Improve Your Image! March 9th

Photo Above: Karen Ambrose & Jen Pierce at Sweet Gourmet. Photo by Frank Veronsky

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Join Frank Veronsky, Photographer and Educator,
for an informative and inspirational presentation on How to create better photographs for business or personal pursuits.

Free to members of the Montgomery Business Association (join us!)

or $10 for non-members

 

Learn tips and tricks that will make a real difference on the impact of images that you make for Social Media.
Get better at photographing family and friends.
In a Virtual world, you might be what you post.
So I say, Improve Your Image! Join us on March 9th at 6:30 to get a new vision.

Register online: https://shoplocalmontgomery.com/event-4161052

Hosted by the Montgomery Business Association and Sponsored by Frank Veronsky Photography. www.frankveronsky.com

2-26: Eleven New Cases; Vaccination Update; Free Virtual Senior Programs; Free Mental Health Help; Rent Relief; 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, 2-24-21.  That brings the recent weekly total to 37, down from 63 the prior week.

More than a dozen cases the last two weeks have been linked to unauthorized youth sports activities, according to Montgomery Township Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey, who said, “The light at the end of the tunnel is getting bigger, but it is no time to throw caution to the wind. We are in a race between infection and vaccination, especially with new variants beginning to appear in New Jersey.”

A detailed case report follows at the end of this ebulletin.


 

VACCINATION UPDATE

Over 1.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to New Jerseyans, as the pace of vaccination accelerates.

Eligibility for vaccine in New Jersey continues to be limited to persons 65 and older and younger adults with underlying health conditions.  To get vaccinated, all residents must sign up on the state website,  covidvaccine.nj.gov, so you can be notified when you become eligible. You can also call the New Jersey Call Center Vaccination Support Number between 8 AM and 8 PM:  855-568-0545.

Those who are eligible may also sign up for hospital-based, public, and private sites offering vaccination, such as CVS, and the several New Jersey “Mega Sites.”  All are experiencing demand in excess of supply, so you may need to try multiple times: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-eligible-recipients.  Some CVS and Rite Aid locations are starting to offer vaccine, with the appointments filling within an hour of posting.

You can also use social media to help get an appointment. Join the New Jersey Covid Vaccine Info Facebook group. The 61,000-member group gives New Jerseyans the opportunity to share up-to-date information on vaccine availability.

Follow VaxxUpdates on Twitter. The page helps Garden State residents secure vaccine appointments with instant updates on availability.

Montgomery Township is keeping a limited list of vulnerable, elderly residents lacking internet access or transportation, to help them get access to vaccine.  If you have no internet access, nor transportation, call 908-359-8211 x2400. If you have a neighbor meeting this definition, consider bringing this phone number to his or her attention.


 

FREE VIRTUAL SENIOR PROGRAMS IN MARCH

Somerset County’s Office on Aging is offering a wide variety of virtual programs for seniors throughout March to residents 60 and older. Programs include lectures on the architect Frank Gehry and the Stature of Liberty; a virtual tour of Montgomery’s SAVE animal shelter; virtual meditation and exercise classes; and virtual bingo.

To register for a program or class, call 908-203-6101 or email Donlin@co.somerset.nj.us.


 

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 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.


 

APPLY NOW FOR LOCAL 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. About $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.

 


 

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, 2-24-21.

As of 9AM today, February 26:

Montgomery cases: 950

Montgomery deaths: 20

Rocky Hill cases:  23

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

241   <20

150    20-29

87      30-39

148    40-49

145    50-59

96      60-69

36      70-79

70      80+

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

– 892 presumed recovered a

–  60   currently ill

–  21 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.

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/

2-24: Fifteen New Cases; Vaccination Update; Life in Yellow Zone Requires Caution; Black Professionals Series Continues; Free Mental Health Help; Rent Relief; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been Fifteen (15) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 2-22-21.  A detailed case report follows at the end of this ebulletin.


LIFE IN YELLOW ZONE REQUIRES CAUTION

By Stephanie D. Carey
Montgomery Health Officer

Throughout the month of February, Montgomery and Somerset County have been in the “yellow zone,” meaning that the risk of COVID-19 transmission is “moderate,” an improvement over the orange rating of “high risk” that we had throughout the holiday period.

