7-23: Three New Cases; Delta Variant Drives Rising Case Counts; Pike Run Clinic Tonight; Vaccinate Teens by Aug. 5; No Document Shred Day Until Aug. 14; Nominate an Arts Leader; Financial Relief Available

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been three (3) new cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Tuesday, 7-20-21. For further statistics, go to the Health Department’s COVID-19 portal.


DELTA VARIANT DRIVES MORE MONTY CASES

New cases of COVID-19 continued to rise in Montgomery and Rocky Hill this week, hitting 7 cases for the week ending today, July 23. It’s the highest number of weekly cases since May 7.

Across New Jersey, more than 8 in 10 new infections now involve the highly contagious Delta variant. Vaccination is still the best way to protect yourself from this variant.  Some “breakthrough” cases can occur in vaccinated people, but the vaccines protect them against serious disease.

“Even though more than 9 in 10 Montgomery adults are vaccinated now, this new Delta variant spreads more easily, making it vital that we continue to complete the vaccination process for adults and teenagers, down to the age of 12,” said Stephanie D. Carey, Montgomery Township Health Officer. “With school starting soon, we need every eligible person 12 and older to get the vaccine.”


PIKE RUN VAX CLINIC TONIGHT

The Montgomery Township Health Department will hold a vaccination clinic tonight from 5 to 7pm at the Pike Run Clubhouse for adults 18 and older, using the Moderna vaccine. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are also available.

If you would like to make an appointment or need additional details, visit the Montgomery Health Department website, or call (908) 533-9331.


VACCINATE TEENS NOW TO PREPARE FOR SCHOOL REOPENING

Montgomery families seeking to vaccinate teenagers 12 and older before the start of school should act this month.

The Pfizer vaccine, approved for teenagers, requires 5 weeks from the first dose to full immunity, including 21 days between shots plus 14 days following the second dose. With school opening September 9 in Montgomery, that means the deadline for a first dose is August 5 for your child to be fully protected on the first day of school.

The CVS at 2311 Route 206 in Belle Mead is offering the Pfizer vaccine daily, with appointments required. You can make your appointment online now.

Parents with questions about the vaccine should talk to their child’s healthcare provider or to call the Montgomery Health Department at (908) 533-9331.


NO DOCUMENT SHRED DAY UNTIL AUGUST 14

Incorrect information was posted on the Montgomery Township website about a document shredding day tomorrow, July 24 from 9am to 1pm at the South County Garage, 410 Roycefield Road in Hillsborough. This is not the correct date.

Somerset County’s next Document Shredding Day will be held on Saturday, August 16 from 9am to 1pm at the same location. Please make a note of it.

For further information on the Secure Shred Program, go to the Somerset County website at: https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/how-do-i/learn-about/free-document-shredding.


NOMINATE ARTS LEADER FOR COUNTY AWARD

The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission is accepting nominations for the 2021 Excellence in the Arts Awards to honor individuals and organizations demonstrating exemplary leadership in and dedication to fostering the fine and performing arts in Somerset County. Eligibility criteria and the online nomination form are available at https://bit.ly/SCArtsAwards. The deadline is August 20.

“The arts are important for many reasons, and even more so during this past year,” said Commissioner Melonie Marano, Cultural & Heritage liaison.  “We ask people to submit nominations so we can recognize those who went above and beyond to keep the arts alive, to help others express themselves in creative ways and to make a positive impact in the community.”

2021 Excellence in the Arts Award nominations are open to all county residents and those whose work in or for the arts primarily benefits the residents of Somerset County.

Awards are available in the following categories: Arts in Education; Arts in Community; Aspiring Young Artist. The Aspiring Young Artist award is given to a Somerset County high school or college student who has demonstrated excellence in and a commitment to the arts and comes with a $500 scholarship from the Friends of Somerset County Cultural & Heritage, Inc.

Excellence in the Arts is sponsored by the Somerset County Board of County CommissionersSomerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission and Friends of Somerset County Cultural & Heritage, Inc. For more information, contact Cultural & Heritage staff at (908)231-7021 or CulturalHeritage@co.csomerset.nj.us.


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.