Out-of-State Travel, Celebrate Independence Day, Community Initiatives, Covid-10 Case Report

Quarantine for Out-of-State Travel: What It Means

By Stephanie Carey, Montgomery Health Officer

New Jersey has joined with New York and Connecticut in recommending 14-day quarantine periods for people visiting or returning from other states that have high rates of community spread of COVID-19.  As of June 30, health statistics for 16 states put them on the quarantine list: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah.

This is necessary because New Jersey has struggled mightily to bring our case counts under control and wants to maintain that hard-won achievement. Many other states are now confronting dangerous epidemics that we don’t want to see in New Jersey again. The list of states will change as new data become available.

The quarantine for travelers involves a lot of logistical questions and challenges, which are addressed in the NJ Dept. of Health’s Frequently Asked Questions. The basic rule is that recent travelers from these states must self-quarantine except for food or medical needs.

In Montgomery, our Health Department’s contact tracers will provide coaching, testing resources, and education to help recent travelers get through their quarantine period.

Many people will choose not to travel rather than deal with a 14-day self-quarantine. We realize this may ruin vacation plans and create inconveniences.  Yet we are confident this new guidance is prudent in light of the severity of spread in many parts of the country now. Please contact the Health Department with any questions at (908) 533-9319.

There is further info found on NJ’s covid19.nj.gov pages at:


Celebrate Montgomery Independence Day / Fireworks ’20 (Virtually)

Montgomery Township regrets to announce that the Wed., July 1, 2020 Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks have been canceled, with no known date for reschedule at this time.

A video/photo montage of Montgomery Independence Day Celebrations and Fireworks of the recent past, with an intro by the Mayor and her special guest, will be posted on our Fireworks website and social media by Saturday. Remember to check it out on Montgomery Fireworks website at https://montgomeryfireworks.org/

photo credit Frank Veronsky

Amazing Community Initiatives Found on MontgomeryTogether.us

While Montgomery so far has been able to keep its case numbers under control, many residents have still been impacted by the health and economic fall-out of the coronavirus. Many hometown heroes — just regular Montgomery residents  — have stepped up to help neighbors during the covid-19 pandemic.  It’s encouraging to see how people are helping one another during this time!

Learn about some good things that are being done and how you can help at:


We continue to add stories to the Community Initiatives page of MontgomeryTogether.us as we hear of them.  Send your stories to : montgomerytogether@twp.montgomery.nj.us.


As of 9 am today, 7/01

NJ cases: 171,928
NJ deaths: 15,078
Somerset County cases: 4,881
Somerset County deaths: 528
Montgomery cases:  117
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

9           <20
12           20-29
18           30-39
19           40-49
24           50-59
17           60-69
5           70-79
19           80+

123 cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill Total

– 108 presumed recovered a

–     8 are currently ill

–     7 were fatalities

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/