The most important implication is that we can begin to expand classroom instruction in our schools. On Monday night, I participated with the Board of Health in a meeting organized by the Montgomery Township School District to explain plans to expand classroom days for students currently enrolled in “hybrid” instruction starting Monday, March 1. I was impressed by the thoughtfulness of school officials and community members who attended. The presentation given by school physician Dr. Bert Mandelbaum was very well done.

Gradually returning to more normal school operations is important, and the science tells us that it can be achieved safely. But ALL members of the school community have crucial roles to play in our success.

Currently, the single biggest source of COVID-19 outbreaks is unauthorized practices and competitions among our student athletes. Most often, these outbreaks occur when students are carpooling and/or “hanging out” afterwards. NONE of this unauthorized activity should be occurring. If it continues, it could force us to slow down or reverse the reopening of our schools.

On a traffic light, yellow means caution. Just because the situation has improved, we cannot let down our guard. Everyone needs to do their part to get through the final stretch of this pandemic.


VACCINATION UPDATE

Eligibility for vaccine in New Jersey continues to be limited to persons 65 and older and younger adults with underlying health conditions.  To get vaccinated, all residents must sign up on the state website,  covidvaccine.nj.gov, so you can be notified when you become eligible. You can also call the New Jersey Call Center Vaccination Support Number between 8 AM and 8 PM:  855-568-0545.

Those who are eligible may also sign up for hospital-based, public, and private sites offering vaccination, such as CVS, and the several New Jersey “Mega Sites”.  All are experiencing demand in excess of supply, so you may need to try multiple times: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-eligible-recipients.  Some CVS and Rite Aid locations are starting to offer vaccine, with the appointments filling within an hour of posting.

You can also use social media to help get an appointment. Join the New Jersey Covid Vaccine Info Facebook group. The 61,000-member group gives New Jerseyans the opportunity to share up-to-date information on vaccine availability.

Follow VaxxUpdates on Twitter. The page helps Garden State residents secure vaccine appointments with instant updates on availability.

Montgomery Township is keeping a limited list of vulnerable, elderly residents lacking internet access or transportation, to help them get access to vaccine.  If you have no internet access, nor transportation, call 908-359-8211 x2400. If you have a neighbor meeting this definition, consider bringing this phone number to his or her attention.


 

MONTGOMERY BLACK PROFESSIONALS SERIES CONTINUES

As part of Black History Month, The Montgomery High School Black Student Union and the Montgomery Township Inclusion and Equity Committee present another virtual Black Professionals Roundtable Series on Thursday February 25 at 7 PM.

This week’s event will focus on the Humanities and Creatives. Speakers are musicians Franklin Perkins and Lakin Starling; music industry leaders Ashley Coleman, Esteban Serrano, and Dan “Dilemma” Thomas; and artist Jason Thomas; Biographies are available online.

The goal of the event series is to empower viewers of all ages and races to pursue their professional dreams, and to celebrate Black success. Online registration is required. All are welcome via Zoom.


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 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.


APPLY NOW FOR LOCAL 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. About $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.


TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been fifteen (15) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 2-22-21.

As of 9AM today, February 24

Montgomery cases: 939

Montgomery deaths: 20

Rocky Hill cases:  23

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

233   <20

148   20-29

86     30-39

148   40-49

145   50-59

96     60-69

36     70-79

70     80+

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

– 879 presumed recovered a

–  62   currently ill

–  21 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.

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/

2-22: Eleven New Cases; Vaccination Update; Habitat for Humanity Theft Inspires Generosity; Fresh Start Mindfulness Program; Free Mental Health Help; Rent Relief; 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 Friday, 2-19-21.  A detailed case report follows at the end of this ebulletin.


VACCINATION UPDATE

Eligibility for vaccine in New Jersey continues to be limited to persons 65 and older and younger adults with underlying health conditions.  To get vaccinated, all residents must sign up on the state website,  covidvaccine.nj.gov, so you can be notified when you become eligible. You can also call the New Jersey Call Center Vaccination Support Number between 8 AM and 8 PM:  855-568-0545.

Those who are eligible may also sign up for hospital-based, public, and private sites offering vaccination, such as CVS, and the several New Jersey “Mega Sites.”  All are experiencing demand in excess of supply, so you may need to try multiple times: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-eligible-recipients.  Some CVS and Rite Aid locations are starting to offer vaccine, with the appointments filling within an hour of posting.

