3-19: Seven New Cases; Virus Transmission among Youth; Montgomery Mayor Addresses Pandemic Anniversary; Event Focuses on Against Anti-Asian Racism; Vaccine Update; Donate Holiday Ham; Detailed COVID Case Data

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been seven (7) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 3-17-21. Detailed case data are available at the end of this ebulletin.


VIRUS TRANMISSION AMONG YOUTH PROMPTS CONCERN

Montgomery’s weekly case count was 30 for the 7 days ending today, continuing a high plateau for new cases. Meantime, New Jersey reclassified Somerset County from the yellow to orange zone, reflecting worsening rates of transmission in our area.

At last night’s Township Committee meeting, Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey expressed concern that the “vast majority” of Montgomery’s new cases are among people under the age of 30 as we approach Spring Break, a time when many young people travel. On the positive side, she said cases among seniors are declining dramatically in response to vaccination.

Ms. Carey reported that over 25 people participated in a free COVID testing clinic in Montgomery this week. She said a second free clinic is planned for April 8, to facilitate testing for people who have traveled over Spring Break.  Her full report is available to watch on the township website.


MONTGOMERY MAYOR ADDRESSES PANDEMIC ANNIVERSARY

A moment of silence at last night’s Township Committee Meeting.

At last night’s meeting of the Montgomery Township Committee, held virtually, Mayor Devra Keenan spoke about the anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, its impact on Montgomery residents, and offered thanks.

She acknowledged the stress of over 1,000 cases among residents and led the Township Committee in a moment of silence for 21 Montgomery lives lost.

“I have started to have conversations with members of this Township Committee about how we can come together to honor those lives lost to the pandemic, and my hope is to hold an event in the future,” Mayor Keenan said.

She also spoke of smaller losses impacting everyone.  “We have lost thousands of meals with friends, holidays celebrations, vacations, backyard barbecues, youth sporting matches, graduation parties, and family traditions of all kinds. We have missed thousands of hugs of comfort, love, and friendship.”

“As painful as these losses have been, my heart is also full of thanks,” Mayor Keenan said, as she went on to thank Montgomery’s health department, first responders, local health workers, schools, teachers, and residents.

Last night’s speech by Mayor Keenan is available to watch on the township website. Her remarks begin after the COVID report at 05:30.


MONTGOMERY SPEAKS OUT AGAINST ANTI-ASIAN RACISM

Montgomery’s Inclusion and Equity Committee has organized an afternoon of reflection and solidarity on Sunday on the topic of Anti-Asian Racism.

“Montgomery Speaks Out Against Anti-Asian Racism” will be held via Zoom on Sunday March 21 from 4-5 PM. To join, sign-up at bit.ly/MontgomerySpeaksOut. If you wish to speak, email Township Committeewoman Shelly L. Bell, liaison to the Inclusion and Equity Committee at sbell@twp.montgomery.nj.us. Organizers will try to incorporate as many community speakers as time allows. All are welcome to attend.


VACCINE ELIGIBILITY EXPANDS

New Jersey this week 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 help with scheduling appointments.

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.


DONATE YOUR SHOPRITE “HOLIDAY HAM” TO FOOD PANTRY

Volunteers from Princeton Elks, Montgomery Fire Department #2 Blawenburg , Montgomery Township Recreation and Venturing Crew # 4385  held a food drive at ShopRite last weekend.

The Montgomery Township Food Pantry is pleased to announce that our ShopRite Turkey Donation program is being extended to donating hams during the spring holiday season. If you earn a free ShopRite Ham* and would like to donate it to the Food Pantry, visit the Montgomery ShopRite Service Desk.

You may sign up to donate your free ShopRite ham during store hours through Thursday April 1, 2021. Visit the ShopRite Service Desk. You will need to present your ShopRite Price Plus® Card at Customer Service. The earned free ham points will be deducted from your account and a ham will be donated to the Montgomery Township Food Pantry Program.

Please do not drop off hams at the Montgomery Township Food pantry since we cannot accept perishables. We have arranged a special program working directly with ShopRite. You can contact the Montgomery Food Pantry by email (Montyfoodpantry@gmail.com) or by phone (609-466-1054).

*To earn a free turkey, present your Price Plus® card to the cashier every time you shop at any ShopRite Supermarket and you will be automatically credited. Price Plus® club membership is required to participate. While you can be earning credit at any ShopRite towards your turkey, you must go to the Montgomery ShopRite courtesy desk to donate locally.

COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been seven (7) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 3-17-21.

As of 9AM today, March 19

Montgomery cases: 1059

Montgomery deaths: 21

Rocky Hill cases:  25

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

269    <20

171    20-29

101    30-39

164    40-49

161    50-59

106    60-69

40      70-79

72      80+

1084 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 1024 presumed recovered a

– 38  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/