TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY
There have been six (6) new cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Tuesday, 8-17-21, and fifteen (15) for the week ending today. Presently, the Montgomery Health Department is monitoring 50 active cases in the township and Rocky Hill, including 22 cases under the age of 20 and six cases among residents aged 60 or older.
MONTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERING THIRD VACCINE DOSE
The Montgomery Township Health Department is now offering third doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine to immunocompromised residents, in accordance with new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control. Residents who meet these criteria are encouraged to book an appointment via the health department website or call 908-533-9331.
The CDC has also announced that all persons who received the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines will be eligible for an additional dose eight months after the second dose, beginning September 20. The Montgomery Health Department will begin offering those third doses according to the CDC guidelines in late September.
To prepare for additional doses, Montgomery residents are encouraged to download the New Jersey recommended “Docket” app to their smartphones to conveniently access and display the exact dates, vaccine types, and batch numbers they received previously.
MODERNA VACCINE CLINIC TONIGHT AT PIKE RUN CLUBHOUSE
Montgomery Township will host a Moderna vaccine clinic today from 5pm to 7pm at the Pike Run Community Clubhouse. Unvaccinated adults 18 and older may sign up for the clinics on the township website, where you’ll find additional information, or simply walk-in. The clinic will also provide third doses to immunocompromised persons who meet the CDC eligibility guidelines.
FREE ICE CREAM WITH VACCINE FOR MONTY TEENS
With township schools scheduled to start in just two weeks, the Montgomery Township Health Department strongly recommends vaccinating eligible teens 12 and older as soon as possible.
Montgomery will hold a second “Back to School” clinic with free ice cream next Thursday, August 26, from 4pm to 7pm at the Otto Kaufman Community Center at 356 Skillman Road. The clinic will use the Pfizer vaccine, the only one approved for teenagers. While it is not necessary to pre-register, you may do so for convenience on the health department website.
Another convenient option to vaccinate teenagers is the Belle Mead CVS at 2311 Route 206 which is offering the Pfizer vaccine to those 12 and older daily, with appointments required. Make your appointment online.
MONTY’S FIRST RESTAURANT WEEK A SUCCESS
Township Committeperson Shelly Bell with Jennifer Cifelli, owner of the Blawnburg Bistro, during Montgomery Restaurant Week.
Montgomery’s first Restaurant Week was a success, according to Anna Mancilla, the chairperson of the Montgomery Economic Development Commission.
“We launched the first annual restaurant week hoping to highlight our local restaurants in what would otherwise be a slow month for business,” said Ms. Mancilla. “We received feedback from our restaurants suggesting the event was a success. We hope to continue to improve and shape this event to be a recurring annual event for our restaurants and our residents with new and original promotions to excite people to come out and enjoy our local cuisine.”
Several restaurants—including Aja, Beniamino’s, Saraha—have reported strong sales related to the promotional week.
In all, twenty restaurants participated in the event, most offering discounts or special menu items. You can still see the list of participating businesses at https://montyrestaurantweek.com/.
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.