Montgomery Township is keeping a limited list of vulnerable, elderly residents lacking internet access or transportation, to help them get access to vaccine.  If you have no internet access, nor transportation, call 908-359-8211 x2400. If you have a neighbor meeting this definition, consider bringing this phone number to his or her attention.


HABITAT FOR HUMANITY THEFT INSPIRES GENEROSITY

 

The Habitat for Humanity project in Montgomery Township was dealt a temporary setback this month with the theft of about $1,800 of lumber from the project site on Willow Road in the Belle Mead section.

But a surge in donations has followed news coverage on ABC7 TV in New York and News 12, which featured an interview with Mayor Devra Keenan over the weekend. A Gofundme page set up by the Montgomery Charity Foundation already has raised over $2,000, and Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity is also raising funds for the local project directly via its website. Additional funds raised will help ensure the completion of the project.


FRESH START FEBRUARY WEEK 4:
MINDFUL WAYS TO STAY UPBEAT!

The Montgomery Township Municipal Alliance has developed a month-long program to help residents facing stress during the pandemic.

The last year has been difficult – a pandemic, political and social unrest, financial distress, isolation, and loneliness. We have been tested in ways we couldn’t have imagined a mere year ago. In trying to deal with ever-changing circumstances, many have turned to unhealthy ways of coping. Fresh Start February offers a chance to start over.

Go to the FRESH START FEBRUARY CALENDAR at:

https://health.montgomery.nj.us/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Fresh-Start-February-Calendar.pdf


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 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.


APPLY NOW FOR LOCAL 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. About $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.


TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been eleven (11) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 2-19-21.

As of 9AM today, February 22

Montgomery cases: 924

Montgomery deaths: 20

Rocky Hill cases:  23

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

229    <20

146    20-29

85      30-39

144    40-49

142    50-59

96      60-69

35      70-79

70      80+

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

– 858 presumed recovered

–  68   currently ill

–  21   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.

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/

2-19: Nineteen New Cases Push Weekly Total to 63; Vaccination Update; Montgomery Schools Expand In-Person Classes; Free Mental Health Help; Rent Relief; 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 Wednesday, 2-17-21, pushing the weekly total above 60 for the first time in a month. For the seven days ending today, 63 residents in Montgomery and Rocky Hill tested positive for COVID-19.

“We see that case rates are falling significantly both county-wide and state-wide.  This week, we identified a specific outbreak related to an unsanctioned youth sports event that drove up our municipal case count,” said Montgomery Township Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey.  “But I am comfortable that this is not an indicator of wider community spread, and the exposed individuals have been quarantined. We are not out of the woods yet—we still need to mask and social distance. With more people getting vaccinated, we need to remember this health crisis is ongoing. Please continue to wear masks and social distance. We are in a race between new infections and vaccination against the virus.”

A detailed case report follows at the end of this ebulletin.


VACCINATION UPDATE

Eligibility for vaccine in New Jersey continues to be limited to persons 65 and older and younger adults with underlying health conditions.  To get vaccinated, we recommend all residents sign up on the state website,  covidvaccine.nj.gov, so you can be notified when you become eligible. You can also call the New Jersey Call Center Vaccination Support Number between 8 AM and 8 PM:  855-568-0545.

Those who are eligible may also sign up for hospital-based, public, and private sites offering vaccination, such as CVS, and the several New Jersey “Mega Sites.”  All are experiencing demand in excess of supply, so you may need to try multiple times: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-eligible-recipients.  Some CVS and Rite Aid locations are starting to offer vaccine, with the appointments filling within an hour of posting.

Montgomery Township is keeping a limited list of vulnerable, elderly residents lacking internet access or transportation, to help them get access to vaccine.  If you have no internet access, nor transportation, call 908-359-8211 x2400. If you have a neighbor meeting this definition, consider bringing this phone number to his or her attention.


MONTGOMERY SCHOOLS EXPAND IN-PERSON CLASSES

Montgomery Township Schools will expand in-person instruction starting March 1 for families who have not opted for all-virtual instruction, according to a policy announced this week by Superintendent Mary E. McLoughlin on behalf of the Board of Education.

Students participating in hybrid instruction, which includes a mix of in-person and virtual instruction, will now be in classrooms either four or five days per week.


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 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.


APPLY NOW FOR LOCAL 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. About $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.


TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been nineteen (19) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 2-17-21.

As of 9AM today, February 19

Montgomery cases: 913

Montgomery deaths: 20

Rocky Hill cases:  23

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

222   <20

144   20-29

85     30-39

143   40-49

141   50-59

96     60-69

35     70-79

70     80+

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

 

–  840 presumed recovered a

–  75 currently ill

–  21 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.

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/

2-17: 44 New COVID Cases Over Five Days; Vaccination Situation Improving; Parents May Attend Youth Sports; Some Tax Payments Returned to Sender; “Fresh Start” Week 3; Rent Relief; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been forty-four (44) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report five days ago on Friday, 2-12-21.  Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.


VACCINATION SITUATION IMPROVING

While vaccination appointments continue to be difficult to get, there is reason to expect improvement soon. Montgomery Health Office Stephanie D. Carey has been informed that New Jersey’s weekly allocation of COVID-19 vaccine has doubled starting this week, which will increase the availability at the Somerset County vaccination site at Raritan Valley Community College, and elsewhere.

Montgomery’s EMS ambulance team has been providing support at the RVCC vaccination site, so there’s a chance you’ll run into a neighbor when your turn arrives, says MEMS president Carol Raymond.

“It’s been very rewarding to help get people vaccinated, and the RVCC site is very well run, getting people vaccinated and out in less than an hour,” said Ellen Nusbaum, who recently volunteered at RVCC.

Eligibility for vaccine in New Jersey continues to be limited to persons 65 and older and younger adults with underlying health conditions. As of this week, 1 million New Jerseyans have received at least one shot, or roughly 11% of state residents. That number will climb steadily in the weeks ahead.

To get vaccinated, we recommend all residents sign up on the state website,  covidvaccine.nj.gov, so you can be notified when you become eligible.

You can also call the New Jersey Call Center Vaccination Support Number between 8 AM and 8 PM:  855-568-0545.

Those who are eligible may also sign up for hospital-based, public, and private sites offering vaccination, such as CVS, and the several New Jersey “Mega Sites.”  All are experiencing demand in excess of supply, so you may need to try multiple times: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-eligible-recipients.  Some CVS and Rite Aid locations are starting to offer vaccine, with the appointments filling within an hour of posting.

Montgomery Township is keeping a limited list of vulnerable, elderly residents lacking internet access or transportation, to help them get access to vaccine.  If you have no internet access, nor transportation, call 908-359-8211 x2400. If you have a neighbor meeting this definition, consider bringing this phone number to his or her attention.


PARENTS MAY ATTEND YOUTH SPORTS

Governor Murphy recently announced Executive Order No. 220, which immediately enabled parents or guardians to attend indoor and outdoor youth sports practices or competitions.

Up to two parents or guardians per athlete under the age of 21 will be able to attend indoor or outdoor youth sports practices and competitions. No other spectators are permitted, and even with the parents or guardians, indoor youth sporting events may never exceed 35% capacity or 150 people. All spectators must follow the Department of Health’s sports activities guidance, including mask requirements, social distancing guidelines, and staying home when sick. Spectators will be expected to cooperate with contact-tracing efforts. School districts retain the ability to impose stricter guidelines and not allow spectators, and also have the discretion on whether and when to implement today’s policy regarding parents or guardians.


SOME TAX PAYMENTS ‘RETURNED TO SENDER’

Over 25 Montgomery homeowners have reported the US Postal Service returned as undeliverable their recent property tax payments to Montgomery, despite using the correct address.  If this has happened to you, the best solution is to hand deliver your payment to the drop box at 2261 Van Horne Road (Route 206 North) in Belle Mead.  Include the “return to sender” label and your late fee will be waived.


FRESH START FEBRUARY
OFFERS MINDFUL WAYS TO STAY UPBEAT!

 

The Montgomery Township Municipal Alliance has developed a month-long program to help residents facing stress during the pandemic.

The last year has been difficult – a pandemic, political and social unrest, financial distress, isolation, and loneliness. We have been tested in ways we couldn’t have imagined a mere year ago. In trying to deal with ever-changing circumstances, many have turned to unhealthy ways of coping. Fresh Start February offers a chance to start over.  You can do these calendared activities anytime in any order, but why not start now?

Go to the FRESH START FEBRUARY CALENDAR at:

https://health.montgomery.nj.us/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Fresh-Start-February-Calendar.pdf


APPLY NOW FOR LOCAL 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. About $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.

