Case Count 5-20 & Mayor’s Interview with Dr. Jeremy Grayson

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

As of 9 am today, 5/20:

NJ cases: 150,399
NJ deaths: 10,747
Somerset County cases: 4,349
Somerset County deaths: 384
Montgomery cases:  100
Montgomery deaths: 7
Montgomery presumed recovered: 76 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
19      80+

Total 106 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/.



MAYOR JAFFER’S INTERVIEW WITH DR. JEREMY GRAYSON

In this video, Mayor Sadaf Jaffer speaks with Montgomery Township Board of Health President Jeremy Grayson, MD, an academic anesthesiologist working directly with COVID-19 patients at a large, local, tertiary care hospital.

Among the mayor’s questions are: Why has the number of cases stayed relatively low in Montgomery (100 as of today)? Dr. Grayson explains how important compliance with protective measures has been, and that Montgomery’s suburban setting may also be a factor.  However, he is concerned that residents will interpret low prevalence as a sign that there is little COVID-19 risk here, become impatient, and assume too much risk too soon.  Dr. Grayson points out that Montgomery is not an island; it is located in the second hardest hit state in the U.S., at the crossroads of two large cities, New York and Philadelphia, in the heart of the northeast corridor. Many Montgomery residents continue to commute to those, and other more densely populated metropolitan and urban areas.

Mayor Jaffer and Dr. Grayson stress patience, caution, and a slow, conservative approach toward reopening, and resumption of pre-pandemic behaviors.  The interview ends on a hopeful note of a return to normalcy sometime in the mid-term future, which can occur with more widespread and better testing, expanded hospital infrastructure, a potential vaccine and more effective treatments, and robust contact tracing. In the meantime, both the mayor and board president urge the public to listen to local health officials as the best source of accurate information.  Watch the video to learn what to do and not to do to stay safe.