5-5: Sixteen New Cases; Moderna Appointments Saturday in Montgomery; Drive-Through J&J Clinic in Franklin; Sign-up for Recreation Summer Camps; Primary Election Underway; Rent Relief Expanded; Detailed COVID Case Report


There were sixteen (16) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 5-3-21.  Detailed report at the end of this ebulletin.



The Montgomery Township Health Department is holding a Moderna vaccine clinic this Saturday, May 8, from 9 AM to Noon at the Otto Kaufman Community Center in Montgomery. The clinic is available to everyone aged 18 and older.

“New Jersey is reopening, so now is the time to get yourself vaccinated so you can confidently get back to the people and activities you love,” said Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey.

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.

This clinic is the first of a new series of joint clinics between Montgomery and Hillsborough Townships to be held every Saturday morning, rotating between the townships’ respective senior centers. They will also hold a series of pop-up clinics, focusing on hesitant populations.

Officials in both townships are eager to hear from local non-profits, service organizations, houses of worship, and other groups that might be interested in offering a pop-up clinic to their members and clients. To request a pop-up clinic, email dpatel@twp.montgomery.nj.us.


New Jersey will end indoor fixed capacity limits at restaurants, gyms, retail businesses and churches starting May 19, although mask and social distancing regulations will remain in place, the governor announced Monday.

That’s why the Somerset County Department of Health has opened the Rutgers Plaza drive-thru clinic in nearby Franklin Township to any resident 18 years or older who arrives by car from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today through Friday, May 7. No appointment needed. The clinic will be providing the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) one-shot vaccine, allowing residents to quickly become fully vaccinated to take advantage of the opening of our economy, culture, and recreation in two weeks.

About 25 minutes from Montgomery, the Rutgers Plaza in Somerset (Franklin), is at 940 Easton Ave alongside John F. Kennedy Boulevard, hosting the Stop and Shop and other local stores. Residents who come to be vaccinated should use the Easton Avenue entrance and follow signs to the clinic.



The Montgomery Recreation Department summer camps are returning for local youth, with sign-ups starting this week. 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.



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.



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.




There have been sixteen (16) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Monday, 5-3-21.

As of 9AM today, May 5

Montgomery cases: 1262

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  34

Rocky Hill deaths: 1


Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

320    <20

211   20-29

147    30-39

202    40-49

179    50-59

122    60-69

43      70-79

72      80+


1296 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 1230 presumed recovered a

– 41 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/