 


TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been forty-four (44) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report five days ago on Friday, 2-12-21. No report was made on Monday due to the President’s Day holiday.

As of 9AM today, February 17

Montgomery cases: 894

Montgomery deaths: 20

Rocky Hill cases:  23

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

214   <20

141   20-29

85     30-39

141   40-49

139   50-59

96     60-69

34     70-79

67     80+

 

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

–  825 presumed recovered a

–  71 currently ill

– 21 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.

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/

2-12: Ten New COVID Cases Since Wednesday; First Responders Thanked; Vaccination Update; Shop Local for Valentines; Health Exchange Open; Rent Relief; 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 Wednesday, 2-10-21.  Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.


46 NEW CASES OVER LAST 7 DAYS

Over the last 7 days, Montgomery Township and Rocky Hill logged 46 new cases, continuing to suggest a plateau in local transmission after peaks of more than 60 weekly cases during the holidays.

“We are headed in the right direction, but the level is still much higher than it was last summer,” said Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey. “We really need to keep up our vigilance with masking and social distancing until vaccination becomes much more prevalent.”


MONTY FIRST RESPONDERS RECEIVE THANKS FROM COMMUNITY

Members of the Montgomery Township Police, Fire, and EMS departments this week received cards and letters of thanks “for always being there when we need you,” as one put it.  The letters were part of a “Thank a Hero” initiative organized by the Montgomery Recreation Department and promoted via the Montgomery Together website.


VACCINATION UPDATE

New Jersey and Somerset County continue to experience a big gap between the large demand for vaccines and a limited supply. Somerset County is receiving 700 doses per week for a population of more than 325,000. Eligible for vaccination are all adults 65 and older, or adults 16+ with underlying health conditions. Veterans may be eligible through the Veteran’s Administration.

Raritan Valley Community College continues to be the centralized public health site for vaccines in Somerset County. To get vaccinated at RVCC you should get on the state website covidvaccine.nj.gov.  If you or someone you know does not have access to the internet, call the New Jersey Call Center Vaccination Support Number between 8 AM and 8 PM:  855-568-0545.

Montgomery Township is keeping a limited list of vulnerable, elderly residents lacking internet access or transportation, to help them get access to vaccine.  If you have no internet access or transportation, call 908-359-8211 x2400. If you have a neighbor meeting this definition, consider bringing this phone number to his or her attention.

There are some hospital-based, public, and private sites offering vaccination, such as CVS.  All are experiencing volume in excess of supply, but eligible Montgomery residents are welcome to try them at this site: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-eligible-recipients


 

SHOP LOCAL FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

Montgomery Together has created a list of “shop local” ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day safely at home, or socially distanced. Some highlights:

  • A “chocolate tasting” with sweets from Robinson’s Chocolates
  • Watch the movie Mystic Pizza while eating a local pie made by Alfonso’s, Beniamino’s, Genteel’s, or New World.
  • Spoil your furry Valentine with a treat from T&T Pet Supply

Visit the Montgomery Together website for more ideas, and for a list of local Valentine’s Day promotions.


NJ STATE HEALTH CARE EXCHANGE OPEN UNTIL MAY 15

New Jersey will extend the open enrollment period for its health insurance marketplace, initially set to expire yesterday, through May 15, in response to the ongoing pandemic.

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 coverage is provided through New Jersey’s state-run health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act is now open.

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 May 15, 2021.


 

APPLY NOW FOR LOCAL 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. About $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.


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been ten (10) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 2-10-21.

As of 9AM today, February 12

Montgomery cases: 851

Montgomery deaths: 20

Rocky Hill cases:  22

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

198  <20

133  20-29

81    30-39

132  40-49

132  50-59

96    60-69

30    70-79

64    80+

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

 

–  809 presumed recovered

–  43 currently ill

– 21 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/

2-10: Twenty New COVID Cases; Vaccination Update; Shop Local for Valentines; Health Exchange Open; Rent Relief; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been twenty (20) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 2-8-21.  Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.


VACCINATION UPDATE

New Jersey and Somerset County continue to experience a big gap between the large demand for vaccines and a limited supply. Somerset County is receiving 700 doses per week for a population of more than 325,000. Eligible for vaccination are all adults 65 and older, or adults 16+ with underlying health conditions. Veterans may be eligible through the Veteran’s Administration.

