5-14: NO New Cases and Just Four in Last Week; CDC Relaxes Masking Advice; Get Vaccinated by Memorial Day; Princeton University Vaccinating Local Teens; Mental Wellness Program; Financial Relief; Free Document Shredding

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There were NO (0) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 5-12-21. Over the last seven days, only four (4) new cases have been reported, the lowest weekly total in nearly eight months.

“Vaccination works, and our community is doing a great job accessing vaccines,” said Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey. “If you haven’t gotten vaccinated, do it now so you can get back to normal with your friends and neighbors. If we keep vaccinating, we can be in the Green Zone within weeks!”


CDC RELAXES MASKING ADVICE FOR VACCINATED PEOPLE

 

The Centers for Disease Control yesterday announced the end to masking advice for fully vaccinated people, with a few exceptions. However, as of Friday afternoon, the indoor masking requirement is still in effect in New Jersey.

“Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance,” the CDC website advises. “Fully vaccinated” is defined as two weeks following your second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Until New Jersey changes its rules, masks must still be worn indoors in public places, such as businesses.  Even when the state relaxes indoor masking, vaccinated people will still need to wear a mask on airplanes, public transportation, and in health care settings, based on the new CDC guidance.


GET FULLY VACCINATED BY MEMORIAL DAY

Would you like to be fully vaccinated by Memorial Day?

On Saturday May 15, from 10am to 2pm, Somerset County will offer the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine on the Division Street Pedestrian Walkway in Somerville to adults 18 and older. No appointment necessary.

Because the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one shot, recipients will qualify as fully vaccinated two weeks later, or just in time for Memorial Day, the traditional kick-off to summer.

Tomorrow, the Montgomery and Hillsborough Township health departments will jointly offer a Moderna vaccination clinic from 9am to Noon at the Hillsborough Municipal Building/Senior Meeting Room. Get additional information on the Montgomery vaccination scheduling page. Appointments recommended by not required.


PRINCETON UNIVERSITY VACCINATING YOUTH 12+

Princeton University is hosting a series of COVID-19 vaccination clinics that are open to the public, now including 12- to 15-year-olds. The Pfizer vaccine will be administered in clinics at Jadwin Gym on campus at the following dates and times:

MAY

  • Friday, May 14, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 18, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 19, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 21, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

A schedule for June has been posted as well.

​Registrations are being accepted for first and second doses. Anyone age 12 or older who wishes to receive the Pfizer vaccine at these campus clinics should register with New Jersey’s Vaccine Scheduling System to secure an appointment. Limited walk-ups are also possible. If receiving a first Pfizer dose, you must be available to receive the second dose in three weeks; a second appointment will be scheduled automatically. Bring proof of partial vaccination to receive a second dose at these campus clinics.


MONTGOMERY RECREATION MENTAL WELLNESS PROGRAM

Drawing on ancient Eastern and Western philosophies, Montgomery Recreation is offering a webinar on May 19 focusing on three main topics: One, how to use the time during the COVID era; Two, the philosophical scale of Happiness; Three, the pursuit of happiness through a focus on self-care. It will become clear that philosophy has something valuable to offer to all of us, and it can take us to the goal of happiness.

The virtual event will be offered via Zoom on Wednesday May 19 from 7 to 8pm. The instructor is Ashwini Mokashi, Ph.D., Philosophical Counselor and Consultant, and author of ‘Sapiens and Sthitaprajna.’

Registration for the FREE webinar is through the Recreation Department OR call Montgomery Recreation, 609-466-3023 to register (M-F, 8am-4:30pm).

A similar program for grades 7 through 12 will be offered in June.


LARGER AWARDS FOR RENT RELIEF AVAILABLE

 

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

  • Recently, the income limits and the amount of funds have been increased for Somerset County families who are eligible to receive money from the Emergency Rental Relief Program (ERRP) to help keep them in their homes if they have lost their income due to the pandemic.  Additional information, and an easy-to-use online application are available.
  • A new Emergency Broadband Benefit is available, providing a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service to eligible households. The program also offers a discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider (such as CenturyLink, Comcast or Verizon, and many cellular providers) or by visiting sort byorg. For more information about eligibility, check out the Broadband Benefit Consumer FAQ.
  • 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.

 


FREE DOCUMENT SHREDING SATURDAY

Somerset County is sponsoring Operation Secure Shred on Saturday, May 15, at the Somerset County Public Works Garage, North County Facility located at 411 Chimney Rock Road, Bridgewater, NJ 08807, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until the trucks are filled. The event is a FREE and easy way for residents to help guard against identity theft. The event will occur rain or shine.


DETAILED COVID CASE REPORT

There has been NO (0) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Wednesday, 5-12-21.

 

As of 9AM today, May 14

Montgomery cases: 1268

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  35

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

322    <20

212   20-29

148    30-39

204    40-49

179    50-59

122    60-69

44      70-79

72      80+

 

1303 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 1262 presumed recovered a

– 16 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/