8-17: Nine New Cases; Monty Vax Rates Continue to Lead; Vaccine Opportunities this Week; Vaccinate Teens for School; Video Preview of New Montgomery Library; Taxes Due Sept. 15; Financial Relief Available

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been nine (9) new cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 8-13-21. According to the Montgomery Township Health Department, the Delta variant of the virus is driving infections among unvaccinated residents, generally teenagers and adults up to the age of 59. Seniors are not getting infected because their vaccination rate is nearly 100%.


MONTGOMERY VAX RATES CONTINUE TO LEAD

Residents of Montgomery and Rocky Hill continue to lead Somerset County towns in vaccination rates, according to data released last week. As of early August, 96% of Rocky Hill adults and 92% of Montgomery adults had received at least one vaccine dose.

Local vaccination rates are exceeded only by the small village of Far Hills, which reports a rate of more than 100%, due to errors in residency reporting. The latest county data also indicate that over 60% of Montgomery teenagers 12-17 are now fully or partially vaccinated.

“Montgomery Township residents have done a terrific job responding to the public health crisis,” said Montgomery Township Health Director Stephanie D. Carey. “And yet, with schools reopening soon, we are not out of the woods yet. Montgomery is a family-oriented community with many children. That makes us vulnerable with the return to schools, where this virus can spread.”

Ms. Carey urges everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated, particularly teenagers who will return to school in three weeks. She also encourages the wearing of masks by everyone when in public, indoor settings.


MONTY VACCINATION OPPORTUNTIES THIS WEEK

Montgomery Township will host two vaccination clinics for adults 18 and older on Friday:

  • At the municipal building using the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine from 10 am to noon.
  • At the Pike Run Community Clubhouse using the Moderna vaccine from 5pm to 7pm.

Adults 18 and older may sign up for these clinics on the township website, where you’ll find additional information, or simply walk-in.

For the first time, third doses will be made available to immune-compromised people, following new CDC guidance. If you believe you qualify and want a third dose, call the Montgomery Health Department at 908- 533-9331.


VACCINATE TEENS BEFORE SCHOOL REOPENS

With township schools scheduled to start in just three weeks, the Montgomery Township Health Department strongly recommends vaccinating eligible teens 12 to 17 as soon as possible.

The closest opportunity to vaccinate teenagers this week is the Belle Mead CVS at 2311 Route 206 is the closest location offering the Pfizer vaccine to those 12 and older daily, with appointments required. Make your appointment online. The township urges parents to vaccinate teenagers as soon as possible in advance of schools reopening.


VIDEO PREVIEW OF MONTGOMERY LIBRARY RELEASED

The Somerset County Library System has released a new video previewing the Montgomery library to be opened next year in Montgomery Township. The video features Montgomery Mayor Devra Keenan and county Library Director Brian Auger walking through the library under construction on Orchard Road as part of the new municipal center.

“It’s our first library branch since 1991,” said Mr. Auger. “We know it is probably going to be our second busiest branch.” The video describes the new cutting-edge automation systems and amenities that will be available to residents when the library opens in 2022.


AUGUST TAX BILLS DUE SEPTEMBER 15TH

Montgomery Township recently received certified tax rates from Somerset County that will allow August 1 tax bills to be sent out later this week.  They will be due on September 15.

Payments made on or before September 15th will not be considered late, but payments received after that date will be liable for interest payments back to August 1. Please contact the township tax office if you have any questions at (908) 359-8211.


ENTER MONTGOMERY WEEKLY PHOTO CONTEST!

The Rec Department has reprised its annual “Show Us Your Montgomery” photo contest. Each week through August 27, residents may submit photos of “their Montgomery” to recreation@twp.montgomery.nj.us. Each week the rec staff will vote on a weekly winner, and that photo will become the Recreation Department’s Facebook cover photo for the week.

Each week’s winning photo will be entered into a Grand Prize drawing. The residents will vote on the weekly winning photos the week of August 30th and the winner will be announced September 6th.  For additional detail, visit the Recreation Department website.


FINANCIAL RELIEF AVAILABLE

Relief programs are available to people impacted financially by the pandemic.

  • 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 https://getemergencybroadband.org/  sort byFor 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.