Uptick in Cases, Staycation Ideas, Pool Safety & Case Report

Uptick in Montgomery COVID-19 Cases Proves
We’re Not “Back to Normal”

By Stephanie Carey

LATE ADDITION: Today, Governor Murphy announced that mask wearing will be required outdoors in cases where social distancing cannot be achieved.  He is responding to data suggesting a risk of resurgence, which we are also seeing locally in Montgomery, as follows:

The first three weeks of June had just 1 new COVID-19 case in Montgomery Township, a huge improvement over just two months earlier when every week produced cases in the double-digits. But June ended with 7 cases in a single week, followed by 3 more cases for the first week of July.  There is reason to believe we may be seeing the start of a resurgence in Montgomery.

Montgomery’s Health Department has now deployed a contact tracing team that is investigating the likely causes of these new infections.  Many are linked to private parties and backyard barbecues where social distancing is inadequate.

What this means to residents is we must remain vigilant. Even as we are opening up businesses and permitting outdoor gatherings, the health emergency is not over, and significant precautions must be taken.  We have worked mightily and sacrificed too much to let down our guard, or we will be back to the toughest days of April.

Additional caution is required because the health crisis is worsening in other parts of the country, in states such as Arizona, Texas, and Florida. Indeed, Governor Murphy has listed nineteen states where the epidemic is so serious that travelers from those states must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in or return to New Jersey.

To keep control of the Coronavirus in Montgomery, we ask our residents to recognize we are not “back to normal,” and that we must continue to follow these simple guidelines:

Don’t Share Your Air:  Wear a mask. Keep your distance.

We take these precautions for each other.  We do this because we care about our neighbors. We do this because with freedom comes responsibility.  Masks saves lives and are highly—but not perfectly—effective at slowing the spread.  Social distancing also saves lives.

In addition, there is an economic consideration. The most effective way to keep Montgomery businesses and employers open is to keep the virus under control.


Staycation Daytrips to Get You Thru Summer 2020

The global health crisis has canceled 2020 summer vacations for thousands of New Jerseyans, making now the perfect time to be a tourist in your own backyard. Hop in a car with your family or companion and discover the farms, historic sites, and pathways that make Central Jersey one of the great agritourism and heritage tourism destinations in the nation.

The folks at Discover Central New Jersey have curated a handy interactive map with lots of suggestions for places to visit.  You can build a terrific daytrip every week this summer.  Bookmark our website and return regularly for staycation inspiration.

The guide features Montgomery’s Hidden Spring Lavender Farm, Sourland Mountain Preserve, and the D&R Canal State Park. In addition, don’t forget the many Montgomery public pathways. Why not make a goal of walking every Montgomery pathway this summer?

The new guide also highlights open space in the wider vicinity including Goat Hill Preserve, Greenway MeadowsSourland Ecosystem Preserve and St. Michaels Farm Preserve

You’ll also find lots of historic sites, farms, and wineries that can be visited while staying outside. Click on map to read about some favorite daytrip ideas in our area.

MAP (Click on image):


 

IMPORTANT POOL SAFETY REMINDERS

The Montgomery Department of Health would like to share some important Pool Safety Reminders.  Many parents are opting to get permanent and temporary pools to keep their families active over the summer.  There has been an uptick in news stories about preventable drownings recently.  The following brochure gives guidance on appropriate precautions when using a pool:

LINK TO POOL SAFETY BROCHURE


TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: The Montgomery Health Dept. has started monitoring travelers from out-of-state “hot spots’ for self-quarantine.

As of 9 am today, 7/08

NJ cases: 174,039
NJ deaths: 15,423
Somerset County cases: 4,950
Somerset County deaths: 537
Montgomery cases:  122
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

11           <20
12           20-29
19           30-39
20           40-49
24           50-59
18           60-69
5           70-79
19           80+

128 confirmed and probably cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 109 presumed recovered a

–   12 currently ill

–     7 fatalities

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

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/