TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY
There have been twelve (12) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 4-7-21. Detailed case data are available at the end of this ebulletin.
WEEKLY CASES REACH 7-WEEK HIGH
Weekly COVID-19 cases reached their highest level in seven weeks for Montgomery and Rocky Hill, with 46 new cases for the week ending today, April 9. That is the highest number since the Montgomery Health Department reported 63 cases for the seven days ending February 19th.
About half of the new cases in April are among adults in their 20s and 30s, a pattern of new infections that is evident across the country. But new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill have slowed among youth under age 20, and there has been only one new infection this month in an adult 70 or older.
“We are seeing lots of evidence that the vaccines are working among our older population, which is good news for everybody,” said Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey. “I can’t stress enough how important it is for young adults to continue social distancing and wearing masks until it is their turn to be vaccinated.”
TOWNSHIP INTRODUCES 2021 BUDGET
Montgomery Township Chief Financial Officer Michael Pitts last Thursday introduced a $28.2 million municipal budget for the fiscal year 2021, down from $28.4 million last year. The formal introduction to the Township Committee will be followed by a public hearing on May 6th.
The impact of the COVID-19 impact was evident in the budget, with spending rising 22% for the health department and declining 55% for recreation, since many programs have been canceled. The budget does not factor in the $2.27 million in Federal COVID relief funds earmarked for Montgomery Township since New Jersey has not yet provided guidance on how those funds can be used.
The municipal property tax rate is proposed to increase 1.09% or by $23 per year on the median assessed home, the smallest increase in at least ten years, according to Mr. Pitts. For more information, watch Mr. Pitts’ presentation to the Township Committee. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
150 Holiday Hams Donated in Montgomery
The Montgomery Food Pantry and ShopRite of Montgomery collaborated on a program that generated about 150 donated hams for local food-insecure families during the spring holidays. ShopRite enabled residents who didn’t plan to redeem the holiday ham they had earned through the frequent shopping program to donate them through the Food Pantry.
Some of the families received their hams as well as ShopRite gift cards to purchase side dishes and dessert. Other families picked up their hams at the Princeton Elks who also donated fresh string beans, red potatoes, dinner rolls, eggs, milk, butter and a dessert of fresh fruit, pound cake, and whipped cream.
The Montgomery Food Pantry thanks the many residents who donated their hams, as well as the staff and ShopRite store manager, Nicole O’Day, for help in organizing and coordinating the donations.
ALL ADULTS ELIGIBLE FOR VACCINE APRIL 19TH
Starting this week, all adults in New Jersey 55 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccines. Starting April 19, all adults ages 16 and older will be eligible.
New Jersey is relaxing travel rules are relaxing for people who are fully vaccinated. Governor Phil Murphy said, “New Jersey is no longer advising fully vaccinated individuals who travel domestically to self-quarantine after their trip or to get tested before or after travel. The federal requirement for testing upon return to the United States following international air travel stands.”
Important: Fully vaccinated means two weeks after the second Pfizer or Moderna shot, or 2 weeks after the single J&J shot.
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/.
COUNTY OPENS SECOND VACCINE SITE
Somerset County has opened a new drive-up vaccination site in Franklin Township to supplement Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg. Located at Rutgers Plaza, the former location of a K-Mart on Easton Avenue, the “pop-up” clinic will offer the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
As with the RVCC vaccination clinic, the Rutgers Plaza clinic’s appointments will be scheduled through the state system at http://www.covidvaccine.nj.gov/. Registering does not create an appointment, but only registers you to be notified of when you are eligible to make a Covid-19 vaccination appointment. Once you qualify, you will receive a second email from the state with a link to schedule an appointment at one of the sites on the list, including RVCC and Rutgers Plaza.
FINANCIAL RELIEF AVAILABLE
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 have been twelve (12) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 4-7-21.
As of 9AM today, April 9
Montgomery cases: 1164
Montgomery deaths: 23
Rocky Hill cases: 27
Rocky Hill deaths: 1
Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:
1191 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:
– 1119 presumed recovered
– 48 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.