3-15: Thirteen New Cases; Free Testing in Monty Tuesday; Recreation Sign-Up Starts Today; Vaccination Eligibility Expands Today; Free Mental Health Help; Rent Relief; Detailed COVID Case Data

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been thirteen (13) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 3-12-21. Detailed case data are available at the end of this ebulletin.


FREE COVID TESTING IN MONTGOMERY TUESDAY

 

Somerset County is operating a free COVID-19 testing site Tuesday in the courtroom of the Montgomery Township Municipal Building at 2261 Route 206 in Belle Mead. Pre-registration is available, and walk-ins will also be accepted. Testing will be offered from 1 to 4pm on March 16 from. Any Somerset County resident aged 5 and older is eligible and no prescription is needed. Pre-registration is available online or by calling 908-231-7155. Additional information is on the Montgomery website.


SIGN UP TODAY FOR SPRING RECREATION

Montgomery Recreation’s spring newsletter has been posted online and should have arrived in your mailbox.  Registration starts today, so check out our offerings and sign up now! Some of the programs we’re most excited about:

  • “Move U,” a new introductory exercise class for adults held at Montgomery Park
  • Speed and Agility training for grades 7th and up at OKCC
  • “Soccer Squirts” for ages 3 to 7
  • Tennis at UMS for grades K-8

We will also offer virtual classes in the spring including cooking, coding, piano, and chess. All programs are closely monitoring state and local COVID guidelines.

If you have questions about our programs, please email us at recreation@twp.montgomery.nj.us or call at 609-466-3023.


ELIGIBLITY FOR VACCINATIONS EXPANDS TODAY

Starting today, New Jersey has expanded vaccine eligibility to educators and many other groups, including transportation workers, migrant farm workers, members of tribal communities, individuals experiencing homelessness or living in shelters, and more.

The State’s vaccine call center is pro-actively reaching out to people aged 75 and older who are registered to receive the vaccine to provide assistance with scheduling an appointment.

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.”  There is a new Vaccine Finder website that may be useful, particularly for local pharmacies: https://vaccinefinder.org/search/.

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.


COUNTY OFFERING FREE MENTAL HEALTH HELP

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 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 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.


COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been thirteen (13) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 3-12-21.

 

As of 9AM today, March 15

Montgomery cases: 1042

Montgomery deaths: 21

Rocky Hill cases:  25

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

264   <20

169   20-29

98     30-39

164   40-49

159   50-59

102   60-69

39     70-79

72     80+

 

1067 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 1004 presumed recovered

–  41  currently ill

– 22 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/

 

3-12: Sixteen New Cases; Cases Up among Youth Ahead of Spring Break; Free Testing in Monty Tuesday; Food Drive Saturday; NJ Relaxes Rules for Businesses & Gatherings; Expanded Vaccination Eligibility; 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, 3-10-21, and 42 cases over the last seven days as shown in the chart. Detailed case data available at the end of this ebulletin.


 

CASES UP AMONG YOUTH AHEAD OF SPRING BREAK

By Stephanie D. Carey
Montgomery Township Health Officer

Montgomery’s new COVID-19 case counts have remained stubbornly high, averaging about 40 cases weekly over the last six weeks. None of these cases are among adults 60 and older, suggesting that vaccines are working among that high-priority group. But cases are rising fast among youth under the age of 20.

Since late January, we have had a 46% increase in cases among the youngest residents, bringing the grand total to 259 youth cases. As I have previously reported, we are seeing new cases driven by youth socializing and sports. The arrival of the United Kingdom variant is another key factor, the UK variant is 70% more transmissible than the original virus.

With Spring Break on the horizon, accelerated cases among vacationing youth is a serious risk. The Montgomery schools will be closed for break between March 27 and April 7th. During this time, it will be tempting for young people and families to travel outside of our area, where COVID-19 may be more widespread.

