5-28: No New Cases; Sign-Up Teens for Vaccination at High School; Memorial Day Commemoration; Public Input Sought for Cannabis Decision; Recycling & Donation Event; Voting for June 8 Primary; Detailed COVID Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

 

There were no (0) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 5-26-21. Over the past 7 days, there have been six cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, the third single-digit week in a row.

“We’re on a terrific trend now, as a direct result of widespread vaccination in our municipalities,” said Montgomery Township Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey. “The best way to enjoy the summer season is to be fully vaccinated.”

According to data provided by Somerset County, 87% of Rocky Hill adults and 81% of Montgomery adults have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, 77% of Rocky Hill adults are now fully vaccinated, as are 69% in Montgomery Township.

Detailed Case Report at the end of this ebulletin.


SIGN UP NOW FOR PFIZER CLINIC AT MONTGOMERY HIGH

Montgomery Township vaccinated 33 adults at the Pike Run Clubhouse last night.

The Montgomery Health Department today announced a clinic with the Pfizer vaccine on June 3 from 5 to 8pm at Montgomery High School. While open to everyone, including parents and siblings, the clinic is designed to facilitate vaccinations for students as young as age 12.

The Pfizer vaccine clinics have been organized in partnership with the Montgomery Township School District and Penn Medicine. Online registration will be first-come, first-served through the New Jersey’s Vaccine Scheduling System. Residents with limited internet access may get assistance by contacting Amanda Pulgarin at (908) 359-8211 x2400.


MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE

2019 Memorial Day photo.

The Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee will be hosting a Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday May 31st, at 9:00am at the Montgomery Veterans Park on Harlingen Road in Belle Mead.

The ceremony will feature lowering of the flags by Montgomery Township Boy and Girl Scouts, a spiritual message provided by Reverend Christopher Heitkamp, reflections provided by Montgomery Mayor Devra Keenan, and the playing of Taps.  Please join us on Memorial Day to honor and remember all our military service members who have died while serving our country.


PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT FOR TOWNSHIP CANNABIS DECISION

Montgomery Township last night held a recorded public meeting to explain recent New Jersey cannabis legislation and to continue seeking public input prior to the Township Committee making a decision about cannabis businesses.

Under state law adopted in February, all municipalities must act by August 21 if they wish to limit or prohibit any of five types of cannabis businesses within their towns: cultivation, manufacture, wholesale, distribution, and retail.

The Montgomery Township Committee continues to gather public input in advance of its decision. Regardless of the local decision, state law will permit the use and home delivery of cannabis products throughout the state, including in Montgomery.

Other opportunities to provide public input include the public comment period in regularly scheduled Township Committee meetings, the next being on June 3, or to send an email with input to clerk@twp.montgomery.nj.us.  


“HARD-TO-RECYCLE” AND DONATION EVENT ON JUNE 13

The Montgomery Township Environmental Commission is hosting a delayed Earth Day donation and recycling event on June 13 from 11AM to 2PM at Skillman Park at 100 Main Boulevard in Skillman. Participants can drive-through and stop at the various “stations” to drop off donated and hard-to-recycle items.

Recycle:

  • Metal (courtesy of Klein Recycling)
  • Printer cartridges (courtesy of Technician X)
  • Paper shredding for sensitive documents (no newspapers, 3 ring binders or bulldog clips; paper clips and staples are ok)

Donate:


SOME CHANGES TO VOTING LOCATIONS ON JUNE 8

Some Montgomery Township voters will be voting from new locations during the New Jersey primary election on June 8.

District 2 has been moved from the Blawenburg Fire Company to Otto Kaufmann Community Center. District 8 has been moved from the EMS Building to the Montgomery Evangelical Free Church. Districts 16 & 19 have been moved from the Cherry Valley Country Club to the Princeton Elks.  All other locations are unchanged.

A complete list of voting locations is available on the Montgomery Township website. Montgomery Township Clerk Donna Kukla advises residents to inspect their sample ballot to confirm the location where they are voting.


DETAILED COVID CASE REPORT

There have been no (0) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Wednesday, 5-26-21.

As of 9AM today, May 28

Montgomery cases: 1272

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  35

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

322    <20

213   20-29

148    30-39

205    40-49

180   50-59

122    60-69

44    70-79

73    80+

1307 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

–  1275 presumed recovered a

– 7 currently ill

– 25 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/

5-26: Four New Cases; NJ Mask Rules Relaxed; Pike Run Vaccine Clinic; Sign Up Teens for Vaccination at High School; Rec N Crew Camp Faces Cutback; Voting Location Changes; Cannabis Info Session; Memorial Day; Detailed COVID Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There were just four (4) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 5-24-21. Detailed Case Report at the end of this ebulletin.


MASK RULES RELAXING, BUT BUSINESSES MAY STILL REQUIRE THEM

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that masking requirements for vaccinated people will end on Friday in most public settings, although business owners will still have the option to require masks of all patrons.

“We’re recommending that Montgomery businesses continue to require masks for employees and customers, since there’s no way to know who is vaccinated and who is not,” said Montgomery Township Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey. “Keep in mind that children under 12 can’t be vaccinated yet, and about one-quarter of Montgomery adults are not fully vaccinated.” To protect those people, it still makes sense to wear masks at indoor public places.

It is much safer to go without a mask in outdoor settings. “With such beautiful weather, enjoy being mask-free outdoors,” Ms. Carey said. “You can also skip masks indoors in private gatherings when you know everyone has been vaccinated.”


PIKE RUN CLINIC THURSDAY

Mayor Devra Keenan (r) with local family members vaccinated at a Montgomery clinic.

Montgomery Township will hold a Moderna pop-up vaccine clinic Thursday at the Pike Run neighborhood clubhouse for anyone 18 and older, from 3pm to 7pm. Appointments are available, but walk-ins are accepted as well.

To sign up for Thursday’s clinic, or to review other scheduled clinic dates, visit the Montgomery health department website. The state vaccine finder website is another way to find nearby vaccine opportunities.

If any resident needs help with transportation, New Jersey’s 2-1-1 program is offering free round-trip Lyft rides for vax appointments. Just call 2-1-1 to arrange a ride. For more help, call Somerset County’s COVID Hotline at (908) 231-7155.


