7-22-20: Travel List, Don’t Share Your Air, Workshops, Case Report

Travel Advisory List Expands to 31 States

Ten New States Added

To save lives and prevent the spread of COVID-19, New Jersey has issued an incoming travel advisory that all individuals entering New Jersey from states with a significant spread of COVID-19 should quarantine for 14-days after leaving that state. This includes travel by train, bus, car, plane and any other method of transportation. See related Twp. article on Air Travel & Contact Tracing.

As of Wednesday, July 22, there are currently 31 states that meet the criteria stated above:

Alabama (added 6/24/20), Alaska (7/21/20), Arkansas (6/24/20), Arizona (6/24/20), California (6/30/20), Delaware (re-added 7/21/20), Florida (6/24/20), Georgia (6/30/20), Iowa (6/30/20), Idaho (6/30/20), Indiana (7/21/20), Kansas (7/7/20), Louisiana (6/30/20), Maryland (7/21/20), Mississippi (6/30/20), Missouri (7/21/20), Montana (7/21/20), Nebraska (7/21/20), Nevada (6/30/20), New Mexico (7/14/20), North Carolina (6/24/20), North Dakota (7/21/20), Ohio (added 7/14/20), Oklahoma (7/7/20), South Carolina (6/24/20), Tennessee (6/30/20), Texas (6/24/20), Utah (6/24/20), Virginia (7/21/20), Washington (7/21/20), Wisconsin (7/14/20)

Note: Minnesota was removed from the list on 7/21/20

This list is regularly updated on the NJ COVID-19 Information Hub.


The Bottom Line: Don’t Share Your Air

Lucy Jones is a trusted voice in emergency communications. As a renowned seismologist of over three decades, she has drilled into the minds of the California public one key earthquake response. If you do nothing else, she taught, follow these basics steps: “Drop! Cover! Hold On!”

She has a similarly clear message on the coronavirus — one that we should all be listening to now as we confront a disease that we know people can carry and spread without showing any symptoms at all:

“Don’t share your air,” she says. “Wear a mask around others. Maintain distance. Simple as that.”

“… Most people are getting covid-19 from breathing in the air of an infectious person. If you can’t protect yourself from everybody else’s air, what you can do is keep your air from getting out to others,” the scientist added during an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

Here’s how that works: There are these tiny, tiny droplets that are carrying the virus … Putting a mask on your face, think of how it fogs up your glasses. That’s the moisture carrying the virus getting caught and not going out to infect someone else.

Caught in the masks the droplets also condense and thus grow heavier and drop more quickly — and thus more safely — out of the air.

It’s also worth noting that it’s easier not to share your air outside. She notes that the states that got hit hardest first were “cold places” where you mostly had to stay inside in those early months. And some of the states being hit hardest now are hot places, where people are now retreating indoors from the heat.

Given all that, if you have to focus on one key, make-or-break message, the one that can make the most impact is: Don’t share your air.

Lucy Jones ended with one final thought:

“What’s at the heart of the message about the importance of wearing masks is that it’s not about our individual needs but about our collective safety, that it requires a willingness to ‘put our common good in front of our personal discomfort’.”

Don’t share your air.  Wear a mask.  Keep your distance.

Excerpted from: “Who doesn’t trust Lucy Jones in a crisis? Here’s what she has to say about the coronavirus pandemic,Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times, June 27, 2020.


SATURDAY 7-25 WORKSHOPS ARE FULL

Please note that two remote workshops sponsored by Montgomery Township, both scheduled for July 25th, are now full and cannot take further registrants.  These are:  “Understanding and Combating Racism — Causes, Consequences, and Antidotes” with Dr. Sandra Donnay, and “Build Your Own Rainbarrel Workshop” with Erin Landis of The Watershed.  Due to popular interest we will plan to repeat these events in the future.


TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There have been zero (0) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Mon., 7-20-20.  One case was removed due to a change in jurisdiction, reducing the count.

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

As of 9 am today, 7/22

NJ cases: 177,645
NJ deaths: 15,707
Somerset County cases: 5,082
Somerset County deaths: 550
Montgomery cases:  127
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

12           <20
14           20-29
19           30-39
21           40-49
24           50-59
19           60-69
5           70-79
19           80+

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

– 114 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/