If you or other household members are planning to travel, please keep these principles in mind:

  1. Outdoor socializing is always better than indoors. Take advantage of the nice weather and see people outdoors during the warmth of the day, while avoiding crowds.
  2. Minimize the interaction among people who live in different household. The good news is that fully vaccinated grandparents can now visit with unvaccinated adult children and grandchildren—but only one unvaccinated household at a time!
  3. If you travel, wear a mask anytime you are with people who do not live with you, and maintain social distance.
  4. It is better not to fly to a traditional Spring Break location, but if you do, follow the guidance provided by the CDC.
  5. Upon your return, self-quarantine from anyone who did not travel with you.  Get tested 5 days after your return, before having close contact with others, (or self-quarantine 10 days without a test).

We need to get through just a couple of more months until vaccinations are available to everyone. Please be as cautious as you possibly can be.


FREE COVID TESTING IN MONTGOMERY TUESDAY

Somerset County is operating a free COVID-19 testing site Tuesday in the Montgomery Township courtroom. Pre-registration is available and walk-ins will also be accepted. Testing will be offered from 1 to 4pm on March 16 from. Any Somerset County resident aged 5 and older is eligible and no prescription is needed. Pre-registration is available online or by calling 908-231-7155. Additional information is available on the Montgomery website.



FOOD PANTRY DRIVE SATURDAY AT SHOP RITE

The Montgomery Food Pantry is partnering with the Princeton Elks Club and the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department #2 on a food drive in front of Montgomery ShopRite from 9am to 3pm tomorrow Saturday, March 13 & Sunday, March 14.  For more information, click here:

https://montgomerytogether.us/food-pantry-information/


NJ RELAXES RULES FOR BUSINESSES & GATHERINGS

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy this week signed Executive Order No. 230, which will increase indoor capacity limits for certain businesses and increase both the general indoor and outdoor gathering limit, while retaining the mandate on wearing mask in public. The changes went into effect this morning.

The following businesses may increase indoor capacity limits from 35 percent to 50 percent, excluding the employees:

  • Indoor premises of restaurants, cafeterias, and food courts, and bars
  • Indoor recreation, amusement, and entertainment businesses
  • Personal care services (barber shops, nail salons, and other personal care businesses)

Rules for indoor gatherings

  • The indoor gathering limit will increase from 10 people to 25 people.
  • Indoor gatherings that currently have a higher limit  – religious services or ceremonies, political events, weddings, memorial services, or performances – are unchanged.

Rules for outdoor gatherings:

  • The general outdoor gathering limit will increase from 25 people to 50 people.
  • Outdoor gatherings that are religious services or ceremonies, political events, weddings, funerals or memorial services will remain unchanged.

UPDATE ON EXPANDED ELIGIBLIITY FOR VACCINATIONS

In addition to everyone 65 and older, and adults with underlying conditions, eligibility for vaccines has expanded to include Pre-K through 12th grade educators and childcare workers. Beginning Monday, additional categories will be eligible to book appointments for the vaccine. Click here for more information about vaccine eligibility.

The State’s vaccine call center is pro-actively reaching out to people aged 75 and older who are registered to receive the vaccine to provide assistance with scheduling an appointment. Click here for more information on efforts to expand vaccine capacity and access.

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.”  There is a new Vaccine Finder website that may be useful, particularly for local pharmacies: https://vaccinefinder.org/search/.

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.


COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been sixteen (16) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 3-10-21.

As of 9AM today, March 12

Montgomery cases: 1029

Montgomery deaths: 21

Rocky Hill cases:  25

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

259    <20

168    20-29

96      30-39

162    40-49

157    50-59

101    60-69

39     70-79

72     80+

1054 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 961 presumed recovered a

–  71 currently ill

– 22 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/

3-10: Fifteen New Cases; Thanks to COVID-19 Heroes; New CDC Guidance for Vaccinated People; Expanded Vaccination Eligibility; Free Mental Health Help; Beware of Phone Scams; 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, 3-8-21. Detailed case data available at the end of this ebulletin.