SIGN UP NOW FOR PFIZER CLINIC AT MONTGOMERY HIGH

The Montgomery Health Department today announced a clinic with the Pfizer vaccine on June 3 from 5 to 8pm at Montgomery High School. While open to everyone, including parents and siblings, the clinic is to facilitate vaccinations for students as young as age 12.

The Pfizer vaccine clinics have been organized in partnership with the Montgomery Township School District and Penn Medicine. Online registration will be first-come, first-served through the New Jersey’s Vaccine Scheduling System. Residents with limited internet access may get assistance by contacting Amanda Pulgarin at (908) 359-8211 x2400.


‘REC N CREW’ CAMP FACING CUTBACKS

Unless sign-ups increase, the 2021 Rec N Crew Summer Camp for children in grades 1 to 9 may be shortened or reduced in scope, according to the Montgomery Township Recreation Department.

“We understand that families are dealing with a lot of uncertainty and may prefer to make last-minute decisions about summer camp,” Recreation Director Karen Zimmerman said.  “But sign-ups are so slow that we are hesitant to hire the normal number of counselors.”

Director Zimmerman would like to hear from families who are seriously considering the normally popular camp, but are delaying sign-ups, so she can make a better prediction of summer attendance. Sign up today at https://register.communitypass.net/Montgomery. Alternatively, email recreation@twp.montgomery.nj.us to indicate if you are interested in camp but not yet ready to register. The department would also appreciate feedback on why families have decided not to participate.

Camp begins on June 23 and runs through August 6, from 8:30am to 3pm.  It will be held on the West side of OHES for grades 1-3, on the East side of OHES for grades 4-6, and at Veterans Park for grades 6-9.  “Pre-camp” is available 7:30-8:30am and “post-camp” from 3- 6pm. The cost is $600 for the full 6 week program, with an additional charge of $125 for pre-camp and $250 for post-camp.


SOME CHANGES TO VOTING LOCATIONS ON JUNE 8

Some Montgomery Township voters will be voting from new locations during the New Jersey primary election on June 8.

District 2 has been moved from the Blawenburg Fire Company to Otto Kaufmann Community Center. District 8 has been moved from the EMS Building to the Montgomery Evangelical Free Church. Districts 16 & 19 have been moved from the Cherry Valley Country Club to the Princeton Elks.  All other locations are unchanged.

A complete list of voting locations is available on the Montgomery Township website. Montgomery Township Clerk Donna Kukla advises residents to inspect their sample ballot to confirm the location where they are voting.


MONTGOMERY INFO SESSION ON CANNABIS BUSINESSES THURSDAY

Following the recent legalization of cannabis by the New Jersey legislature, municipalities like Montgomery Township need to make decisions related to business zoning, regulation, and taxes.

On Thursday May 27 at 7pm, Montgomery Township will hold a virtual session to explain the process to residents, and collect feedback. The Zoom link for the session is available on the Township Meeting Calendar.  


MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE

2019 Memorial Day photo.

The Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee will be hosting a Memorial Day Ceremony on May 31st, 2021 at 9:00am at the Montgomery Veterans Park on Harlingen Road in Belle Mead.

The ceremony will feature lowering of the flags by Montgomery Township Boy and Girl Scouts, a spiritual message provided by Reverend Christopher Heitkamp, reflections provided by Montgomery Mayor Devra Keenan and the playing of Taps.  Please join us on Memorial Day to honor and remember all our military service members who have died while serving our country.


DETAILED COVID CASE REPORT

There have been four (4) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Monday, 5-24-21.

As of 9AM today, May 26

Montgomery cases: 1272

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  35

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

322    <20

213   20-29

148    30-39

205    40-49

180   50-59

122    60-69

44    70-79

73    80+

 

1307 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

–  1274 presumed recovered a

– 8 currently ill

– 25 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/

5-24: Two New Cases; Pike Run Vaccine Clinic Thursday; Sign Up Students for Vaccine Clinic at Montgomery High; Cannabis Information Session; Memorial Day Festivities; Financial Relief Programs; Detailed COVID Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There were just two (2) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 5-21-21. Detailed Case Report at the end of this ebulletin.


115 VACCINATED OVER WEEKEND; PIKE RUN CLINIC THURSDAY

Deputy Health Officer Devangi Patel (c) with members of Montgomery EMS Givlia Gershel (l) and Syona Hariharan (r) at Saturday’s clinic at the OKCC.

The Montgomery Health Department vaccinated 115 people on Friday and Saturday at the Otto Kaufman Community Center. Many of the first dose recipients were college students returning home for summer.

Montgomery Township will hold a Moderna pop-up vaccine clinic Thursday at the Pike Run neighborhood clubhouse for anyone 18 and older, from 3pm to 7pm. Appointments are available, but walk-ins are accepted as well.

To sign up for Thursday’s clinic, or to review other scheduled clinic dates, visit the Montgomery health department website.

If any resident needs help with transportation, New Jersey’s 2-1-1 program is offering free round-trip Lyft rides for vax appointments. Just call 2-1-1 to arrange a ride. For more help, call Somerset County’s COVID Hotline at (908) 231-7155.


SIGN UP NOW FOR PFIZER CLINIC AT MONTGOMERY SCHOOLS

The Montgomery Health Department today announced a clinic with the Pfizer vaccine on June 3 from 5 to 8pm at Montgomery High School. While open to everyone, including parents and siblings, the clinic is to facilitate vaccinations for students as young as age 12.

The Pfizer vaccine clinics have been organized in partnership with the Montgomery Township School District and Penn Medicine. Online registration will be first-come, first-served through the New Jersey’s Vaccine Scheduling System. These school appointments just went live this afternoon. Residents with limited internet access may get assistance by contacting Amanda Pulgarin at (908) 359-8211 x2400.

Last week, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that all schools will be back to full-time, in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year this fall.


MONTGOMERY INFO SESSION ON CANNABIS BUSINESSES THURSDAY

Following the recent legalization of cannabis by the New Jersey legislature, municipalities like Montgomery Township need to make decisions related to business zoning, regulation, and taxes.

On Thursday May 27 at 7pm, Montgomery Township will hold a virtual session to explain the process to residents, and collect feedback. The Zoom link for the session is available on the Township Meeting Calendar.


MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE

2019 Memorial Day photo.

The Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee will be hosting a Memorial Day Ceremony on May 31, 2021 at 9:00am at the Montgomery Veterans Park on Harlingen Road in Belle Mead.

