4-30: Ten New Cases; Fewest Cases in 5 Months; Free COVID Testing; Recreation Summer Camp Sign-up; Primary Election Underway; Monty Named Tree City for Arbor Day; Health Insurance Deadline Today; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There were ten (10) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 4-28-21.  Detailed report at the end of this ebulletin.


FEWEST WEEKLY COVID CASES IN 5 MONTHS

The weekly case count for COVID-19 has fallen to 19, the smallest weekly number since mid-November, more than five months ago.  According to the Montgomery Health Department, widespread vaccination is the reason for the sharp drop-off in local cases. As of April 22, 71% of Montgomery residents 18 and older had received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 48% had received the full vaccine course.

“If you haven’t been vaccinated, I urge you to do it now; it will protect you, your family, and your neighbors,” said Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey. “We can see it in the Montgomery case data. We haven’t seen a single case of COVID-19 in a fully vaccinated resident.  By vaccinating, each of us protects ourselves, and those who cannot be vaccinated because of a compromised immune system. We also help our community get back to normal.”

To get vaccinate, a new resource 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.

Montgomery will soon announce additional vaccination opportunities nearby, including at the Otto Kaufman Community Center.


FREE COVID TESTING IN HILLSBOROUGH TOMORROW

Somerset County is providing free COVID-19 testing for county residents at another mobile test site on Saturday, May 1between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Mountain View Park at 141 Mountain View Road, Hillsborough, NJ.

Although the COVID-19 vaccination rollout has begun, it is still recommended that people practice social distancing and get tested for COVID-19 if they think they have been exposed to the virus.

To receive a COVID-19 test, participants must be age five-years and above and reside in Somerset County. At the test site, residents must show proof of residency with a valid driver’s license or state-issued identification.


SIGN-UP MONDAY FOR RECREATION SUMMER CAMPS!

The Montgomery Recreation Department summer camps are returning for local youth, with sign-ups starting on Monday, May 3, at 8 AM sharp. Many parents will welcome the opportunity to enroll children fun and exciting camps.

There are many programs to choose from, including Theater Camp, Jr Chef Camp, Basketball Camp, Fal- Rooney, Rec ‘N Crew, and so much more! Some activities have limited enrollments, so sign up as soon as you can. The Recreation Department website offers an overview for how to register and the necessary forms, which vary depending on the program.

Online sign-ups will activate on Monday morning, or you can register in-person at the Otto Kaufman Community Center on Skillman Road in Skillman. However, due to COVID guidelines, make sure you print and fill out your registration forms prior to arriving, for COVID safety reasons.


MONTGOMERY GETS ARBOR DAY ‘TREE CITY’ RECOGNITION

Shade Tree Committee members and family recently prepared tree seedlings.  Shown (l-r) are Eileen Foti, Amy Rosenthal, Matt Rosenthal, Mia Wong, Ed Heebner, Larry Koplik, Sarah Roberts.

Today is Arbor Day and the National Arbor Day Foundation has again named Montgomery Township, NJ a “Tree City USA” in honor of the township’s effective forest management, according to a recent letter addressed to Mayor Devra Keenan.

“The trees being planted and cared for by Montgomery are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy a better quality of life,” wrote Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation.

The Montgomery Shade Tree Committee organized festivities in April, including the giving of free witch hazel seedlings to Village Elementary School students. This year, the preparation of seedlings was hosted by the Montgomery Township Volunteer Fire Company #2, where several volunteer firefighters had memories of prior year tree giveaways.

“The Redbud tree that I planted in the third grade grew to over 30 ft tall. I feel this is an important lesson for the young people of today to learn and I’m happy the Fire Company is able to support the great work the Shade Tree Committee continues to do,” said Nelson Garrymore, MTVF#2 Trustee and Lieutenant.

Aidan Dugan planted a persimmon 11 years ago and it is now over 20 feet tall.  She recalls returning home from school with the seedling in her backpack and convincing her parents to plant it that same day.  Over the years, she has watched it grow with pride, and helped her younger siblings plant Arbor Day trees as well.


OPTIONS FOR RETURNING MAILED PRIMARY BALLOTS

Many residents will have received mailed ballots for the 2021 primary elections this week.  The ballots will explain how to fill them out and return them by mail in time to be counted on Election Day, June 6th. Somerset County is once again offering drop-boxes for returning ballots, including a box at the Montgomery Township Municipal Building at 2261 Van Horne Road/Route 206 North in the Belle Mead section. The drop box will be emptied by county officials once every day, and twice on Election Day.


HEALTH INSURANCE DEADLINE TODAY

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.


DETAILED COVID CASE REPORT

There have been ten (10) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Wednesday, 4-28-21.

As of 9AM today, April 30

Montgomery cases: 1236

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  34

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

311    <20

207   20-29

144    30-39

195    40-49

177    50-59

123    60-69

41      70-79

72      80+

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

– 1217 presumed recovered a

– 28  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/