THANKS TO COVID-19 HEROES

Montgomery Twp Public Health Shield

By Stephanie D. Carey
Montgomery Health Officer

Governor Murphy declared yesterday, March 9, as COVID-19 Heroes Day. I want to extend my deepest thanks to all my Public Health staff, who have been working tirelessly to bring this pandemic to an end.

Our hospital workers save the lives of the desperately ill, under tremendous strain. The job of public health workers is to keep those people from ever getting sick in the first place.  When we succeed, that, by its nature, makes us invisible, with “the silent victories of public health.”

I also want to thank our community for exceptionally high levels of cooperation with my team. When we contact your household, our goal is to help keep you and your neighbors safe and avoid hospitalizations.  Thanks to your cooperation and adherence to public health guidelines, our community has many COVID-19 heroes.


NEW CDC GUIDANCE FOR VACCINATED PEOPLE

The number of COVID-19 vaccine doses given in New Jersey continues to grow rapidly, by over half a million since the start of the month. As of yesterday, 2.6 million doses have been given, including 870,000 that are second doses.

As more Americans have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, the CDC has issued new guidance for fully vaccinated people. Full vaccination status kicks in two weeks after receiving a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, and two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Fully vaccinated people may socialize with each other in private homes without masks and social distancing.  They can also socialize with the unvaccinated members of a single household, so long as none of their household members is at increased risk of severe illness. This is the basis for allowing fully vaccinated grandparents to socialize with adult children and grandchildren.

The CDC advises that fully vaccinated people should still wear masks and socially distance when in public, or when mingling with people from more than one household.


EXPANDED ELIGIBILITY FOR VACCINES

In addition to everyone 65 and older and adults with underlying conditions, eligibility for vaccines has expanded to include Pre-K through 12th grade educators and childcare workers in licensed and registered settings are now eligible for the vaccine. Click here for more information about vaccine eligibility.

The State’s vaccine call center is pro-actively reaching out to people aged 75 and older who are registered to receive the vaccine to provide assistance with scheduling an appointment. Click here for more information on efforts to expand vaccine capacity and access.

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.”  There is a new Vaccine Finder website that may be useful, particularly for local pharmacies: https://vaccinefinder.org/search/.

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.


COUNTY OFFERING FREE MENTAL HEALTH HELP

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.


 BEWARE OF TELPHONE SCAMS

Montgomery Police received a report from a local business that a person purporting to be from their utility company attempted to solicit payment for their utility bill over the telephone.  The caller provided specific information regarding the employee’s business and requested payment for an outstanding utility bill in the form of gift cards.  Fortunately, the employee realized their account was in good standing and this was a scam.

Below are some red flags for businesses and households to look out for:

  • You receive a call from what looks like your utility provider on your caller ID.
  • The caller threatens to shut off your service and demands an immediate payment by cash, pre-paid card, wire transfer or Bitcoin.
  • The caller informs you that you require a new meter and demands a deposit before the installation can occur.
  • You’re given a phone number to call back that, when called, may sound similar to your utility provider’s automated call system.
  • The caller alerts you that, because of your good bill-paying history, you’re eligible for a bill reduction or discount but you must provide information first.

As another reminder, utility providers do not accept payment via prepaid gift cards, wire transfers or cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin.


COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been fifteen (15) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 3-8-21.

As of 9AM today, March 10:

Montgomery cases: 1013

Montgomery deaths: 21

Rocky Hill cases:  25

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

254    <20

164    20-29

94      30-39

159    40-49

155    50-59

101    60-69

39      70-79

72      80+

1038 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 956 presumed recovered

–  63 currently ill

–  22 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/

3-08: Eleven New Cases; Get Ready for Happier Days with Monty Recreation; Expanded Vaccination Eligibility; Free Mental Health Help; “Shop Montgomery Week” Underway; 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, 3-5-21. Detailed case data available at the end of this ebulletin.


GET READY FOR BRIGHTER DAYS WITH MONTY REC!