The ceremony will feature lowering of the flags by Montgomery Township Boy and Girl Scouts, a spiritual message provided by Reverend Christopher Heitkamp, reflections provided by Montgomery Mayor Devra Keenan and the playing of Taps.  Please join us on Memorial Day to honor and remember all our military service members who have died while serving our country.


TYPES OF FINANCIAL RELIEF AVAILABLE

Relief programs are available to people impacted financially by the pandemic.

  • Recently, the income limits and the amount of funds have been increased for Somerset County families who are eligible to receive money from the Emergency Rental Relief Program (ERRP) to help keep them in their homes if they have lost their income due to the pandemic.  Additional information, and an easy-to-use online application are available.
  • A new Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service to eligible households. The program also offers a discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider (such as CenturyLink, Comcast or Verizon, and many cellular providers) or by visiting  sort by org. For more information, check out the Broadband Benefit Consumer FAQ.
  • Assistance is available to help you pay your utility bills. All New Jerseyans with outstanding balances are encouraged to apply for utility assistance programs now to lower their balances and also contact their utility company to request a flexible repayment plan. You may be newly eligible for financial assistance programs to help you pay your bills. You can learn more and apply for utility help now using a new screening tool from the NJ Department of Community Affairs at gov/dca/dcaid.
  • Funeral expense relief is available via the Federal Emergency Management Agency for people who have had to pay funeral expenses for a family member lost to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Funeral relief information is available online.

 


DETAILED COVID CASE REPORT

There have been just two (2) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Friday, 5-21-21.

As of 9AM today, May 24

Montgomery cases: 1268

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  35

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

320    <20

213   20-29

148    30-39

205    40-49

179    50-59

122    60-69

44    70-79

72    80+

1303 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 1261 presumed recovered a

– 17 currently ill

– 25 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/

5-21: Two New Cases; Fewer Cases as Vaccinations Rise; Montgomery Clinic Tomorrow; Secure Paper Shredding Saturday; Motor Vehicle Mobile Unit Monday; Cannabis Information Session; Sign Up for Rec N Crew Camp; Detailed COVID Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There were just two (2) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 5-19-21. Detailed Case Report at the end of this ebulletin.


FEWER COVID CASES AS VACCINATIONS RISE

For a second time in a row, Montgomery and Rocky Hill have reported fewer than five new cases for an entire week, a trend that the Montgomery Health Department attributes to the increasing incidence of local adults who have been vaccinated. Just three new cases were reported for the seven days ending today, similar to the four cases reported the week before.

“We are very close to being in the green zone,” said Montgomery Township Deputy Health Officer Devangi Patel, referring to the least severe public health classification. She encourages more residents to take the shot, including youth 12 and older who are now eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. “It’s working,” she said.

Over 8 in 10 Montgomery and Rocky Hill adults have now received at least one dose of vaccine.


MONTGOMERY TO HOLD VACCINE CLINIC TOMORROW

Montgomery Township will hold another Moderna vaccine clinic tomorrow for anyone 18 and older, Saturday May 22, from 9am to noon at the Otto Kaufman Community Center in Skillman. Appointments are available, but walk-ins are accepted as well.

To sign up for tomorrow, or to review other scheduled clinic dates, visit the Montgomery health department website.

Somerset County is hosting a series of vaccine clinics, including the Pfizer vaccine for minors as young as 12 years old, with parental consent.  The Pfizer vaccine will be offered today (Friday) from 4pm to 6pm at the Somerset County Senior Wellness Center in Bridgewater. Princeton University also is hosting a series of Pfizer vaccination clinics open to the public ages 12 and up.

There are now many opportunities to get vaccinated at local drugstores such as CVS and Walgreens, that have appointments available and may accept walk-ins.

If any resident needs help with transportation, New Jersey’s 2-1-1 program is offering free round-trip Lyft rides for vax appointments. Just call 2-1-1 to arrange a ride. For more help, call Somerset County’s COVID Hotline at (908) 231-7155.


HILLSBOROUGH TO HOST MOTOR VEHICLE MOBILE UNIT

Looking for a convenient way to get or renew a driver’s license or vehicle registration? The Motor Vehicle Commission will hold a mobile unit in Hillsborough on Monday, May 24, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Advance registration is required through the office of Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker.

The MVC mobile unit will be located Monday at the baseball parking area at 530 Willow Road in Hillsborough, a short distance from the Belle Mead section.

To register, email AsmZwicker@njleg.org.  Provide your name, address, email, phone, and the type of license or registration you need.


RE-SCHEDULED DOCUMENT SHREDDING ON SATURDAY

Somerset County has rescheduled its May Operation Secure Shred to Saturday, May 22, at the Somerset County Public Works GarageNorth County Facility located at 411 Chimney Rock Road in Bridgewater from 9am to 1pm, or until the trucks are filled. The event is a free and an easy way for residents to help guard against identity theft. The event will occur rain or shine.

Last weekend the vendor hired to do the shredding failed to arrive, forcing the postponement of the event to this Saturday.

Participants can bring up to six boxes, containers or bags of documents per visit, but they will be required to take back receptacles. Staples and paperclips do not have to be removed. Junk mail, magazines and newspapers will NOT be accepted.

To participate in secure shred, proof of Somerset County residency will be required. For a complete list of shredding events and locations, visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/shredding.


MONTGOMERY INFO SESSION ON CANNABIS BUSINESSES NEXT WEEK

Following the recent legalization of cannabis by the New Jersey legislature, municipalities like Montgomery Township need to make decisions related to business zoning, regulation, and taxes.

On Thursday May 27 at 7pm, Montgomery Township will hold a virtual session to explain the process to residents, and collect feedback. The Zoom link for the session is available on the Township Meeting Calendar.  


SIGN UP KIDS FOR REC N CREW CAMP THIS SUMMER

Montgomery Recreation is still taking registrations for its Rec N Crew Summer Camp.  Camp begins on June 23 and runs through August 6.  It will be held on the West side of OHES for grades 1-3, on the East side of OHES for grades 4-6, and at Veterans Park for grades 6-9.

