5-3: Ten New Cases; Montgomery Vaccine Clinics Announced; 73% of Monty Residents Started Vaccine Process; Sign Up for Recreation Summer Camps; Primary Election Underway; Rent Relief Expanded; 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 Friday, 4-30-21.  Detailed report at the end of this ebulletin.


MONTGOMERY ANNOUNCES REGULAR VACCINE CLINICS

A vaccine clinic for municipal employees was held this morning in the Montgomery Township Courtroom.

The Montgomery Township Health Department will partner with Hillsborough Township in holding two vaccination clinics every week in May and June. These clinics will begin Saturday, May 8, from 9 AM to Noon at the Otto Kaufman Community Center in Montgomery when the Moderna vaccine will be available.

The new clinics will be open to everyone aged 18 and older, but the health departments will organize special outreach efforts to recruit participants who have language, computer, or transportation challenges, or are feeling hesitant.

“We have reached a new phase in the pandemic in which we have enough vaccine, and now we need to work as hard as we can to raise the percentage of people who are fully vaccinated,” said Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey. “That’s how we get back to​ the people and activities we love.”

To register for Saturday’s clinic, use the health department’s online sign-up form or call 908-359-8211 x2400. If you haven’t already, also sign up on the New Jersey vaccine scheduling system to save time at the clinic.


OVER 7 IN 10 MONTY RESIDENTS HAVE HAD A VACCINE SHOT

Data compiled by Somerset County show that as of April 26th, 73% of Montgomery adults had taken at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, helping to explain why the incidence of new infections is dropping, according to the Montgomery Health Department. About half of Montgomery adults (51%) have completed their vaccination course.

“I am very happy with our progress, but we still have work to do,” said Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey. “I’m pleased to see the vast majority of our adults have jumped at the opportunity to get vaccinated, and I encourage everybody else to make their own appointment now.”

The vaccination rate varies dramatically by town. At 74%, Bernards Township is the only Somerset County municipality with a higher rate of vaccination than Montgomery. Rocky Hill is in the middle of the pack at 64%. Six Somerset County towns are below the New Jersey state average of 56%.


 

SIGN-UP MONDAY FOR RECREATION SUMMER CAMPS!

 

The Montgomery Recreation Department summer camps are returning for local youth, with sign-ups starting this morning. Many parents will welcome the opportunity to enroll children in these 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.

The Recreation Department encourages online sign-ups, but you can register in-person at the Otto Kaufman Community Center on Skillman Road. If you do register in-person, be sure to print and fill out your registration forms prior to arriving, for COVID safety reasons.


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 8th.

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.


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.
  • 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.

 


 

DETAILED COVID CASE REPORT

There have been ten (10) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Friday, 4-30-21.

 

As of 9AM today, May 3

Montgomery cases: 1246

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  34

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

316    <20

209   20-29

144    30-39

198    40-49

177    50-59

123    60-69

41      70-79

72      80+

 

1280 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 1228 presumed recovered a

– 27 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/