Twp. Bldg. Operations; Testing without Rx; Indoor Dining Postponed; Rainbarrel Workshop 7-25; Case Report

Township Building Updated Guidelines for Appts Effective July 6th

The Township of Montgomery remains committed to the health and safety of our residents, employees and the general public throughout the current health emergency. Following state guidelines, starting July 6th, municipal staff will be available for business and services via non-contact methods or by appointment via the following updated guidelines for service:

  1. Phone or email are the preferred communication methods in order to protect everyone’s health. Contact information for all departments can be found on the departmental pages of the website. The main municipal phone number is (908) 359-8211 Mon.-Fri. 8AM-4:30PM.
  2. All requests for in-person visits will be evaluated to determine their necessity or if other options are suitable. If needed, arrangements will be made for an appointment at a specific date and time.
  3. In the event of an in-person visit, each department will be responsible for pre-screening residents using a brief health questionnaire. The questionnaire contains basic contact questions related to COVID-19.
  4. Visitors are asked to announce themselves by mobile phone upon arrival, if possible. The relevant staff member will meet them at the entrance at the appointed time. Each visitor will need to wear a facial covering and will have their temperature taken via no-touch thermometer prior to entering the building.

 

Somerset County Residents Do NOT Need Rx to get Tested on July 2 & 9

The Somerset County Department of Health has announced that a physician’s prescription is no longer required for county residents to be tested at the COVID-19 drive-thru site at Raritan Valley Community College.   The next testing dates are Thursday, July 2 & 9, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Testing, which is free of charge, is only open to Somerset County residents, age five (5) and older.  An appointment and valid identification is required.

Appointments for July 2 and 9th can be scheduled online at https://somerset-hunterdon.adlabscovidtest.com. Residents who do not have computer access, or who would like to schedule an appointment for children age five to 18 years old, can call the COVID-19 testing information line at 908-203-6014, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., not including holidays.

Anyone who does not have an appointment will be turned away.

For the safety, health and security of staff and volunteers, patients must arrive by car. The drive-thru test site will not allow entry if residents do not arrive in a vehicle, even if they have a valid ID.  When coming to the testing center, residents are asked to use the main entrance to the college campus, off of Route 28.

Other test sites can be found online by visiting the New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub at https://covid19.nj.gov/testing.

For more information, visit  www.co.somerset.nj.us/covid19status for updates or contact the Somerset County Department of Health at coronavirus@co.somerset.nj.us.


 

 Reopening of Indoor Dining Postponed

Today Governor Phil Murphy reversed Friday’s executive order establishing rules for indoor dining to restart at a 25% capacity on Thursday, July 2.  In his daily press briefing, the Governor announced that this Stage 2 reopening step is being postponed.  The reasons stated included the spikes occurring in other reopening States and large New Jersey crowds not social distancing properly at certain outdoor dining restaurants and bars over the weekend.

According to the Governor: “We have seen spikes in other states driven, in part, by the return of patrons to indoor dining establishments, where they are seated, and without face coverings, for significant periods of time. We are also moved to take this step because of what we have seen in some establishments across the state of late.”

“We have been cautious throughout every step of our restart. We’ve always said that we would not hesitate to hit pause if needed to safeguard public health. This is one of those times,” Governor Murphy concluded.

No new indoor dining date has been given at this time.  Outdoor dining is allowed to continue as it has since June 15th.

Indoor areas of shopping malls reopened today, June 29, as did Motor Vehicle Commission centers for driving tests and inspections only.

On July 2, outdoor playgrounds, water parks and amusement parks are slated to reopen. Museums, aquariums, casinos, and indoor recreational facilities will be able to reopen on July 2 at 25% capacity and with required face coverings.

Here is a link  from the State of NJ FAQs on what is reopening when and what remains closed:

https://faq.business.nj.gov/en/articles/3820777-which-businesses-may-be-open-and-what-guidelines-must-be-followed-personal-care-pools-and-organized-sports-reopen-june-22


Virtual Rain Barrel Building Event July 25

Did you know that rainbarrels can save you water use around the yard, reduce your water bill, AND help recharge our aquifers?  Join The Watershed Institute and Montgomery Township Saturday, July 25 from 10AM to 12 noon for a virtual Rainbarrel Building Workshop!

The rainbarrels are real but you assemble at home with easy-to-follow remote assistance. Learn about rainwater harvesting and water quality in NJ, how installing a rain barrel helps protect water quality, and other ‘river-friendly’ actions you can implement at home!

We will provide you with the materials and an instructor to build a rain barrel at home! This event is planned for the convenience of the Montgomery community.  You pick up the rain barrel kit the week before and build the barrel at your home with the help of a live instructor (or later by recorded video)!

This event is underwritten by the Montgomery Township Environmental Commission/Sustainable Montgomery at a reduced rate of only $45 for all materials and class.  Pick-up is outside at Watershed on either Wednesday, 7/22 from 9-11 AM or Thursday, 7/23 from 4-6 PM.

Registration (first-come basis) and details and contact info for questions at:
http://thewatershed.doubleknot.com/registration/calendardetail.aspx?activitykey=2701622&orgkey=3916&ReturnURL=//thewatershed.doubleknot.com/app/calendar/month/3916/2020-07-01/3916/0/


TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

As of 9 am today, 6/29

NJ cases: 171,272
NJ deaths: 14,992
Somerset County cases: 4,858
Somerset County deaths: 528
Montgomery cases:  114
Montgomery deaths: 7
Montgomery presumed recovered: 108 a
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0
Rocky Hill presumed recovered: 6 a

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

8           <20
12           20-29
18           30-39
18           40-49
24           50-59
17           60-69
4           70-79
19           80+

Total 120 cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill

a “Presumed recovered” means 30 days have elapsed since individual’s diagnosis and the person is not hospitalized.

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/

*****DISCLAIMER***** Reported numbers on this page may not match the figures provided on the Somerset County page.  This is due to differences in reporting times.

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/