Camp runs from 8:30am to 3pm, with “pre-camp” available 7:30-8:30am and “post-camp” available 3- 6pm. The basic cost is $600, with an additional charge of $125 for pre-camp and $250 for post-camp.  Sign up today at https://register.communitypass.net/Montgomery

The Montgomery Recreation Department also offers a variety of in-person and virtual summer creative camps and sports camps.  For more information or to sign up, visit www.montgomeryrecreation.com or call 609-466-3023. Register and pay online or bring your forms and payments to the Otto Kaufman Community Center at 356 Skillman Road.


DETAILED COVID CASE REPORT

There has been just two (2) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Wednesday, 5-19-21.

 

As of 9AM today, May 21

Montgomery cases: 1266

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  35

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

319    <20

213   20-29

148    30-39

204    40-49

179    50-59

122    60-69

44      70-79

72      80+

 

1301 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 1261 presumed recovered a

– 13 currently ill

– 25 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.

Note: Total cases are down from our last report due to some periodic cleaning of the case data.

 

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/

5-19: One New Case; COVID Capacity Limits Lifted; Get Vaccinated for Summer; Sign Up for Rec N Crew Camp; Elks Flea Market; Virtual Nature Programs; Document Shredding; Utility Assistance Programs; Detailed COVID Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There was just one (1) new case in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 5-17-21. Detailed Case Report at the end of this ebulletin.


OUTDOOR AND INDOOR CAPACITY LIMITS LIFTED

Effective today, the states of New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut have lifted all capacity limits for outdoor gatherings and indoor limits for dining, gyms, salons, and other retail.  However, businesses must still enforce mask wearing and six feet of social distancing indoors.

For people who are fully vaccinated, masks are no longer required outdoors or at indoor gatherings in private homes.


GET VACCINATED FOR SUMMER!

There are many options for getting vaccinated locally as we prepare for a more normal summer. All clinics accept walk-ins, although appointments are available.

Somerset County is hosting a series of County vaccine clinics, including the Pfizer vaccine for minors as young as 12 years old.  The Pfizer vaccine will be offered today (Wednesday) and Friday from 2pm to 5:30 pm at the Somerset County Senior Wellness Center in Bridgewater.

Montgomery Township will offer the Moderna vaccine Saturday May 22 at the Otto Kaufman Community Center in Skillman for adults 18 and older.  Get additional information and more dates/locations on the Montgomery vaccination scheduling page.

If any resident needs help with transportation, New Jersey’s 2-1-1 program is offering free round-trip Lyft rides for vax appointments. Just call 211 to arrange a ride. For more help, call Somerset County’s COVID Hotline at (908) 231-7155.


Sign Up Kids for Rec N Crew CAMP This Summer

Montgomery Recreation is still taking registrations for its Rec N Crew Summer Camp.  Camp begins on June 23 and runs through August 6.  It will be held on the West side of OHES for grades 1-3, on the East side of OHES for grades 4-6, and at Veterans Park for grades 6-9.

Camp runs from 8:30am to 3pm, with “pre-camp” available 7:30-8:30am and “post-camp” available 3- 6pm. The basic cost is $600, with an additional charge of $125 for pre-camp and $250 for post-camp.  Sign up today at https://register.communitypass.net/Montgomery

The Montgomery Recreation Department also offers a variety of in-person and virtual summer creative camps and sports camps.  For more information or to sign up, visit www.montgomeryrecreation.com or call 609-466-3023. Register and pay online or bring your forms and payments to the Otto Kaufman Community Center at 356 Skillman Road.


PRINCETON ELKS WEEKLY FLEA MARKET & THRIFT STORE

Princeton Elks Lodge 2129 is operating its Thrift Store every Friday, 1-4pm, Saturday, 9am-2pm, and Sunday 1-4pm. They are located at 354 County Road (Route 518), Skillman.

In addition, they operate a Flea Market every Saturday 9:00-2:00; Tables are $10 each (no electricity available). More info on the Princeton Elks website or by calling (609) 466-9813.

The Princeton Elks have been an important partner to the Montgomery Township Food Pantry through the pandemic. “We are grateful for the dedication of the Princeton Elks in helping to meet the food security needs of our community,” said Montgomery Township Mayor Devra Keenan.


COUNTY PARKS OFFERS VIRTUAL NATURE PROGRAMS FOR GROUPS

 “Group Outreach Programs,” sponsored by the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Science Department, are year-round educational programs featuring topics such as birding, maple sugaring, and information about butterflies, bats, bears, and more. The programs are ideal for organized groups such as libraries, senior centers, and garden clubs.

Group Outreach Programs are naturalist-presented, lecture- and discussion-based presentations that can be adapted to each group’s specifications, such as the length of the presentation, date, time, and the group’s interests. Groups can choose from one of the existing topics or suggest another topic of interest. Online presentations are available through the education center’s virtual platform or the participants’ platform.  Programs are fee-based and variable in amount.

For more information about the topics offered, click here. To schedule a program or inquire about fees, contact Kurt Bender at 908-722-1200, ext. 5332 or email kbender@scparks.org.


RE-SCHEDULED DOCUMENT SHREDDING ON SATURDAY

Somerset County has rescheduled its May Operation Secure Shred to Saturday, May 22, at the Somerset County Public Works GarageNorth County Facility located at 411 Chimney Rock Road in Bridgewater from 9am to 1pm, or until the trucks are filled. The event is a free and an easy way for residents to help guard against identity theft. The event will occur rain or shine.

Last weekend the vendor hired to do the shredding failed to arrive, forcing the postponement of the event to this Saturday.

Participants can bring up to six boxes, containers or bags of documents per visit, but they will be required to take back receptacles. Staples and paperclips do not have to be removed. Junk mail, magazines and newspapers will NOT be accepted.

To participate in secure shred, proof of Somerset County residency will be required. For a complete list of shredding events and locations, visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/shredding.


UTILITY ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) and the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) have announced that May 17-21 is “Utility Assistance Week,” dedicated to increasing residents’ awareness of the programs available to those who have fallen behind on their utility bills.

NJBPU and DCA have been working with the utilities to promote assistance and deferred payment programs for customers who have been struggling to pay their bills during the pandemic, but the total past due as of March 31, 2021 is still approximately $650 million.

The following programs are available:

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federal program that helps households at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level ($52,400 for a family of four) pay for heating costs and emergency grants to prevent service shut-offs. Call 2-1-1 to reach the LIHEAP hotline 24/7. Residents can self-screen for eligibility online or apply online.

