4-14: One New Case plus a Suspected Cluster of Cases; Montgomery Will Start Moderna Vaccine Clinic; Mental Health Program for Kids Tonight; Help Stop the Spotted Lanternfly; Get Ready for Earth Day; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There has been just one (1) new confirmed COVID-19 case in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 4-12-21. However, the Health Department is investigating a suspected cluster of cases associated with a high school sports team.  The team is currently quarantined and will not impact the district’s in-person education program.

Detailed case data are available at the end of this ebulletin.


MONTGOMERY CLINIC TO OFFER MODERNA VACCINE TO VULNERABLE RESIDENTS

A vaccination clinic held last week at the OKCC.

The Montgomery Township Health Department is developing plans for a series of small vaccination clinics at the Otto Kaufman Community Center using the Moderna two-dose vaccine.  The plan follows a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine based on CDC guidance. The Moderna vaccines will be limited to those who cannot use the larger county and New Jersey vaccine sites due to language, internet, or transportation limitations.

“We are very pleased that Montgomery will have weekly batches of the Moderna vaccine. As one of the earliest municipalities to invest in special refrigeration equipment required for the Moderna vaccine, we’re glad we did, so that we can continue to assist our most vulnerable residents in getting vaccinated,” said Mayor Devra Keenan.

Last week, 95 residents received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine before it was paused due to a very small number of side effects nationwide. Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey explains the side effects are “exceedingly rare,” but that her department is monitoring those who received the vaccines.

A batch of the Moderna vaccine arrived in Montgomery this week and the Health Department will soon announce details for clinics at the Otto Kaufman Center for vulnerable residents. Montgomery and Rocky Hill residents who believe they may qualify should call 908-359-8211 x2400. If you have a neighbor who has limited language, internet or transportation capabilities, consider bringing this phone number to his or her attention.


FREE MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN TONIGHT

Trained crisis counselors will present a highly creative and interactive reading of “Penelope the Powerful Parrot” this evening, April 14, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., via Zoom. Children and Families will enjoy this storytelling experience, which incorporates movement and the spoken word to deliver a message of hope.  The goal is to help alleviate COVID-19 related stress among kid and families.

The program teaches skills for managing pandemic stress and empowers children to feel seen and heard. The program is offered in English and Spanish.

“As we collectively navigate the anniversary of New Jersey’s COVID-19 lockdown, this is a vital time for us to come together and heal as a community, said Somerset County RHCHWC Executive Director Nicci Spinazzola. “‘Penelope The Powerful Parrot’ gives our families the opportunity to discuss their feelings and challenges and provides everyone a chance to find hope and healing in these uncertain times.”

To register for “Penelope the Powerful Parrot” reading via Zoom, click here. The program will be offered monthly.


HELP STOP THE SPOTTED LANTERNFLY

 

Now is a critical moment for controlling the expected infestation of the spotted lanternfly, an invasive insect that is harmful to agriculture, forests, and home landscaping. The insects are getting ready to emerge from eggs, at which time they will be much more difficult to control.

Destroying  egg masses found on trees now is a “stitch in time”—people who take preventive action can reduce damage to their own properties. Residents are also encouraged to patrol parks and public areas, too. It is as simple as knowing how to recognize the egg masses and keeping an old credit card with you.

More information is available on the main Montgomery Township website, including a video from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture for a demonstration of the egg mass-crushing technique.

The removal of the invasive Ailanthus Tree (Tree of Heaven) that attracts the spotted lanternfly is also recommended.


GET READY FOR EARTH DAY 2021

Leaders of the 2018 Stream Clean Up.

Montgomery Township will celebrate Earth Day 2021 with a weekend of COVID-safe activities.

On Saturday April 24th from 9 to 11 AM join the Montgomery Environmental Commission and the Watershed Institute for our annual “stream clean-up.” Meet at Hobler Park (1645 Great Road, Skillman) wearing long pants and close-toed shoes and a mask. Bring a reusable water bottle and gloves; bags will be provided.   Register online at:  https://thewatershed.org/stream-cleanups/

On Sunday April 25th from 11AMto 1PM join us for a Drive-Through Earth Day in Skillman Park where you can pick up a free tree sapling and milkweed to plant at home, and free LED lightbulbs and reusable shopping bags. Contact Lauren Wasilauski (l-wasilauski@twp.montgomery.nj.us) with questions.


 

COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There has been one (1) confirmed new case in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 4-12-21.

 

As of 9AM today, April 14

Montgomery cases: 1173

Montgomery deaths: 23

Rocky Hill cases:  27

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

286    <20

195    20-29

127    30-39

182    40-49

178    50-59

120    60-69

40      70-79

74      80+

 

1200 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 1147 presumed recovered a

– 29  currently ill

– 24 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/