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/