Raritan Valley Community College continues to be the centralized public health site for vaccines in Somerset County. To get vaccinated at RVCC you should get on the state website covidvaccine.nj.gov.  If you or someone you know does not have access to the internet, call the New Jersey Call Center Vaccination Support Number between 8 AM and 8 PM:  855-568-0545.

Montgomery Township is keeping a limited list of vulnerable, elderly residents lacking internet access or transportation, to help them get access to vaccine.  If you have no internet access, nor transportation, call 908-359-8211 x2400. If you have a neighbor meeting this definition, consider bringing this phone number to his or her attention.

There are some hospital-based, public, and private sites offering vaccination, such as CVS and Walgreens.  All are experiencing volume in excess of supply, but eligible Montgomery residents are welcome to try them at this site: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-eligible-recipients


 

SHOP LOCAL FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

Montgomery Together has created a list of “shop local” ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day safely at home, or socially distanced. Some highlights:

  • A “chocolate tasting” with sweets from Robinson’s Chocolates
  • Watch the movie Mystic Pizza while eating a local pie made by Alfonso’s, Beniamino’s, Genteel’s, or New World.
  • Spoil your furry Valentine with a treat from T&T Pet Supply

Visit the Montgomery Together website for more ideas, and for a list of local Valentine’s Day promotions.


 

NJ STATE HEALTH CARE EXCHANGE OPEN UNTIL MAY 15

New Jersey will extend the open enrollment period for its health insurance marketplace, initially set to expire yesterday, through May 15, in response to the ongoing pandemic.

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 coverage is provided through New Jersey’s state-run health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act is now open.

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 May 15, 2021.



APPLY NOW FOR LOCAL 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. About $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.


 

BEWARE OF UTILITY COMPANY SCAMS

PSE&G reports a recent increase in scammers contacting customers and falsely alleging overdue balances and threatening to shut off power without immediate payment. At this time, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, PSE&G has suspended any service disconnections for residential customers.

While the common scam tactic of requesting a prepaid debit card to provide payment available at local pharmacies and convenience stores is still active, some con artists are now demanding payment via digital payment platforms or apps.

Don’t let yourself be scammed. For more information, visit the PSE&G website.


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been twenty (20) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 2-8-21.

As of 9AM today, February 8

Montgomery cases: 841

Montgomery deaths: 20

Rocky Hill cases:  22

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

 

195   <20

134  20-29

81    30-39

132  40-49

132  50-59

96    60-69

29    70-79

64    80+

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

–  805 presumed recovered a

–  37 currently ill

– 21 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/

2-8 : One More Death and 16 New COVID Cases; Sign Up on Multiple Vaccination Lists; Shop Local for Valentines; Business Association Annual Meeting; Fresh Start in Feb.; Black Professionals Webinar; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been one (1) additional death and sixteen (16) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 2-5-21.  Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.


SIGN UP ON MULTIPLE VACCINATION LISTS

New Jersey and Somerset County continue to experience a big gap between the large demand for vaccines and a limited supply. Somerset County is receiving 700 doses per week for a population of more than 325,000. Eligible for vaccination are all adults 65 and older, or adults 16+ with underlying health conditions. Veterans may be eligible through the Veteran’s Administration.

Raritan Valley Community College continues to be the centralized public health site for vaccines in Somerset County. The best way to get vaccinated at RVCC is to get on the state website covidvaccine.nj.gov.  If you or someone you know does not have access to the internet, call the New Jersey Call Center Vaccination Support Number between 8 AM and 8 PM:  855-568-0545.

Montgomery Township is keeping its own list of residents 65 and older, only for people without internet access or unable to drive.  We will use this list if we are able to procure vaccine for local use. 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.

There are some hospital-based, public, and private sites offering vaccination, such as CVS and Walgreens.  All are experiencing volume in excess of supply, but eligible Montgomery residents are welcome to try them at this site: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-eligible-recipients


 

SHOP LOCAL FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

Montgomery Together has created a list of “shop local” ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day safely at home, or socially distanced. Some highlights:

  • A “chocolate tasting” with sweets from Robinson’s Chocolates
  • Watch the movie Mystic Pizza while eating a local pie made by Alfonso’s, Beniamino’s, Genteel’s, or New World.
  • Spoil your furry Valentine with a treat from T&T Pet Supply

Visit the Montgomery Together website for more ideas, and for a list of local Valentine’s Day promotions.


