3-26: Five New Cases; Three Ways to Help Our Seniors; Sign Up for Testing Now; Vaccine Update; Montgomery Farmer’s Market Tomorrow; Summer Jobs with Montgomery Rec; Free Document Shredding; Detailed COVID Case Data

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been five (5) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 3-24-21. Over the last 7 days, there have been 26 cases, the first time we’ve recorded fewer than 30 weekly cases since February 5. Detailed case data are available at the end of this ebulletin.


THREE WAYS YOU CAN SUPPORT OUR SENIORS

A pre-pandemic performance of GREASE at the Montgomery Senior Center.

By Devra Keenan
Mayor of Montgomery

The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly difficult for the seniors in our community who have suffered the most fatalities and significant isolation due to social distancing restrictions.  I’d like to share with you several ways that everyone in our community can support our seniors today.

  1. Today has been declared “Pick up the Phone and Call Day by WNYC. It’s a great time to call a senior you know in Montgomery to make sure they are ok.
  2. Montgomery Township is keeping a list of seniors with limited ability to get to a vaccination site due to a lack of internet or transportation. We are hopeful that Montgomery will soon have vaccine doses to offer directly to transportation-limited seniors, but they need to get on our list. Encourage them to call 908-359-8211 x2400 to get on our list as soon as possible.
  3. Somerset County has just published a new list of virtual activities for seniors (60 and older). Tell a senior you know about this resource if they have internet access. To register for a program or class, call 908-203-6101 or email Donlin@co.somerset.nj.us.

I am deeply proud of the extent to which our community has come together to support each other during this difficult time.  Today, please join me in turning our attention to our seniors.


 

SIGN UP FOR TESTING BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

By Stephanie D. Carey
Montgomery Township Health Officer

New Jersey’s COVID travel restrictions are still in place—for a reason.  It still is not safe to travel out of state, and if you do, you are required to quarantine for 10 days upon your return to New Jersey.

With Spring Break vacation for Montgomery schools starting, my department is concerned about the risk of new infections acquired while traveling and brought back to Montgomery when schools reopen April 7th. That is why the school district has a strict policy in place that requires 10 days of virtual-only learning after any trip outside of New Jersey or nearby states (NY, DE, PA, CT).

If you travel, be sure to get yourself tested before interacting with friends, families, and neighbors upon your return. Montgomery Township has arranged to hold a free COVID testing clinic to be held at the Township Municipal Building on April 8th from 1-4pm. You can sign-up for the clinic here, or you can walk-in. Additional options are available locally as well:

  • Central Jersey Urgent Care is offering rapid testing and PCR at its mobile test center in Montgomery Shop Rite parking lot. Telemedicine consultation required before appointment is given.  Call 732 538-2300 or see their website: CJ Urgent Care Skillman.
  • Jersey Pediatric Care (In Hillsborough) is offering testing and care for those up to age 21. Travel-related testing is also available for adults over age 21 without symptoms.  Call their office to schedule at 908-262-2343

Yet nothing can replace the importance of continued vigilance. With increasing rates of vaccination, we are finally able to see the end of the current health emergency arriving soon. We must continue to wear masks, wash hands, and remain socially distanced from each other until the emergency is over.

If you or other household members do travel, 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 any time 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.


VACCINE UPDATE

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. A recent article in Bridgewater Patch contains a useful guide to the latest sites for getting vaccinated in Somerset County.

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/


 

WINTER FARMER’S MARKET TOMORROW

 The Montgomery Friends of Open Space continues to hold its Winter Farmer’s Market outdoors at Village Shopper near Mooyah on the fourth Saturday of the month, including tomorrow, March 27, from 9 AM to Noon. The final open-air winter market will be April 24.

Vendors include Christopher’s Soaps, The Granola Bar, and produce vendors Clifford Farm, Orchard Farm Organics, and Asian veggie guy, Zell’s Farm.

Warm up with farm fresh shelf-stable organic soups, herbal teas, hoop-house grown produce. All sourced from our local farms!

MFOS’ Farmers’ Market follows recommended guidelines for the health and safety of their customers.   Click here for the guidelines.

Regular season (every Saturday morning) begins in June.  Market sponsorships available! For more information, email the Farmers’ Market manager at FarmMarketManager@montgomeryfriends.org.


 

MONTY RECREATION IS HIRING!

If you enjoy being outdoors rather than behind a desk or a cash register, and if you would prefer playing games with children instead of being in Zoom meetings with adults, Montgomery Recreation has the job for you! We are looking for fun, energetic, reliable, enthusiastic individuals—teens and adults—who are interested in being a part of our Rec N Crew Camp team in a wide variety of roles.  Interested applicants MUST be available for the entire camp season (6/23-8/6).

If you’re 14 or 15 years old, you may consider applying to be a Counselor in Training (CIT).  This is a non-paying position, but you will gain valuable experience as well as earn volunteer hours.

Applications are available now through April 16th.  Please click the appropriate link to apply as acounselor or counselor-in-training. Some supervisory roles available. For questions, email John Groeger at jgroeger@twp.montgomery.nj.us


 

FREE DOCUMENT SHREDDING TOMORROW

Somerset County residents may shred personal documents for free with Operation Secure Shred on Saturday, March 27, at the Somerset County Public Works Garage, South County Facility located at 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until the trucks are filled. The event will be held rain or shine.

To comply with social distancing guidelines, residents must wear facial coverings and should be prepared to unload their items from their vehicle. Staff will be available to assist residents, if necessary. Residents must be prepared to present a current driver’s license, valid lease, tax bill, or any other bill that shows proof of residency at a Somerset County address. Pre-registration is not required. Businesses and commercial vehicles are NOT allowed.

Residents from any of Somerset County’s twenty-one municipalities can attend as many shredding events as they like and even if they are not residents of the town hosting the event. To view a list of shredding events visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/shredding.

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


 

COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been five (5) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 3-24-21.

As of 9AM today, March 26

Montgomery cases: 1085

Montgomery deaths: 21

Rocky Hill cases:  25

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

275    <20

177    20-29

105    30-39

168    40-49

164    50-59

108    60-69

40      70-79

73      80+

1110 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 1060 presumed recovered a

– 28  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/