3-29: Eight New Cases; NJ Vaccinations Accelerating; Getting Vaccinated; Sign Up for Testing Now; Arbor Day Activities; Summer Jobs with Montgomery Rec; Detailed COVID Case Data

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been eight (8) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 3-26-21. Detailed case data will not be available until our report on Wednesday. For further statistics, go to the Health Dept.’s COVID-19 portal: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/ and  State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart.


NJ VACCINATIONS ACCELERATING

The number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in New Jersey approached 4 million over the weekend, in a state of 8.9 million people.

In Somerset County, approximately 18% are fully vaccinated, close to the state average. According to Montgomery Township Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey, the rate of new cases among seniors—who are the most likely to be vaccinated—has dropped sharply. Only 3 of last week’s 26 cases were among residents 60 and older.

“We’re seeing a positive impact from the vaccines, which is reason for us all to hang in for a bit longer as we all get our turn for vaccination,” said Ms. Carey.


GETTING VACCINATED

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/

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.


 

FREE COVID TESTING IN MONTGOMERY APRIL 8TH

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

MONTY ARBOR DAY EVENTS IN APRIL

Witch-hazel trees, which turn yellow in fall, are being given to students as part of Arbor Day.

Montgomery’s Shade Tree Commission has planned festivities in April to celebrate Arbor Day. Throughout April, a contest at Mary Jacobs Library for young and old involves a guessing game: “Can you guess the number of seeds? Can you tell which tree they came from?” The entry with the closest seed count (and the correct name of the tree) will win a copy of the Eyewitness Guide to Trees.

A Willow Oak Tree will be planted in Mill Pond Park in celebration of Arbor Day will occur April 9 at 3pm, assuming good weather. Mayor Devra Keenan, members of the Township Committee, the Montgomery Township Administrator, and other guests have been invited to the ceremony. The public is invited as well. For additional information or questions, or in case of rain, email shadetreecommittee@twp.montgomery.nj.us

In addition, the Shade Tree Committee will offer a virtual workshop to all 3rd and 4th grade students at the Village Elementary School. The children will be given a 2-foot fall-blooming native witch-hazel seedling for planting in their yards. They will be taught how to handle the trees and how to plant them. A general “tree talk” will follow, stressing the functions of trees in the environment and what the children can do to make a change for the better.  The program is prepared and run by the Montgomery Township Shade Tree Committee and involves many volunteers.


 

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).

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