6-29: No New Cases; 85% of Monty Adults Started Vax Process; Cooling Center During Heat Wave; Nominate an Environment Champion; Financial Relief Available; Detailed COVID Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been no (0) new cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 6-25-21. Detailed Case Report at the end of this ebulletin.


85% OF MONTGOMERY ADULTS HAVE HAD AT LEAST ONE VAX DOSE

Montgomery Township and Rocky Hill continue to lead most Somerset County municipalities in the number of adults who have started or completed the process of vaccination against COVID-19. Fully 85% of Montgomery adults and 91% of Rocky Hill adults have had at least one dose, well ahead of the New Jersey average of 69%.

In addition, 42% of all Montgomery teens aged 12 to 17 have at least started the process of vaccination, even though the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for that age group for just seven weeks ago.

“I’m very proud of our health department and residents for their diligence in getting vaccinated as quickly as they have,” said Mayor Devra Keenan. “It has been many weeks since we surpassed the national goal of 70% of adults vaccinated by the Fourth of July. Now let’s see how close we can get to 100% of our residents vaccinated against this serious disease.”


COOLING CENTER AND UTILITY REMINDER FOR HEAT WAVE

The Montgomery Township Office of Emergency Management warns residents to take precautions during the 90-plus degree weather that returned to the area on yesterday. The combination of high temperatures and humidity can be dangerous, particularly for the elderly and people with underlying health conditions.

The township has offered suggestions for beating the heat, and a cooling center has been established at the Otto Kaufman Center at 356 Skillman Road from 8am to 6pm, today and tomorrow.  Users are requested to sign-in, fill out a covid screening form, and wear a mask.

Please let neighbors & friends in town know the cooling center is available, especially any elderly residents or families with young children. Residents are welcome to visit, read, rest, play a board game, and do paperwork while cooling off. There is WIFI connectivity, and several charging stations are available. Please call the Recreation Department with any questions at (609) 466-3023.

PSE&G has announced the utility company is prepared to meet the demand for additional power and utility crews are ready to respond to service interruptions should they occur.  PSE&G also reminds customers that hot and sticky weather can lead to more usage and higher electric bills. Customers can save energy and money this summer by following simple tips:

  • Don’t cool an empty house. Set your thermostat higher when you are away.
  • Seal holes and cracks around doors and windows with caulk or weather-stripping.
  • Replace air filters monthly. Dirty filters make air conditioner work harder.
  • Use a microwave or crockpot instead of the oven, or grill outdoors.
  • Close blinds and draperies facing the sun to keep out the sun’s heat.
  • Don’t cool unused rooms. Close the vents and shut the door.
  • Ceiling fans cool fast and cost less than air conditioning.

Download the PSE&G mobile app to report outages and receive information on restoration times, crew locations and more. Register for MyAlerts to receive text notifications at pseg.com/outagecenter.


NOMINATE YOUR ENVIRONMENT CHAMPION!

The Montgomery Environmental Commission wants to recognize township residents, students, businesses and organizations who are taking steps to protect our shared environment with the inaugural Montgomery Environmental Awards.

For example, tell us about the efforts of your neighbor who turned their yard into a backyard habitat, or a student who volunteers to shine a light on environmental issues, or a local business going above and beyond to incorporate sustainable practices into their operations.

The Township is seeking nominations by July 15 in these categories:  1) Climate Change & Clean Air; 2) Water Resources; 3) Healthy Ecosystems & Habitats; 4) Landowner of the Year; and 5) Healthy & Sustainable Businesses.  For a description of eligibility, award categories, and the nomination process, visit the EC website.

Nominations are due by 4pm July 15 via email to LWasilauski@twp.montgomery.nj.us or via mail to:  Montgomery Environmental Commission, 2261 Van Horne Road, Belle Mead NJ 08502.

Winners will be announced this fall.


FINANCIAL 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 provides 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 by org. For more information, check out the Broadband Benefit Consumer FAQ.
  • Assistance is available to help you pay your utility bills. All New Jerseyans with outstanding balances are encouraged to apply for utility assistance programs now to lower their balances and also contact their utility company to request a flexible repayment plan. You may be newly eligible for financial assistance programs to help you pay your bills. You can learn more and apply for utility help now using a new screening tool from the NJ Department of Community Affairs at gov/dca/dcaid.
  • 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 no (0) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Friday, 6-25-21.

 

As of 9AM today, June 29

Montgomery cases: 1275

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  35

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

322    <20

214   20-29

149    30-39

206    40-49

180   50-59

122    60-69

44    70-79

73    80+

 

1310 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

–  1284 presumed recovered a

– 1 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/