7-20-20: Latest on Contact Tracing, Health Advisory on Heat, Pool Safety, Today’s Case Report

LATEST NEWS ON CONTACT TRACING EFFORTS

Contact tracing is an essential tool to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.  It involves public health professionals reaching out to positive cases, both to determine their likely source, and to identify additional people who may have become infected. Contact tracing is the most effective way to stamp out new outbreaks before they become large, allowing us to reopen the economy.

The first step in contact tracing is a telephone call placed by health department staff to individuals who have been infected, to ask where they have been and who they have been in contact with.  We ask for names and numbers of those additional people, so we can contact them to ask similar questions, and to provide advice about testing and quarantine, to reduce the chance for further spread.

What about the latest efforts to trace air travelers visiting or returning to NJ from high-risk states?

Starting today, travelers returning to or staying in New Jersey following arrival at one of four airports in New Jersey, including Newark, Teterboro, Atlantic City and Trenton, will be asked to voluntarily complete an electronic form from NJ Dept. of Health if they have recently visited a state with widespread COVID-19 transmission.

Travelers can take the survey by:

Texting NJTRAVEL to 898211

Visiting http://covid19.nj.gov/njtravel

Scanning a QR code available at NJ airports

As a result:

  • Contact tracers will be reaching out to air travelers to coach them on quarantine to protect family, friends & others.
  • The Montgomery Health Dept. will also be offering supports to help travelers quarantine effectively.
  • Please help us to help everyone by answering the phone for our contact tracing health staff.

See details in this FAQ from the NJ Dept of Health:  COVID-19 Traveler Advisory—New Jersey Airports

What about contact tracing scams?

There have been instances of scams in which people have falsely posed as contact tracers to try to commit crimes.  Don’t let that stop you from cooperating with legitimate contact tracing, which is intended to protect the health of you, your loved ones, and the community overall.

The best way to identify a fraudulent tracer is the questions they ask. A legitimate contact tracer will never ask you for banking information, your Social Security number, insurance information, or ask you to pay a fee. A legitimate contact tracer will also give you their own name and tell you who they are working for. If they are calling from the Health Dept. department you have the option to call the Montgomery Municipal building (908-359-8211) to verify that these are real Township employees.

What happens if contact tracing determines I am at risk of infection?

If you have been exposed to a person who has tested positive, we will help you get access to testing, provide support services, and provide you with written instructions for isolation or quarantine, if needed.   Self-quarantine usually lasts 2 weeks.

The whole society has essentially been “quarantined” for the last two months.  Following the instructions of a contact tracer is a necessary sacrifice you can do to help your neighbors, help your community, to return to society, confident in the knowledge that infected people are being identified and quarantined until they are either recovered or tested negative.

If you receive a call from the Health Department, please know that our foremost concern is your family’s health and welfare. Thank you for answering the call!


 

HEAT ADVISORY & COOLING TIPS FROM HEALTH DEPT.

A third straight day of 90-plus degree temperatures is occurring today in our area, although it feels like it’s more than 100 once again due to high levels of humidity.

As the temperature rises, it’s important to KEEP YOUR COOL. Know the warning signs, and treatment, of common heat-related problems.

11 TIPS TO PREVENT HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES:

  1. The elderly and young children under five years of age, especially babies under one year, are particularly sensitive to heat’s effects. Be sure to offer plenty of liquids to drink, keep them in the shade, and take care not to overdress them.
  1. GET OUT OF THE HEAT

Take advantage of air conditioned facilities such as at home or indoor shopping malls or public libraries, being careful to follow social distancing measures. A ride in an air-conditioned car can help. If you must go outside try to limit these excursions to early morning or later in the evening when temperatures are lower.

  1. STAY IN THE SHADE

When you are outdoors stay out of direct sun when possible. There can be a ten to fifteen degree difference in the temperature when you are in the shade.

  1. USE FANS, EVEN IF YOU HAVE AIR CONDITIONING

While electric fans do not cool, a fan in each room will help to circulate air and lower temperatures. If you don’t have air conditioning … create cross-ventilation by opening windows on two sides of the building, keep curtains, shades or blinds drawn during the hottest part of the day, and open windows at night. Try to spend a few hours in an air conditioned building.

  1. COOL YOUR BODY TEMPERATURE

If possible, take a cool bath or shower. Cool water will help you to dissipate body heat.

  1. WEAR LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING IN LIGHTER COLORS

Dark colors will absorb heat. Loosely woven cotton and linen (natural fibers) are much cooler than knits and synthetic fabrics.

  1. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS

Try to drink 8 – 10, 8 ounce cups of liquid daily. Carry water or juice with you and sip continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Snack on vegetables and fruit since they have a high water content.

  1. AVOID ALCOHOL AND CAFFEINE

Stay away from caffeinated beverages and alcohol, which can dehydrate the body. Alcohol may also dull your perception of the actual temperature.

  1. SALT AND ELECTROLYTES

Don’t take salt tablets unless you check with your doctor first. You get enough salt from your food or drinking a sports drink.

  1. SLIP, SLAP, SLOP

Slip on a shirt, Slop on sunscreen lotion, Slap on a hat. Wear a wide brimmed hat and dark sun glasses (100% UVA & UVB protection). When at the beach use a shade umbrella and a loose fabric cover up.

  1. PETS can be affected by the heat. Keep their water dish full, and keep them indoors or in the shade during peak hours. Never leave an animal in a locked car, even for a few minutes.

MONTGOMERY TWP. HEALTH DEPARTMENT


 

IMPORTANT POOL SAFETY REMINDERS

 The Montgomery Department of Health would like to share some important Pool Safety Reminders.  Many parents are opting to get permanent and temporary pools to keep their families active over the summer.  There has been an uptick in news stories about preventable drownings recently.  The following brochure gives guidance on appropriate precautions when using a pool:

LINK TO BROCHURE

 


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

 

Note: There have been zero (0) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Fri., 7-17-20.

The Montgomery Health Dept. is monitoring travelers from out-of-state ‘hot spots’ for self-quarantine.

As of 9 am today, 7/20

NJ cases: 176,963
NJ deaths: 15,715
Somerset County cases: 5,068
Somerset County deaths: 553
Montgomery cases:  128
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

12           <20
15           20-29
19           30-39
21           40-49
24           50-59
19           60-69
5           70-79
19           80+

134 confirmed and probably cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 115 presumed recovered a

–   12 currently ill

–     7 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/