Universal Service Fund (USF) provides a monthly credit on electric and gas bills for households at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Level ($48,470 for a family of four). Apply for USF with the LIHEAP application online, via email, or through a community based organization. Customers are automatically screened into USF and LIHEAP from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) and from the NJ Lifeline Utility Assistance Program.

Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric (PAGE) provides electric and/or gas grants of up to $700 to customers with overdue balances. Households up to the state median income are eligible (income up to $123,430 for a family of four). Households that are income-eligible for LIHEAP should apply for LIHEAP first before seeking additional aid from PAGE. Households must have an overdue balance of at least $100 and should not have $15,000 or more in liquid assets. Go to www.njpoweron.org to apply online or call toll free 732-982-8710.

The Fresh Start program provides unlimited forgiveness of overdue electric and or gas bill balances for first-time USF participants. Fresh Start customers need to pay their current bills on time and in full each month for 12 consecutive months to earn full forgiveness on overdue balances. Customers with a past due balance of $60 are automatically enrolled into Fresh Start by their utility company if eligible. Fresh Start is administered by utility companies – call your utility company at the number on your bill for more information.

Lifeline Utility Assistance Program provides an annual $225 grant for electric and gas costs to seniors and the disabled. The grant appears as a credit on a utility bill or is included in a recipient’s Supplemental Security Income check. Income limits are set at less than $28,769 for a single person or at $35,270 if married. Apply with the NJSave application at www.aging.nj.gov or call the hotline at 1-800-792-9745.


DETAILED COVID CASE REPORT

There has been just one (1) new case in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Monday, 5-17-21.

 

As of 9AM today, May 19

Montgomery cases: 1264

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  35

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

319    <20

212   20-29

147    30-39

204    40-49

179    50-59

122    60-69

44      70-79

72      80+

 

1299 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 1261 presumed recovered a

– 13 currently ill

– 25 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/

5-17: NO New Cases; NJ Reaffirms Indoor Masking; 8 in 10 Monty Adults Vaccinated; County Vaccine Clinics Include Ages 12 and Older; Sign for Summer Rec N Crew Camp; Memorial Day 2021; Financial Relief; Detailed COVID Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

For our second report in a row, there were NO (0) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 5-14-21. Detailed Case Report at the end of this ebulletin.


NJ ENDS TRAVEL QUARANTINES, KEEPS INDOOR MASKING

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy today announced the immediate end of quarantine requirements following out-of-state travel and ended all outdoor masking, but he reaffirmed required indoor mask wearing in public places for “a little while longer,” for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

The Governor explained the key reason for retaining masking indoors, despite new CDC guidance, is the difficulty of knowing who is vaccinated and who is not.


8 IN 10 MONTY ADULTS VACCINATED WITH AT LEAST ONE DOSE

High percentages of Montgomery (79%) and Rocky Hill (86%) adults had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of last Wednesday, helping to explain why the number of new coronavirus cases has dropped dramatically in recent weeks.

“I’m very proud of the fact that so many of our residents are getting vaccinated and helping to put the pandemic behind us,” said Montgomery Mayor Devra Keenan. “If you haven’t gotten your vaccine yet, now is the time.”

Montgomery’s 79% rate of receiving at least one vaccine dose is the highest among Somerset County municipalities with at least 1,000 residents, and well ahead of the state average of 62%.

Fully 63% of Montgomery adults have received their final vaccine dose, compared to 49% of all New Jersey adults. Residents are considered “fully vaccinated” two weeks after receiving a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna or the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Montgomery Township Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey anticipates that Somerset County will soon see its pandemic classification upgraded: “If we keep vaccinating, we can be in the ‘green zone’ within weeks!”


COUNTY EXPANDS VACCINE CLINICS, INCLUDING YOUTH 12+

Somerset County is hosting a dozen vaccination clinics next week. With the recent approval of Pfizer for minors as young as 12 years old, Somerset County is now offering to vaccinate teenagers with parental consent at three clinics this week in Bridgewater. Appointments are optional.

The Pfizer vaccine will be offered to ages 12 and older Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this week from 2pm to 5:30 pm at the Somerset County Senior Wellness Center in Bridgewater. Princeton University also is hosting a series of COVID-19 vaccination clinics open to the public.

The Moderna vaccine will be offered by Somerset County Monday and Friday from 10am to 2pm at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg.  In addition, Montgomery Township is holding a vaccine clinic, with Moderna, on Saturday May 22 at the Otto Kaufman Community Center.  Get additional information on the Montgomery vaccination scheduling page.

The one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be offered Friday from 10 am to 1pm at Rutgers Plaza, 940 Easton Avenue in Somerset (Franklin).

There are now many opportunities to get vaccinated at local drugstores such as CVS and Walgreens, that have appointments available and may accept walk-ins.

If any resident needs help with transportation, New Jersey’s 2-1-1 program is offering free round-trip Lyft rides for vax appointments. Just call 211 to arrange a ride. For more help, call Somerset County’s COVID Hotline at (908) 231-7155.


Sign Up Kids for Rec N Crew CAMP This Summer

Montgomery Recreation is still taking registrations for its Rec N Crew Summer Camp.  Camp begins on June 23 and runs through August 6.  It will be held on the West side of OHES for grades 1-3, on the East side of OHES for grades 4-6, and at Veterans Park for grades 6-9.

Camp runs from 8:30am to 3pm, with “pre-camp” available 7:30-8:30am and “post-camp” available 3- 6pm. The basic cost is $600, with an additional charge of $125 for pre-camp and $250 for post-camp.  Sign up today at https://register.communitypass.net/Montgomery

The Montgomery Recreation Department also offers a variety of in-person and virtual summer creative camps and sports camps.  For more information or to sign up, visit www.montgomeryrecreation.com or call 609-466-3023. Register and pay online or bring your forms and payments to the Otto Kaufman Community Center at 356 Skillman Road.


MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE

2019 Memorial Day photo.

The Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee will be hosting a Memorial Day Ceremony on May 31st, 2021 at 9:00am at the Montgomery Veterans Park on Harlingen Road in Belle Mead.

The ceremony will feature lowering of the flags by Montgomery Township Boy and Girl Scouts, a spiritual message provided by Reverend Christopher Heitkamp, reflections provided by Montgomery Mayor Devra Keenan and the playing of Taps.  Please join us on Memorial Day to honor and remember all our military service members who have died while serving our country.


