5-26: Four New Cases; NJ Mask Rules Relaxed; Pike Run Vaccine Clinic; Sign Up Teens for Vaccination at High School; Rec N Crew Camp Faces Cutback; Voting Location Changes; Cannabis Info Session; Memorial Day; Detailed COVID Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There were just four (4) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 5-24-21. Detailed Case Report at the end of this ebulletin.


MASK RULES RELAXING, BUT BUSINESSES MAY STILL REQUIRE THEM

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that masking requirements for vaccinated people will end on Friday in most public settings, although business owners will still have the option to require masks of all patrons.

“We’re recommending that Montgomery businesses continue to require masks for employees and customers, since there’s no way to know who is vaccinated and who is not,” said Montgomery Township Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey. “Keep in mind that children under 12 can’t be vaccinated yet, and about one-quarter of Montgomery adults are not fully vaccinated.” To protect those people, it still makes sense to wear masks at indoor public places.

It is much safer to go without a mask in outdoor settings. “With such beautiful weather, enjoy being mask-free outdoors,” Ms. Carey said. “You can also skip masks indoors in private gatherings when you know everyone has been vaccinated.”


PIKE RUN CLINIC THURSDAY

Mayor Devra Keenan (r) with local family members vaccinated at a Montgomery clinic.

Montgomery Township will hold a Moderna pop-up vaccine clinic Thursday at the Pike Run neighborhood clubhouse for anyone 18 and older, from 3pm to 7pm. Appointments are available, but walk-ins are accepted as well.

To sign up for Thursday’s clinic, or to review other scheduled clinic dates, visit the Montgomery health department website. The state vaccine finder website is another way to find nearby vaccine opportunities.

If any resident needs help with transportation, New Jersey’s 2-1-1 program is offering free round-trip Lyft rides for vax appointments. Just call 2-1-1 to arrange a ride. For more help, call Somerset County’s COVID Hotline at (908) 231-7155.


SIGN UP NOW FOR PFIZER CLINIC AT MONTGOMERY HIGH

The Montgomery Health Department today announced a clinic with the Pfizer vaccine on June 3 from 5 to 8pm at Montgomery High School. While open to everyone, including parents and siblings, the clinic is to facilitate vaccinations for students as young as age 12.

The Pfizer vaccine clinics have been organized in partnership with the Montgomery Township School District and Penn Medicine. Online registration will be first-come, first-served through the New Jersey’s Vaccine Scheduling System. Residents with limited internet access may get assistance by contacting Amanda Pulgarin at (908) 359-8211 x2400.


‘REC N CREW’ CAMP FACING CUTBACKS

Unless sign-ups increase, the 2021 Rec N Crew Summer Camp for children in grades 1 to 9 may be shortened or reduced in scope, according to the Montgomery Township Recreation Department.

“We understand that families are dealing with a lot of uncertainty and may prefer to make last-minute decisions about summer camp,” Recreation Director Karen Zimmerman said.  “But sign-ups are so slow that we are hesitant to hire the normal number of counselors.”

Director Zimmerman would like to hear from families who are seriously considering the normally popular camp, but are delaying sign-ups, so she can make a better prediction of summer attendance. Sign up today at https://register.communitypass.net/Montgomery. Alternatively, email recreation@twp.montgomery.nj.us to indicate if you are interested in camp but not yet ready to register. The department would also appreciate feedback on why families have decided not to participate.

Camp begins on June 23 and runs through August 6, from 8:30am to 3pm.  It will be held on the West side of OHES for grades 1-3, on the East side of OHES for grades 4-6, and at Veterans Park for grades 6-9.  “Pre-camp” is available 7:30-8:30am and “post-camp” from 3- 6pm. The cost is $600 for the full 6 week program, with an additional charge of $125 for pre-camp and $250 for post-camp.


SOME CHANGES TO VOTING LOCATIONS ON JUNE 8

Some Montgomery Township voters will be voting from new locations during the New Jersey primary election on June 8.

District 2 has been moved from the Blawenburg Fire Company to Otto Kaufmann Community Center. District 8 has been moved from the EMS Building to the Montgomery Evangelical Free Church. Districts 16 & 19 have been moved from the Cherry Valley Country Club to the Princeton Elks.  All other locations are unchanged.

A complete list of voting locations is available on the Montgomery Township website. Montgomery Township Clerk Donna Kukla advises residents to inspect their sample ballot to confirm the location where they are voting.


MONTGOMERY INFO SESSION ON CANNABIS BUSINESSES THURSDAY

Following the recent legalization of cannabis by the New Jersey legislature, municipalities like Montgomery Township need to make decisions related to business zoning, regulation, and taxes.

On Thursday May 27 at 7pm, Montgomery Township will hold a virtual session to explain the process to residents, and collect feedback. The Zoom link for the session is available on the Township Meeting Calendar.  


MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE

2019 Memorial Day photo.

The Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee will be hosting a Memorial Day Ceremony on May 31st, 2021 at 9:00am at the Montgomery Veterans Park on Harlingen Road in Belle Mead.

The ceremony will feature lowering of the flags by Montgomery Township Boy and Girl Scouts, a spiritual message provided by Reverend Christopher Heitkamp, reflections provided by Montgomery Mayor Devra Keenan and the playing of Taps.  Please join us on Memorial Day to honor and remember all our military service members who have died while serving our country.


DETAILED COVID CASE REPORT

There have been four (4) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Monday, 5-24-21.

As of 9AM today, May 26

Montgomery cases: 1272

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  35

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

322    <20

213   20-29

148    30-39

205    40-49

180   50-59

122    60-69

44    70-79

73    80+

 

1307 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

–  1274 presumed recovered a

– 8 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/