COVID-19 Case Count 5-06; Neighborhood Works Together to Make Masks

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

 

As of 9 am today, 5/06:

NJ cases: 131,890

NJ deaths:  8,549

Somerset County cases: 3,860

Somerset County deaths: 315

Montgomery cases:  97

Montgomery deaths: 5

Montgomery presumed recovered: 51 a

Rocky Hill cases: 6

Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Rocky Hill presumed recovered: 5 a

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

5      <20

10      20-29

14      30-39

15      40-49

22      50-59

17      60-69

4      70-79

16      80+

Total 103 cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill

a “Presumed recovered” means 30 days have elapsed since individual’s diagnosis and the person is not hospitalized.

The above numbers represent a snapshot in time, and will change daily or even hourly as new data come in. We are including both laboratory-confirmed cases, and probable cases, meaning cases believed to have COVID-19 based on symptoms and exposure to confirmed cases (identified via contact tracing), but who cannot yet qualify for testing at this time. If you are experiencing cough and fever, you should isolate yourself from well family members, and stay home until 3 days after your symptoms resolve without medications. If your symptoms worsen, contact your health care provider for a telemedicine consultation. We continue to stress the importance of washing hands, maintaining social distancing, and staying home.

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/.


A NEIGHBORHOOD WORKS TOGETHER TO MAKE MASKS AND MORE

Masks are needed everywhere (where to find/how to make).  Montgomery is very fortunately to have some very talented people willing to sew masks for higher risk individuals, those in healthcare settings, and even for their neighbors.  There are so many wonderful individuals doing this that we could not list them all. We’d like to highlight one neighborhood which has been helping in the community through a dedicated team of mask makers.

Retired Township Attorney Kris Hadinger told us she joined an organization called the Somerset Mask Squad.  For anyone interested, Jen Loughran and Stacey Friedlander lead this non-profit and their email address is themasksquadsomersetnj@gmail.com. Their goal is to distribute 100,000 masks.

Masks by Kris Hadinger, materials donated by Health Officer Stephanie Carey

Kris humbly calls herself a very, very bit player. “Not even a ‘player’, I just sew,” she said.

But Kris is also part of grassroots mask sewing group in her neighborhood, Heathermede. She and her neighbors, Els Vandecandelaere, Joyce Lefens, Tam Sillick, Marisa Conners, and Samantha and daughter, Madeleine shared some photos of the hundreds of attractive cloth masks they have been sewing and providing free of charge to health care settings, essential workers, neighbors, and persons in the at-risk categories.

Els was tapped to be the spokesperson of this group of sewers.  She said they are being supported by the whole neighborhood, which is donating thread, elastic, fabric, machine oil, even lending her a sewing machine.

Madeleine Bates proudly displays her sewing work.

“First of all, it is inspiring to see the younger generation contributing to this critical mission, like Marisa and Madeleine. They are role models for their peers and all generations,” Els said.

“In our neighborhood, we have a variety of family make-ups: single elderly, families with children of all age groups, neighbors that are immuno-compromised. A small team of volunteers have agreed to support the needs of all families in their assigned street from essential grocery shopping, medicine pick-up, etc. We meet virtually once a week and have coordinated activities for the entire neighborhood: rainbow pictures behind the windows, a scavenger hunt, and lastly mask making,” Els shared.

Els Vandecandelaere busy at her machine.

“Personally this has been an incredibly rewarding experience. First of all, I have never stitched in my life and to learn a new skill was super awesome. Making masks and giving back to the community has given me the purpose I was searching for and is tremendously fulfilling.”

Go to MontgomeryTogether.us to learn about other community initiatives at:

https://montgomerytogether.us/community-initiatives/

Some initiatives by our business community: https://montgomerytogether.us/business-initiatives/

And some ways to help: https://montgomerytogether.us/volunteer/

Keep checking MontgomeryTogether.us for updates!