DETAILED COVID CASE REPORT

There have been NO (0) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Friday, 5-14-21.

 

As of 9AM today, May 17

Montgomery cases: 1268

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  35

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

322    <20

212   20-29

148    30-39

204    40-49

179    50-59

122    60-69

44      70-79

72      80+

 

1303 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 1262 presumed recovered a

– 16 currently ill

– 25 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/

5-14: NO New Cases and Just Four in Last Week; CDC Relaxes Masking Advice; Get Vaccinated by Memorial Day; Princeton University Vaccinating Local Teens; Mental Wellness Program; Financial Relief; Free Document Shredding

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There were NO (0) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 5-12-21. Over the last seven days, only four (4) new cases have been reported, the lowest weekly total in nearly eight months.

“Vaccination works, and our community is doing a great job accessing vaccines,” said Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey. “If you haven’t gotten vaccinated, do it now so you can get back to normal with your friends and neighbors. If we keep vaccinating, we can be in the Green Zone within weeks!”


CDC RELAXES MASKING ADVICE FOR VACCINATED PEOPLE

 

The Centers for Disease Control yesterday announced the end to masking advice for fully vaccinated people, with a few exceptions. However, as of Friday afternoon, the indoor masking requirement is still in effect in New Jersey.

“Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance,” the CDC website advises. “Fully vaccinated” is defined as two weeks following your second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Until New Jersey changes its rules, masks must still be worn indoors in public places, such as businesses.  Even when the state relaxes indoor masking, vaccinated people will still need to wear a mask on airplanes, public transportation, and in health care settings, based on the new CDC guidance.


GET FULLY VACCINATED BY MEMORIAL DAY

Would you like to be fully vaccinated by Memorial Day?

On Saturday May 15, from 10am to 2pm, Somerset County will offer the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine on the Division Street Pedestrian Walkway in Somerville to adults 18 and older. No appointment necessary.

Because the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one shot, recipients will qualify as fully vaccinated two weeks later, or just in time for Memorial Day, the traditional kick-off to summer.

Tomorrow, the Montgomery and Hillsborough Township health departments will jointly offer a Moderna vaccination clinic from 9am to Noon at the Hillsborough Municipal Building/Senior Meeting Room. Get additional information on the Montgomery vaccination scheduling page. Appointments recommended by not required.


PRINCETON UNIVERSITY VACCINATING YOUTH 12+

Princeton University is hosting a series of COVID-19 vaccination clinics that are open to the public, now including 12- to 15-year-olds. The Pfizer vaccine will be administered in clinics at Jadwin Gym on campus at the following dates and times:

MAY

  • Friday, May 14, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 18, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 19, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 21, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

A schedule for June has been posted as well.

​Registrations are being accepted for first and second doses. Anyone age 12 or older who wishes to receive the Pfizer vaccine at these campus clinics should register with New Jersey’s Vaccine Scheduling System to secure an appointment. Limited walk-ups are also possible. If receiving a first Pfizer dose, you must be available to receive the second dose in three weeks; a second appointment will be scheduled automatically. Bring proof of partial vaccination to receive a second dose at these campus clinics.


MONTGOMERY RECREATION MENTAL WELLNESS PROGRAM

Drawing on ancient Eastern and Western philosophies, Montgomery Recreation is offering a webinar on May 19 focusing on three main topics: One, how to use the time during the COVID era; Two, the philosophical scale of Happiness; Three, the pursuit of happiness through a focus on self-care. It will become clear that philosophy has something valuable to offer to all of us, and it can take us to the goal of happiness.

The virtual event will be offered via Zoom on Wednesday May 19 from 7 to 8pm. The instructor is Ashwini Mokashi, Ph.D., Philosophical Counselor and Consultant, and author of ‘Sapiens and Sthitaprajna.’

Registration for the FREE webinar is through the Recreation Department OR call Montgomery Recreation, 609-466-3023 to register (M-F, 8am-4:30pm).

A similar program for grades 7 through 12 will be offered in June.


LARGER AWARDS FOR RENT RELIEF AVAILABLE

 

Relief programs are available to people impacted financially by the pandemic.

  • Recently, the income limits and the amount of funds have been increased for Somerset County families who are eligible to receive money from the Emergency Rental Relief Program (ERRP) to help keep them in their homes if they have lost their income due to the pandemic.  Additional information, and an easy-to-use online application are available.
  • A new Emergency Broadband Benefit is available, providing a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service to eligible households. The program also offers a discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider (such as CenturyLink, Comcast or Verizon, and many cellular providers) or by visiting sort byorg. For more information about eligibility, check out the Broadband Benefit Consumer FAQ.
  • Funeral expense relief is available via the Federal Emergency Management Agency for people who have had to pay funeral expenses for a family member lost to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Funeral relief information is available online.

 


FREE DOCUMENT SHREDING SATURDAY

Somerset County is sponsoring Operation Secure Shred on Saturday, May 15, at the Somerset County Public Works Garage, North County Facility located at 411 Chimney Rock Road, Bridgewater, NJ 08807, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until the trucks are filled. The event is a FREE and easy way for residents to help guard against identity theft. The event will occur rain or shine.


DETAILED COVID CASE REPORT

There has been NO (0) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Wednesday, 5-12-21.

 

As of 9AM today, May 14

Montgomery cases: 1268

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  35

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

322    <20

212   20-29

148    30-39

204    40-49

179    50-59

122    60-69

44      70-79

72      80+

 

1303 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 1262 presumed recovered a

– 16 currently ill

– 25 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/

5-12: One New Case; Get Fully Vaccinated by Memorial Day; Vaccine Clinics for Teens 16 & 17; Free Travel for Vaccination; 2nd Grader Wins Arbor Day Contest; Broadband Discount Program Begins Today; Rent Relief Expanded; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There was just one (1) new case in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 5-10-21.  Detailed report at the end of this ebulletin.


VACCINE CLINIC AT MONTGOMERY SHOPPING CENTER TOMORROW

Would you like to be fully vaccinated by Memorial Day?

On Thursday May 13, from 4pm to 7pm, The Montgomery Township Health Department will offer the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine free to adults 18 and older at a clinic located in the Montgomery Shopping Center, just outside the Walgreens. Appointments are optional. Access the Montgomery Township website for a full list of upcoming vaccine clinics.

