5-7: Three New Cases and 29 for the Week; Moderna Vaccination Saturday in Montgomery; Free Wellness Wednesdays Program; Sign-up for Recreation Summer Camps; Rent Relief Expanded; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There were three (3) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 5-5-21.  Over the last seven days, there have been 29 cases, the third week in a row with fewer than 30 cases.

“We are seeing the benefit of widespread vaccination in Montgomery,” said Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey. “We haven’t had a single case of COVID-19 in a person who was fully vaccinated, which is proof of the effectiveness of these vaccines.  We encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

Detailed report at the end of this ebulletin.


MODERNA VACCINE CLINIC TOMORROW IN MONTGOMERY

The Montgomery Township Health Department is holding a Moderna vaccine clinic tomorrow, 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, with or without an appointment.

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, starting with a clinic with the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the Montgomery ShopRite plaza on Thursday, May 13 from 4 to 7pm.

To register for the clinics, use the health department’s online sign-up form or call 908-359-8211 x2400.

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.


WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS FOR MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

The Somerset County Department of Human Services has scheduled Wellness Wednesday sessions throughout May in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month. The free workshops, which start at 12 p.m., are held on Zoom. Pre-registration is requested.

Over the past year, the COVID pandemic and its accompanying economic crisis has increased the need for mental health services. Isolation, sickness, grief, job loss and food instability have taken their toll on family, friends, classmates, neighbors and coworkers.  The County is offering the Wellness Wednesday sessions to give residents a safe and easy way to attend to their health.

Guided Meditation – May 12

This session will showcase some meditation and mindfulness practices that can be easily recreated at home for all ages.  The goal is to learn practices that promote stress management, self-esteem, movement, and healing in a fun and accessible fashion. Register in advance: http://bit.ly/MediReg.

Penelope the Powerful Parrot – May 19

Presented by Somerset County Hope and Healing, this session offers interactive storytelling with song and dance for children and families.  The story follows Penelope as she learns how to be resilient in the face of adversity and celebrate coping skills through an engaging sing-along event. Register in advance: http://bit.ly/PeneReg.

Navigating the New Normal – May 26

In this session, Somerset County Hope and Healing focuses on the effect the pandemic has impacted our lives.  Participants will learn how to cope, make positive and healthy decisions, and develop new skills for coping. Register in advance: http://bit.ly/NewNormReg.

For more information, contact the Somerset County Department of Human Services at 908-704-6300 or humanservices@somerset.nj.us.


 

SIGN-UP FOR RECREATION SUMMER CAMPS!

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

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.


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 three (3) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Wednesday, 5-5-21.

As of 9AM today, May 5

Montgomery cases: 1262

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  35

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

320    <20

211   20-29

147    30-39

204    40-49

179    50-59

122    60-69

44      70-79

72      80+

 

1299 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 1241 presumed recovered a

– 33 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/