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/