MONTY BUSINESS ASSN HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING

The Montgomery Business Association (MBA) will hold its annual meeting tomorrow, Tuesday February 9 from 8-9:30 AM. Each member / guest will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and their local business.

The invited speaker is Montgomery Mayor, Devra Keenan, and additional township officials will provide a community update. The membership will vote to select the 2021 MBA Board of Directors.  The event is free for Members and $10 for Non-members. See Full Agenda. Register at:

https://www.shoplocalmontgomery.com/event-4103150/Registration


FRESH START FEBRUARY CALENDAR
OFFERS MINDFUL WAYS TO STAY UPBEAT!

The Montgomery Township Municipal Alliance has developed a month-long program to help residents facing stress during the pandemic.

The last year has been difficult – a pandemic, political and social unrest, financial distress, isolation, and loneliness. We have been tested in ways we couldn’t have imagined a mere year ago. In trying to deal with ever-changing circumstances, many have turned to unhealthy ways of coping. Fresh Start February offers a chance to start over.

Go to the FRESH START FEBRUARY CALENDAR at:

https://health.montgomery.nj.us/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Fresh-Start-February-Calendar.pdf


 

MONTGOMERY BLACK PROFESSIONALS SERIES CONTINUES

Throughout February the MHS Black Student Union & Montgomery Inclusion & Equity Committee are co-hosting a weekly series of roundtables led by Black professionals. Week #1’s Health and STEM panel were (L to R) Top row: Cynthia Okocha, former Montgomery Mayor Sadaf Jaffer, Grace Johnson. Middle row: Dr. Ena Marsan, Twana Young, and Lauren Barber. Bottom row: Nidalia Wolfe.

 

The Montgomery High School Black Student Union and the Montgomery Township Inclusion and Equity Committee present another virtual Black Professionals Roundtable Series on Thursday February 11 at 7 PM.

This week’s event will focus on law and government. Speakers are Somerset County Commissioner Director Shanel Robinson, Montgomery Township Asst. Admin. / CFO Michael Pitts, and attorney Antoinette Forbes, Esq. Biographies are available online.

The goal of the event series is to empower viewers of all ages and races to pursue their professional dreams, and to celebrate Black success. Last week’s inaugural session on health and STEM professions can be watched online.

Online registration is required at bit.ly/montyblackprofessionals. All are welcome via Zoom.


TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been sixteen (16) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill and one (1) additional death since our last report on Friday, 2-5-21.

As of 9AM today, February 8

Montgomery cases: 821

Montgomery deaths: 20

Rocky Hill cases:  22

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

189   <20

132   20-29

79     30-39

128   40-49

131    50-59

96      60-69

29      70-79

59      80+

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

 

– 796 presumed recovered a

– 27 currently ill

– 21 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/

Fresh Start February Calendar Offers Mindful Ways to Stay Upbeat!

The last ten months have been difficult – a pandemic, political and social unrest, financial distress, isolation, and loneliness. We have been tested in ways we couldn’t have imagined a mere year ago. In trying to deal with ever-changing circumstances, many have turned to unhealthy ways of coping. Fresh Start February offers a chance to start over.

Go to the FRESH START FEBRUARY CALENDAR at:

https://health.montgomery.nj.us/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Fresh-Start-February-Calendar.pdf

Can you change your life in 28 days? We think you can!

By investing 10-20 minutes a day in yourself and focusing on your mental health, you are taking an important step forward in changing your life. These daily activities are based on proven concepts for improving mental health – practicing mindfulness, expressing gratitude, checking in with yourself, reducing screen time, and moving your body. Each day, take note of how you feel before and after you complete the daily activity. If an activity makes you feel better, keep doing it! By the end of the month, you will have tried 28 positive coping strategies. Take the ones that you most connect with and make them a part of your mental health toolbox.

Every Monday features a YouTube video on mindfulness techniques by a certified teacher from Montgomery High School, including anchor breathing, body scan, mindfulness eating, and gratitude thinking.  But you can reference these videos again and again, anytime.

We can come out of this pandemic mentally stronger.

Sometimes all we need is a fresh start!

This calendar is an initiative of the Montgomery / Rocky Hill Municipal Alliance.