Because the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one shot, recipients will qualify as fully vaccinated two weeks later, or just in time for Memorial Day weekend, the traditional kick-off to summer.


COUNTY VACCINE PROGRAM INCLUDES TEENS OF 16 & 17

The CDC is expected to expand eligibility for the Pfizer vaccine to include 12- to 15-year-olds imminently. Meantime, Pfizer already has the only vaccine approved for teens ages 16 and 17.

This week, Somerset County begins offering the Pfizer vaccine on a walk-in basis for anyone 16 or older on these dates:

  • Today, May 12: North Plainfield Firehouse, 8 Lincoln Place in North Plainfield, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Pfizer 1st doses/Moderna 2nd doses)
  • Friday, May 14: Somerset County Senior Wellness Center, 876 E Main St in Bridgewater from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Pfizer 1st Doses/Moderna 2nd Doses)

In addition, Somerset County will hold two drive-thru clinics on Friday, May 14. Appointments are recommended but not required through https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/:

  • Friday, May 14: Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Moderna)
  • Friday, May 14: Rutgers Plaza, 940 Easton Avenue in Somerset (Franklin), from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (J&J)

A full list of available Somerset County clinics can be found at https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/vaxclinics or call the Somerset County COVID Hotline at (908) 231-7155.


FREE RIDES FOR VACCINE APPOINTMENTS

United Way and Lyft have partnered to offer free transportation to vaccination appointments through a dial 2-1-1 service. They can accommodate wheelchairs, walkers, and multiple languages.


2ND GRADER WINS ARBOR DAY CONTEST

The annual Montgomery Arbor Day seed contest was won this year by Claire Battaglia, age 7 and a second grader at Orchard Hill Elementary School. The contest is organized by Montgomery Township’s Shade Tree Committee and held at the Mary Jacobs Library every April.

Claire correctly named the Bur Oak (Mossycup Oak) tree as the source of
the seeds. There were 227 Bur Oak acorns in the jar. Claire’s guess of 210 was the
closest. As shown above, Larry Koplik, Chair of the Shade Tree Committee, presented Claire with her prize, the Eyewitness Book on Trees.


BROADBAND DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE STARTING TODAY

A new Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) is available starting today, providing a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service to eligible households. The program also offers a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

The benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household. A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below:

  • Income at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelinesor participates in assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;
  • Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider (such as CenturyLink, Comcast or Verizon, and many cellular providers) or by visiting sort byGetEmergencyBroadband.org. Check out the Broadband Benefit Consumer FAQ for more information about the benefit.


LARGER AWARDS FOR RENT RELIEF AVAILABLE

 

Relief programs are available to people impacted financially by the pandemic.

 

  • Recently, the income limits and the amount of funds have been increased for Somerset County families who are eligible to receive money from the Emergency Rental Relief Program (ERRP) to help keep them in their homes if they have lost their income due to the pandemic.  Additional information, and an easy-to-use online application are available.
  • Funeral expense relief is available via the Federal Emergency Management Agency for people who have had to pay funeral expenses for a family member lost to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Funeral relief information is available online.

DETAILED COVID CASE REPORT

There has been just one (1) new case in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Monday, 5-10-21.

 

As of 9AM today, May 12

Montgomery cases: 1268

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  35

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

322    <20

212   20-29

148    30-39

204    40-49

179    50-59

122    60-69

44      70-79

72      80+

 

1303 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 1254 presumed recovered a

– 24 currently ill

– 25 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/

5-10: Three New Cases; Vaccine Program Includes Teens 16 & 17; Monty Clinic Thursday; Sign-up for Recreation Summer Camps; Wellness Wednesdays Program; Rent Relief Expanded; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There were three (3) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 5-7-21.  Detailed report at the end of this ebulletin.


VACCINATION OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE TEENS OF 16 & 17

Somerset County is offering a great opportunity for families to vaccinate teenagers this week. The county can now offer all three approved vaccines, including Pfizer’s, the only vaccine currently approved for 16- and 17-year-olds.

Residents can simply arrive during operational hours and be vaccinated on a first come, first served basis until the vaccine supply is exhausted. A full list of available clinics can be found at https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/vaxclinics. The Pfizer vaccine will be offered at these clinics:

  • May 12: North Plainfield Firehouse, 8 Lincoln Place in North Plainfield Wednesday, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Pfizer 1st doses/Moderna 2nd doses)
  • May 12 & 14: Somerset County Senior Wellness Center, 876 E Main St in Bridgewater Wednesday and Friday from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Pfizer 1st Doses/Moderna 2nd Doses)

On Friday, Somerset County will hold two drive-thru clinics for adults 18 and older on Friday, May 14. Appointments are recommended but not required through https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/:

  • May 14: Rutgers Plaza, 940 Easton Avenue in Somerset (Franklin) Friday, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (J&J)
  • May 14: Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg Friday, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Moderna)

VACCINE CLINIC THURSDAY AT MONTY SHOPPING CENTER

On Thursday May 13, from 4pm to 7pm, The Montgomery Township Health Department will offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to adults 18 and older at a clinic located in the Montgomery Shopping Center, just outside the Walgreens. Appointments are optional. Access the Montgomery Township website for a full list of upcoming vaccine clinics.


SIGN-UP FOR RECREATION SUMMER CAMPS!

The Montgomery Recreation Department summer camps are returning for local youth, with sign-ups starting this week.

There are many programs to choose from, including Theater Camp, Jr Chef Camp, Basketball Camp, Fal- Rooney, Rec ‘N Crew, and so much more! Some activities have limited enrollments, so sign up as soon as you can. The Recreation Department website offers an overview for how to register and the necessary forms, which vary depending on the program.

The Recreation Department encourages online sign-ups, but you can register in-person at the Otto Kaufman Community Center on Skillman Road. If you do register in-person, be sure to print and fill out your registration forms prior to arriving, for COVID safety reasons.


WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS FOR MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

The Somerset County Department of Human Services has scheduled Wellness Wednesday sessions throughout May in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month. The free workshops, which start at 12 p.m., are held on Zoom. Pre-registration is requested.

Over the past year, the COVID pandemic and its accompanying economic crisis has increased the need for mental health services. Isolation, sickness, grief, job loss and food instability have taken their toll on family, friends, classmates, neighbors and coworkers.  The County is offering the Wellness Wednesday sessions to give residents a safe and easy way to attend to their health.