By Karen Zimmerman
Montgomery Recreation Director

The Recreation Department is getting ready for sunnier days this spring and summer with programs for adults and children. We know most residents are experiencing the worst case of “cabin fever” of their lives and will be excited to get exercise and reconnect with friends and neighbors as we gradually emerge from the worst of the COVID-19 crisis.

Our spring program has been posted online and will be arriving this week in your mailboxes.  Registration starts on Monday March 15th, so check out our offerings now! Some of the programs we’re most excited about:

  • “Move U,” a new introductory exercise class for adults held at Montgomery Park
  • Speed and Agility training for grades 7th and up at OKCC
  • “Soccer Squirts” for ages 3 to 7
  • Tennis at UMS for grades K-8

We will also offer virtual classes in the spring including cooking, coding, piano, and chess.

Summer promises to be even better as we plan to bring back all your favorite camps including Fal-Rooney, Grundy Hoops, Let’s Put on a Musical and, of course our longest running (and most loved) Rec n Crew!

We are closely monitoring state and local COVID guidelines, and we will have an updated Summer Camp Guide online in mid-April, with sign-ups starting May 3. If you would like to have our summer guide emailed to you and keep up to date with all things “Rec”, please email us at recreation@twp.montgomery.nj.us, and we will add you to our list. If you have questions about any of our camps or programs, please call us at 609-466-3023.

Sunnier days ahead!


UPDATE ON EXPANDED ELIGIBLIITY FOR VACCINATIONS

In addition to everyone 65 and older and adults with underlying conditions, eligibility for vaccines has expanded to include Pre-K through 12th grade educators and childcare workers in licensed and registered settings are now eligible for the vaccine.

Beginning March 15th, additional categories of people will be eligible to book appointments for the vaccine, including transportation workers, migrant farm workers, members of tribal communities, individuals experiencing homelessness or living in shelters, and more. Click here for more information about vaccine eligibility.

The State’s vaccine call center is pro-actively reaching out to people aged 75 and older who are registered to receive the vaccine to provide assistance with scheduling an appointment. Click here for more information on efforts to expand vaccine capacity and access.

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.”  There is a new Vaccine Finder website that may be useful, particularly for local pharmacies: https://vaccinefinder.org/search/.

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.


COUNTY OFFERING FREE MENTAL HEALTH HELP

If you or your family are experiencing feelings of isolation, fear, confusion, anxiety, or stress, Somerse

t 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.


 “SHOP MONTGOMERY WEEK” THIS WEEK!

The Montgomery Business Association is holding its first “shop local” week with a prize for posting a “selfie” photo that promotes a favorite local business. To qualify, use the hashtag #shopmontgomeryweeknj when posting a photo on social media. The photo earning the most engagement on social media each week will win $100. The first week of the promotion runs March 7th through 13th.

The initiative will be run the second week of each month.


COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been eleven (11) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 3-5-21.

As of 9AM today, March 8:

Montgomery cases: 998

Montgomery deaths: 21

Rocky Hill cases:  23

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

250   <20

160   20-29

92     30-39

158   40-49

153   50-59

100   60-69

36     70-79

72     80+

1021 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 949 presumed recovered a

–  50   currently ill

–  22 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/

3-05: Ten New Cases & 37 for the Week; Mayor Presses County for Montgomery Vaccine Site; “Shop Montgomery Week”; Rent Relief; COVID Resources

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been ten (10) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 3-3-21, bringing the weekly total to 37 cases, the same as the prior week. Detailed case data are not available this week due to clinical commitments of the Montgomery Health Department.


 

MAYOR KEENAN PRESSES FOR MONTGOMERY VACCINATION SITE

Montgomery Mayor Devra Keenan has written a letter to Somerset County that presses for a satellite vaccination site in Montgomery, the mayor announced at last night’s Township Committee meeting.

“I am writing out of concern that the county’s use of Raritan Valley Community College as the county’s sole vaccination site is not meeting the needs of Montgomery’s 23,000+ residents, many of whom live more than 20 miles from RVCC,” the letter states.

