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/