6-7: No New Cases; Vaccination Info; New Polling Locations for Tomorrow (June 8); Poll Workers Needed; Recycling & Donation Event Sunday; Municipal Building Reopens June 14; Financial Relief available; Detailed COVID Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been no (0) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 6-4-21.

“We are watching to see if any cases arise from Memorial Day activities, but, overall, this is amazing evidence of the power of vaccines to stop disease,” said Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey, speaking of the recent trend.

Detailed Case Report at the end of this ebulletin.


HOW TO GET VACCINATED IN JUNE

A family at Saturday’s vaccine clinic at OKCC.

Over 8 in 10 (82%) of Montgomery adults have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine. Among all eligible residents ages 12 and older, three-quarters (75%) have started or completed their vaccination process.  That means 25% of residents 12 and older in Montgomery still need to be vaccinated against the disease.

To schedule a vaccination appointment this week, your best option is to consult the New Jersey Vaccine Finder website where you are likely to find appointments for 12 and older at the Pike Run Plaza CVS, and for 18 and older at the Montgomery Shopping Center Walgreens.

The Montgomery Township Health Department will hold its next Moderna vaccine clinic on June 19th at the Otto Kaufman Community Center, and its next Pfizer clinic for 12 and older on June 24 at the Montgomery High School. All Montgomery clinics accept walk-ins, but you can get an appointment on the Montgomery health department website.

If any resident needs help with transportation, New Jersey’s 2-1-1 program is offering free round-trip Lyft rides for vax appointments. Just call 2-1-1 to arrange a ride. For more help, call Somerset County’s COVID Hotline at (908) 231-7155.


JUNE 8 ELECTION HAS SOME NEW POLLING LOCATIONS

Some Montgomery Township voters will be voting from new locations during the New Jersey primary election tomorrow, on June 8.

District 2 has been moved from the Blawenburg Fire Company to Otto Kaufmann Community Center. District 8 has been moved from the EMS Building to the Montgomery Evangelical Free Church. Districts 16 & 19 have been moved from the Cherry Valley Country Club to the Princeton Elks.  All other locations are unchanged.

A complete list of voting locations is available on the Montgomery Township website. Montgomery Township Clerk Donna Kukla advises residents to inspect their sample ballot to confirm the location where they are voting.


POLL WORKERS STILL NEEDED

Montgomery and other Somerset County municipalities are facing a shortage of poll workers to assist with tomorrow’s Primary Election.  Workers can earn $400 for a full day and $200 for a half day. Full day work begins at 5:30 am and goes to 8:30 pm. Half-day work is 7 hours.

If you would like to help, it is not too late! Get more information and sign up on the county elections website, and be prepared to take an online training course in time for tomorrow’s election.


“HARD-TO-RECYCLE” AND DONATION EVENT ON JUNE 13

The Montgomery Township Environmental Commission is hosting a delayed Earth Day donation and recycling event on June 13 from 11AM to 2PM at Skillman Park at 100 Main Boulevard in Skillman. Participants can drive-through and stop at the various “stations” to drop off donated and hard-to-recycle items.

Recycle/Discard:

  • Metal (courtesy of Klein Recycling)
  • Printer cartridges (courtesy of Technician X)
  • Plastic flower pots (courtesy of Shade Tree Committee)
  • Electronics
  • Expired/unwanted medications (courtesy of the Somerset County Sheriff)
  • Paper shredding for sensitive documents (no newspapers, 3 ring binders or bulldog clips; paper clips and staples are ok)

Donate:

All participants are asked to bring food and household items to donate to the Montgomery Food Pantry, which especially needs pasta sauce, fruit bars, granola bars, mayonnaise, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, and more.


MUNICIPAL BUILDING TO REOPEN JUNE 14

Montgomery Township Municipal Building at 2261 Route 206, in Belle Mead, will reopen to the public on Monday, June 14, from 8 am to 4:30 pm, but with mask-wearing required of all employees and visitors.

The Otto Kaufman Community Center (OKCC) at 356 Skillman Rd in Skillman has already reopened between 8am and 6pm Monday through Friday for residents signing up for programs or visiting the Food Pantry. The facility is also being used for vaccine clinics, blood drives, and elections. Masking is required of all staff and visitors.

However, neither the municipal building nor community center will be available for public meetings, nor for meetings of community groups, and the OKCC gymnasium remains closed to rentals.

Township Committee meetings, and meetings of boards and commissions, will continue virtually on Zoom for the time being. A list of virtual June meetings is available on the municipal website.


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 GetEmergencyBroadband.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, 6-4-21.

As of 9AM today, June 7

Montgomery cases: 1273

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  35

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

322    <20

213   20-29

148    30-39

206    40-49

180   50-59

122    60-69

44    70-79

73    80+

1308 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

–  1283 presumed recovered a

– 0 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/