The mayor’s letter explains that the township has identified 300 vulnerable residents who cannot effectively access RVCC or other vaccination sites, and that the township is uniquely suited to managing a satellite vaccination program.

“Montgomery Township’s Health Department is the only health department in our county with national public health accreditation, and one of only five in the entire state of New Jersey. Our health department has doubled its staff to 14 since the pandemic and is available to dedicate significant resources to a “south county” vaccination site.

Mayor Keenan last night said that in response to her letter, County Administrator Colleen Mahr has agreed to visit the township next week to look at potential sites for providing vaccinations, although no commitment has been made at this time to establishing a site in town.


 

VACCINATION UPDATE

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.”  There is a new Vaccine Finder website that may be useful, particularly for local pharmacies: https://vaccinefinder.org/search/.

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.


 

ELECTRONIC WASTE DROP-OFF TOMORROW

Somerset County residents will have an opportunity to dispose of their unwanted recyclable electronic items at the Electronic Waste recycling event tomorrow, March 6 from 8 AM to 2 PM at South County Public Works Garage, 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough.

Eligible for E-Recycling are computers, Monitors, Cables, Circuit Boards, Keyboards, Mainframe Equipment & Controllers, Mice, Modems, Power Supplies, Printers, Scanners, Wiring, Copiers, Fax Machines, Typewriters, Audio Visual Equipment, and Camcorders.

Additional info is available on the Montgomery Township website or theMontgomery Community Calendar.


 “SHOP MONTGOMERY WEEK” STARTS SUNDAY

The Montgomery Business Association on Sunday starts a “shop local” week that offers a prize for posting a “selfie” photo that promotes a favorite local business. The initiative will be run the second week of each month. To qualify, use the hashtag #shopmontgomeryweeknj when posting a photo on social media. The photo earning the most engagement on social media each week will win $100. The first week of the promotion runs March 7th through 13th.


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.


 

COVID-19 RESOURCES

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/

3-03: One Death & 12 New Cases Bring Grand Total to 1,000; UK Variant of Virus in Montgomery; NJ Expands Vaccine Eligibility; Summer Jobs in NJ Parks; Rent Relief; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

Our community has one (1) more COVID-19 death and twelve (12) new cases since Monday, bringing the grand total to 1,000 cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill.  A detailed case report follows at the end of this ebulletin.


 

“UK VARIANT” HAS REACHED MONTGOMERY

By Stephanie D. Carey
Montgomery Township Health Officer

The highly transmissible “UK variant” of COVID-19 has been identified among the new cases recently reported here in Montgomery Township. This may explain why we are not seeing a steep, post-holiday decline in cases as we had anticipated. As we approach the first anniversary of pandemic-related lockdowns, Montgomery and Rocky Hill have had 1,000 total cases.

While the UK variant is not associated with higher rates of hospitalization or death, it does spread up to 70% more easily from person to person, according to published research. For this reason, I urge residents to continue to be vigilant about following safety protocols such as wearing masks, social distancing, and washing hands. Indoor gatherings and carpooling with others are especially risky activities.

Fortunately, the pace of vaccination is accelerating, especially with a newly approved single-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson. All of the vaccines have been shown to be effective against the UK variant.  Public health officials, including my staff, are working very hard to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible. Let’s do everything we can to win this race between infection and vaccination.


VACCINE PRODUCTION ACCELERATES AS NJ EXPANDS VACCINE ELIGIBILITY FOR TEACHERS, OTHERS

The Biden Administration yesterday announced an accelerated vaccine program  that would produce enough doses for every adult American by the end of May. On Monday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced expanded eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccines beyond those 65 and older or with underlying health conditions.

