4-26: One New Case and One Death; 77 Vaccinated at OKCC Clinic; Getting Vaccinated Is Easier Now; Earth Day Photos; Health Insurance Deadline Friday; Financial Help for Rent and Funerals; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There was one (1) new death and one (1) new case over the weekend in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 4-23-21.  Detailed case data are available at the end of this ebulletin.


MONTGOMERY VACCINATED 77 ON FRIDAY

Montgomery EMS members assisting at Friday’s clinic included Ron Gerschel, Chris Cunniff, and Carolyn Maslanka.

The Montgomery Township Health Department successfully vaccinated 77 adults with the Moderna vaccine at a special clinic on Friday at the Otto Kauffman Community Center.

The clinic was focused on local food and farm workers, including landscapers, segments of the workforce not easily vaccinated at the large mega-sites.  Also included were local seniors with limited access to transportation.

“We are being very intentional in reaching out to communities who may lack access to the large vaccination sites, whether due to transportation, internet, or language challenges,” said Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey.  “Many of the people served on Friday were Spanish speakers who had not been able to get themselves signed up for the state and county vaccine locations.”

Over the weekend, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy expressed concern that the state is “beginning to see” hesitancy among residents leading to lower vaccine demand. He said it may be necessary to “proactively reach” into communities to increase demand for the vaccine.

Approximately half of adult New Jerseyans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and one-third have been fully vaccinated. Governor Murphy has set a goal of 70% to be fully vaccinated by the end of June.


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 get an appointment. Availability should improve further with the CDC ending the two-week pause on the one-shot vaccine from Johnson & Johnson.

A new resource that may be helpful to Montgomery residents is Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health, which is offering free COVID vaccines. Register at www.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.


EARTH DAY DRAWS RESIDENTS FOR TREES AND MORE

The Montgomery Township Environmental Commission held a successful drive-through Earth Day at the Village Elementary School. With the help of the Impact Youth Club, the commission gave away swamp milkweed plants, saplings of ten different types of trees, reusable bags, and LED light bulbs. Volunteers included Susann Brown, Frank Derby, Mary Manger Reese, Dr. Kathy Manger, Master Gardener Steve Esser, Mayor Devra Keenan, and Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner.


 

EARTH DAY STREAM CLEAN UP AT HOBLER PARK

Scores of Montgomery residents joined with the Montgomery Environmental Commission and the Watershed Institute for an Earth Day stream clean-up at Hobler Park in the Skillman section Saturday. Participants wore masks and their work assignments were spread out for social distance. As shown in the photos above, residents collected trash out of the Beden’s Brook.


 

HEALTH INSURANCE DEADLINE FRIDAY

Get Covered New Jersey is the State’s official health insurance marketplace that provides access to the resources and financial help you need to find the right coverage. With a deadline this Friday, new state and federal financial assistance will help drastically lower health insurance costs for many New Jerseyans. If you need an affordable health care plan for 2021, visit getcovered.nj.gov.

If you are already enrolled, you will likely be able to claim additional savings. If you need coverage, you can explore your options. If you received unemployment compensation in 2021, you may be eligible for nearly free coverage. Enrollment is open through the end of the year but enroll by Friday, April 30th for coverage effective May 1st.


 

FINANCIAL HELP FOR RENT AND FUNERALS

 

Relief programs are available to people impacted financially by the pandemic.

  • Somerset County has established a rent relief program using Federal grant monies for county residents, including in Montgomery, who have suffered COVID-related income loss, subject to income limitations. Additional information, and an easy-to-use online application are available.
  • Funeral expense relief is available via the Federal Emergency Management Agency for people who have had to pay funeral expenses for a family member lost to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Funeral relief information is available online.

 


 

COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There has been one (1) new case in Rocky Hill and one (1) new death in Montgomery, since our last report on Friday, 4-23-21.

As of 9AM today, April 26

Montgomery cases: 1220

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  32

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

303    <20

204   20-29

141    30-39

192    40-49

177    50-59

122    60-69

41      70-79

72      80+

1252 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 1201 presumed recovered a

– 26 currently ill

– 25 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/