COVID-19 Case Count 5-13; Census Day of Action; Emergency Food; Community Forum May 18

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

As of 9 am today, 5/13:

NJ cases: 141,560

NJ deaths:  9,702

Somerset County cases: 4,127

Somerset County deaths: 340

Montgomery cases:  99

Montgomery deaths: 5

Montgomery presumed recovered: 60 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

18      80+

Total 105 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/.


NJ Census Day of Action is Tomorrow

The U.S. Constitution requires a complete count of all people living in the United States every ten years. 2020 is one of those years. The census is used for apportioning representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives and N.J. Legislature, and determines how federal and state funding is apportioned.  Getting more funding during a pandemic or natural disaster is dependent on a full count of residents of Montgomery.

As of this week, the response rate in Montgomery is 72.9% of households.  While Montgomery has a higher response rate than N.J. and Somerset County overall, as of May 11 Montgomery trails Hopewell, Bernards, Bridgewater, Branchburg, Warren, and Green Brook Townships. (Census Response Rate Dashboard, Somerset County)

Within Montgomery, there are four census tracts. The two northeastern (generally Belle Mead) sections have a higher response rate than the Skillman/Blawenburg and Princeton postal code sections (Montgomery Census Response by Tract, 5-06-20 Map). Which Montgomery tract is going to win the competition to get to a 100% response rate first?

Tomorrow, May 14th, is the NJ Census Day of Action. First, make sure you’ve already submitted your own census response. Then ask five of your neighbors if they have submitted their census response. If not, ask them to go to 2020census.gov and fill out one for their household.

The responses are confidential and will not be disclosed by law for 72 years. The last publicly available census is from 1940. There are no questions on the census about citizenship or legal status. It is also available in many languages other than English.

Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner said, “Completing the census only takes a few minutes but will impact Montgomery for ten years. Except for following the guidelines for staying safe during the coronavirus pandemic, completing the census might be the most important thing you can do this week. It is a great activity to do with your children.”

“The people of Montgomery always strive for excellence.  Let’s do that with the 2020 census,” he added.

Go to NJ.gov for step by step suggestions on how you can be a great influence on friends and family to fill out this year’s census, especially tomorrow – the Census Day of Action.

Go to 2020census.gov  for more information about the census.


Emergency Food Giveaway

The Somerville YMCA in Cooperation with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey is providing a 5-day shelf-stable food supply to any area resident.  See this flier:

5-13-20_Giveaway Emergency Food Boxes

DOWNLOAD FLIER

Source: Somerville YMCA


COVID-19 COMMUNITY FORUM
Monday May 18 @ 7 PM

Join us live on Monday May 18th from 7-8pm when Montgomery municipal leaders will address questions on the state of affairs in town during the COVID-19 emergency with the latest information and answers.

Civic representatives and news media will ask questions of a panel of local officials for discussion during the forum. The panel will include Mayor Sadaf Jaffer, Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner, Twp. Administrator Donato Nieman, Asst. Twp. Administrator/CFO Michael Pitts, Police Director James Gill, Health Officer Stephanie Carey, Board of Health Chair Jeremy Grayson, Township Attorney Kevin Van Hise, Acting Superintendent of Schools Mary McLoughlin, and Board of Education President Joanne Tonkin.

Watch Live on Comcast Cable Channel 29 or the Twp. Video webpage at: https://montgomerynj.swagit.com/live

All residents are welcomed to submit questions electronically to MontgomeryTogether@twp.montgomery.nj.us or dial in:+1 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 899 2555 2470