Beginning Monday, March 15, the following categories will be eligible for vaccination:

  • Educators, including support staff, in pre-K through 12th grade settings
  • Childcare workers in licensed and registered settings
  • Public and local transportation workers
  • Public safety workers
  • Migrant farm workers
  • Members of tribal communities
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness and those living in shelters

And beginning Monday, March 29, a variety of frontline essential workers will become eligible for vaccination, including those in food production, agriculture, and distribution; social services, clergy, and more.

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.”  There is a new Vaccine Finder website that may be useful, particularly for local pharmacies: https://vaccinefinder.org/search/.

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.


 

STATE PARKS AND FORESTS OFFER SUMMER JOBS

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The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is accepting applications for hundreds of jobs throughout state parks, forests and natural and historic sites, Acting Commissioner Shawn LaTourette announced today.

Beyond providing a fun and engaging summer work experience in New Jersey’s parks, these seasonal jobs can introduce New Jerseyans from all backgrounds to long-term career paths in environmental protection. Available positions include naturalists, history educators, visitor service assistants, trail stewards, office assistants, lifeguards, and maintenance personnel.

The State Park Service takes COVID-19 precautions especially seriously. Protocols are followed and all employees are provided with the essential personal protective equipment needed while at work. To learn more about which locations are accepting applications or to apply for a specific position, visit www.nj.gov/dep/workinparks.

Applicants for all positions are encouraged to check with the park office of their choice by Friday, March 12 about specific positions, scheduling and other job-related inquiries. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible.


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 one (1) new death and twelve (12) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 3-1-21.

 

As of 9AM today, March 3

Montgomery cases: 977

Montgomery deaths: 21

Rocky Hill cases:  23

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

248   <20

156    20-29

91      30-39

152    40-49

148    50-59

97      60-69

36     70-79

72     80+

 

1,000 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 924 presumed recovered

– 54   currently ill

– 22 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/

3-01: Fifteen New Cases; 2+ Million Vaccine Doses in NJ; Municipal Newsletter Published; Farmland Preserved; Free Virtual Senior Programs; 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 Friday, 2-26-21.  A detailed case report follows at the end of this ebulletin.


Over 2 MILLION VACCINE DOSES IN NEW JERSEY

2M Vax Doses

Over 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to New Jerseyans, as the chart above shows. In Somerset County, about 37,000 residents had been vaccinated, according to county health officer Dr. Nametha Reddy in a video released last week.

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. There is a new Vaccine Finder website that may be useful, particularly for local pharmacies: https://vaccinefinder.org/search/ In addition, New Jersey has a listing of sites: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-eligible-recipients.

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.


TOWNSHIP’S SPRING NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED

Montgomery Township’s municipal newsletter has been published this week as a supplement to the Montgomery News.  You can also read it online. Topics include Earth Day 2021, Township Committee message with an update on the new Municipal Center, recent Black History Month activities, and more.


MONTGOMERY PRESERVES FARMLAND WITH SOURLAND VIEW

Montgomery Township has preserved another 45 acres, which, along with other adjacent open lands, will protect the “western gateway” views of the Township. Photo Credit: T. Garaffa

 

Montgomery Township has purchased a significant parcel of open space, which, along with adjacent open lands, will preserve the “western gateway” view of rural Montgomery.  The Township purchased these 45 acres of buildable, active farmland at the northeast corner of Route 518 and Spring Hill Road in December from the estate of Marie Abrahamsen.

“This preservation is an important step in maintaining the scenic rural corridor viewshed at the western entrance to our town, an area that provides a beautiful view of the Sourland Mountain ridge to the north and to the Princeton ridge to the south,” said Township Committee Member Kent Huang, liaison to Montgomery’s Open Space Committee.

A full report on the acquisition, including a map, is available on the township website.


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.


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 Friday, 2-26-21.

As of 9AM today, March 1

Montgomery cases: 965

Montgomery deaths: 20

Rocky Hill cases:  23

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

244   <20

154   20-29

89     30-39

15-    40-49

148   50-59

96     60-69

36     70-79

71     80+

 

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

– 919 presumed recovered a

–  48 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/