4-21: Seven New Cases; Getting Vaccinated Is Easier Now; Montgomery to Vaccinate Food & Farm Workers; Earth Day Activities; Local Reaction to Floyd Case Verdict; Summer Camps Return; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been seven (7) new confirmed COVID-19 case in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 4-19-21.  Detailed case data are available at the end of this ebulletin.


GETTING VACCINATED IS EASIER NOW

All adults 16 or older who live, work, or study in New Jersey are now eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19, and it is getting much easier to find an appointment.

A new resource that may be helpful to Montgomery residents is Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health, which is offering free COVID vaccines. Register awww.rwjbh.org/covid19vaccine and you’ll receive a text/email invite to schedule promptly after registration. RWJ’s nearest vaccine sites include RWJ Somerset Medical Center and RWJ University Hospital New Brunswick.

In addition, all residents should sign up on the state website, covidvaccine.nj.gov. You can also call the New Jersey Call Center Vaccination Support Number between 8 AM and 8 PM:  855-568-0545.

“Getting as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible is the way we get back to normal,” said Montgomery Township Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey.  “If you haven’t signed up for a vaccine, please do so now.”


MONTGOMERY TO VACCINATE FOOD AND FARM WORKERS

The Montgomery Township Health Department is holding a vaccination clinic on Friday morning at the Otto Kaufman Community Center using 70 doses of the Moderna vaccine.

This clinic will focus on farm and food workers who work in close quarters with each other and may not have the means to get to the larger vaccine sites.  The clinic is also available to residents unable to reach those larger sites due to language, internet, or transportation limitations.

Montgomery and Rocky Hill residents or employers interested in the Friday clinic should call 908-359-8211 x2400. If you would like to be vaccinated but do not fit the criteria above, the Health Department is keeping a “standby list” of residents who can be available on short notice, depending on vaccine supplies.


GET READY FOR EARTH DAY 2021

 

Earth Day is tomorrow, and Montgomery Township will celebrate this weekend with 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.” Participants will receive a free t-shirt. 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/

If stream cleaning isn’t your thing, the Montgomery Open Space Committee will also be on-hand with additional stewardship activities to allow for distancing throughout Hobler Park including roadside litter pickup, removal of invasive plants, giving our benches some TLC with water seal, and preparing an area for a coming artwork installation!

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.


LOCAL REACTION TO VERDICT IN GEORGE FLOYD CASE

Local museum founders (l-r) Mills and Buck.

 

Local leaders are reacting to yesterday’s guilty verdicts against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the George Floyd murder case.

The founders of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum in Skillman, Beverly Mills and Elaine Buck, are quoted and pictured in a national Associated Press story. “I was bracing myself for what would happen if he did get off,” Mills said. “I couldn’t even wrap my mind around it because I thought, then there is no hope.”

Local leaders, including members of the Township Committee and Montgomery School Board President Phyllis Bursh, were quoted last night in an online article in the Montgomery News.

Montgomery Mayor Devra Keenan said: “George Floyd’s murder, along with too many other tragedies over the past year, provoked a national reckoning on race that has impacted every community, including Montgomery Township. We started many necessary conversations that have improved understanding and communication between law enforcement, our diverse communities, and our youth. We know there is still more work to be done.”


SUMMER CAMPS RETURN TO MONTGOMERY

 

The Montgomery Recreation Department announces the return of summer camps for local youth, with sign-ups to begin on May 3. Many parents will welcome the opportunity to enroll children fun and exciting camps.

Starting today, you can check out Montgomery Recreation’s Summer Camp Guide online. There are many programs to choose from, including Theater Camp, Jr Chef Camp, Basketball Camp, Fal- Rooney, Rec ‘N Crew, and so much more! To view all of our summer camp programs visit the Recreation website Registration will go live May 3rd at 8am. Some activities have limited enrollments, so sign up as soon as you can.


 

COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been seven (7) confirmed new case in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 4-19-21.

As of 9AM today, April 21

Montgomery cases: 1214

Montgomery deaths: 23

Rocky Hill cases:  31

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

300    <20

203    20-29

136    30-39

192    40-49

179    50-59

121    60-69

41      70-79

73      80+

1245 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 1176 presumed recovered a

– 45  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/