resolution congratulating Deputy Clerk Marge Crawford for 35 years of service to the township and thanking her for her utmost professionalism.

A formal resolution declared, “Marge was instrumental in the day-to-day operation of the Township Clerk’s office while quietly making sure the Wildlife Management program ran smoothly, overseeing the License Appeals Board, issuing tow truck, peddler, bingo and raffle licenses, preparing minutes and agendas, keeping track of all committees and their membership, making sure election day supplies and workers were scheduled and so many more tasks too numerous to mention.”


FREE DOCUMENTARY DEALS WITH CYBER-BULLYING

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 announces a free virtual documentary screening event of The Upstanders on January 27, 2021 at 7pm.  Register at http://bit.ly/theupstanders.

All parents, children above the ages 13+, school staff, community leaders, community helpers, and adults are encouraged to view this documentary which addresses questions such as: What’s with all the meanness online? Are we bullying ourselves? The documentary explores cyber-bullying, bullying among friends, families, co-workers and the brain science behind it all. The Upstanders will provide resources, tools, and hope.


FREE RABIES CLINIC FOR DOGS, CATS

Free Rabies Immunization Clinics for Dogs & Cats are being sponsored by Montgomery Township Health Department/Animal Control on Saturday, January 30th (10 AM-1 PM) and Saturday, February 13th (10AM-12PM) at the SAVE Animal Shelter at 1010 County Road 601 in Skillman.  January 30 is almost full, but February 13 still has appointments available.  There is no late fee for licensing your pet this year until after March 1st.

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 eleven (11) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 1-20-21.

As of 9AM today, January 22

Montgomery cases: 745

Montgomery deaths: 16

Rocky Hill cases:  21

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

166   <20

124   20-29

73     30-39

116   40-49

114    50-59

88      60-69

27      70-79

58      80+

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

–  699 presumed recovered a

–  50 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/

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

1-20 : New COVID Cases at 29; Vaccination Update; Free Mental Health Resources; Free Rabies Clinic; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been twenty-nine (29) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill over the five days since our last report on Friday, 1-15-21.  Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.


VACCINATION ROLL-OUT WILL REQUIRE PATIENCE

New Jersey is experiencing a big gap between the large demand for vaccines and a very limited supply, leading to frustration for many eligible residents in Montgomery Township and statewide.

Soon after New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations has been expanded to all persons aged 65 and older and persons with underlying conditions, the Federal government announced that a promised stockpile of vaccines was not available for delivery to the states.

Montgomery Township recommends that all residents pre-register via New Jersey’s COVID Vaccine website, covidvaccine.nj.gov, where you will be asked a few questions to identify the order of vaccination for which you are qualified.  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 email with links to make an appointment at a nearby vaccination site. This may take several weeks to a few months, depending on how fast vaccine manufacturing and distribution to the states ramp up.

If you are age 65 or over, and do not have access to the internet, Montgomery Health Department is maintaining a notification list for when more vaccine doses become available locally. To get on this list, call 908-359-8211 x2400. If you have a neighbor without internet access, consider bringing this phone number to his or her attention.

In the meantime, everyone still needs to practice masking and social distancing as we work to get the most vulnerable people and first responders in our communities vaccinated.


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.


 

FREE RABIES CLINIC FOR DOGS, CATS

Free Rabies Immunization Clinics for Dogs & Cats are being sponsored by Montgomery Township Health Department/Animal Control on Saturday, January 30th (10 AM to 1 PM) and Saturday, February 13th (10AM-12PM) at the SAVE Animal Shelter at 1010 County Road 601 in Skillman.  January 30 is almost full, but February 13 still has appointments available.  There is no late fee for licensing your pet this year until after March 1st.

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 twenty-nine (29) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report five days ago on Friday, 1-15-21.

As of 9AM today, January 20

Montgomery cases: 734

Montgomery deaths: 16

Rocky Hill cases:  21

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

164    <20

122    20-29

70      30-39

115    40-49

113    50-59

88      60-69

26      70-79

57      80+

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

 

–  681 presumed recovered a

–  57 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/

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

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/