Guided Meditation – May 12

This session will showcase some meditation and mindfulness practices that can be easily recreated at home for all ages.  The goal is to learn practices that promote stress management, self-esteem, movement, and healing in a fun and accessible fashion. Register in advance: http://bit.ly/MediReg.

Penelope the Powerful Parrot – May 19

Presented by Somerset County Hope and Healing, this session offers interactive storytelling with song and dance for children and families.  The story follows Penelope as she learns how to be resilient in the face of adversity and celebrate coping skills through an engaging sing-along event. Register in advance: http://bit.ly/PeneReg.

Navigating the New Normal – May 26

In this session, Somerset County Hope and Healing focuses on the effect the pandemic has impacted our lives.  Participants will learn how to cope, make positive and healthy decisions, and develop new skills for coping. Register in advance: http://bit.ly/NewNormReg.

For more information, contact the Somerset County Department of Human Services at 908-704-6300 or humanservices@somerset.nj.us.


LARGER AWARDS FOR RENT RELIEF AVAILABLE

 

Relief programs are available to people impacted financially by the pandemic.

  • Recently, the income limits and the amount of funds have been increased for Somerset County families who are eligible to receive money from the Emergency Rental Relief Program (ERRP) to help keep them in their homes if they have lost their income due to the pandemic.  Additional information, and an easy-to-use online application are available.
  • Funeral expense relief is available via the Federal Emergency Management Agency for people who have had to pay funeral expenses for a family member lost to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Funeral relief information is available online.

DETAILED COVID CASE REPORT

There have been three (3) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Friday, 5-7-21.

As of 9AM today, May 10

Montgomery cases: 1267

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  35

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

321    <20

212   20-29

148    30-39

204    40-49

179    50-59

122    60-69

44      70-79

72      80+

 

1302 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 1248 presumed recovered a

– 29 currently ill

– 25 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/

5-7: Three New Cases and 29 for the Week; Moderna Vaccination Saturday in Montgomery; Free Wellness Wednesdays Program; Sign-up for Recreation Summer Camps; Rent Relief Expanded; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There were three (3) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 5-5-21.  Over the last seven days, there have been 29 cases, the third week in a row with fewer than 30 cases.

“We are seeing the benefit of widespread vaccination in Montgomery,” said Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey. “We haven’t had a single case of COVID-19 in a person who was fully vaccinated, which is proof of the effectiveness of these vaccines.  We encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

Detailed report at the end of this ebulletin.


MODERNA VACCINE CLINIC TOMORROW IN MONTGOMERY

The Montgomery Township Health Department is holding a Moderna vaccine clinic tomorrow, Saturday May 8, from 9 AM to Noon at the Otto Kaufman Community Center in Montgomery. The clinic is available to everyone aged 18 and older, with or without an appointment.

This clinic is the first of a new series of joint clinics between Montgomery and Hillsborough Townships to be held every Saturday morning, rotating between the townships’ respective senior centers. They will also hold a series of pop-up clinics, starting with a clinic with the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the Montgomery ShopRite plaza on Thursday, May 13 from 4 to 7pm.

To register for the clinics, use the health department’s online sign-up form or call 908-359-8211 x2400.

Officials in both townships are eager to hear from local non-profits, service organizations, houses of worship, and other groups that might be interested in offering a pop-up clinic to their members and clients. To request a pop-up clinic, email dpatel@twp.montgomery.nj.us.


WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS FOR MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

The Somerset County Department of Human Services has scheduled Wellness Wednesday sessions throughout May in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month. The free workshops, which start at 12 p.m., are held on Zoom. Pre-registration is requested.

Over the past year, the COVID pandemic and its accompanying economic crisis has increased the need for mental health services. Isolation, sickness, grief, job loss and food instability have taken their toll on family, friends, classmates, neighbors and coworkers.  The County is offering the Wellness Wednesday sessions to give residents a safe and easy way to attend to their health.

Guided Meditation – May 12

This session will showcase some meditation and mindfulness practices that can be easily recreated at home for all ages.  The goal is to learn practices that promote stress management, self-esteem, movement, and healing in a fun and accessible fashion. Register in advance: http://bit.ly/MediReg.

Penelope the Powerful Parrot – May 19

Presented by Somerset County Hope and Healing, this session offers interactive storytelling with song and dance for children and families.  The story follows Penelope as she learns how to be resilient in the face of adversity and celebrate coping skills through an engaging sing-along event. Register in advance: http://bit.ly/PeneReg.

Navigating the New Normal – May 26

In this session, Somerset County Hope and Healing focuses on the effect the pandemic has impacted our lives.  Participants will learn how to cope, make positive and healthy decisions, and develop new skills for coping. Register in advance: http://bit.ly/NewNormReg.

For more information, contact the Somerset County Department of Human Services at 908-704-6300 or humanservices@somerset.nj.us.


 

SIGN-UP FOR RECREATION SUMMER CAMPS!

The Montgomery Recreation Department summer camps are returning for local youth, with sign-ups starting this week.

There are many programs to choose from, including Theater Camp, Jr Chef Camp, Basketball Camp, Fal- Rooney, Rec ‘N Crew, and so much more! Some activities have limited enrollments, so sign up as soon as you can. The Recreation Department website offers an overview for how to register and the necessary forms, which vary depending on the program.

The Recreation Department encourages online sign-ups, but you can register in-person at the Otto Kaufman Community Center on Skillman Road. If you do register in-person, be sure to print and fill out your registration forms prior to arriving, for COVID safety reasons.


LARGER AWARDS FOR RENT RELIEF AVAILABLE

 

Relief programs are available to people impacted financially by the pandemic.

  • Recently, the income limits and the amount of funds have been increased for Somerset County families who are eligible to receive money from the Emergency Rental Relief Program (ERRP) to help keep them in their homes if they have lost their income due to the pandemic.  Additional information, and an easy-to-use online application are available.
  • Funeral expense relief is available via the Federal Emergency Management Agency for people who have had to pay funeral expenses for a family member lost to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Funeral relief information is available online.

DETAILED COVID CASE REPORT

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

As of 9AM today, May 5

Montgomery cases: 1262

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  35

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

320    <20

211   20-29

147    30-39

204    40-49

179    50-59

122    60-69

44      70-79

72      80+

 

1299 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 1241 presumed recovered a

– 33 currently ill

– 25 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/