8-10: Warning on Parties, Mayor’s Video Interview, Cooling Center a Big Help, Case Report

Health Office Warns of COVID Spread by Indoor Parties

When care is not taken, any party can become a ‘virus spreader’ event. It is only natural to want to enjoy the company of friends, especially in the summertime. It seems some young people especially are feeling impatient.  Covid-19 figures indicate that teens and those in their twenties are catching the virus more frequently recently.  For the first three weeks of July, the percentage of cases among the age group 18 to 29 was 24% to 33%, up from 12% in April. There are also indications of long-term health impacts after recovery.  Read this article which quotes New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli on the matter:

https://www.njspotlight.com/news/growing-alarm-over-indoor-parties-as-covid-infects-more-young-people/

Play it safe.  Be patient.  If you host or attend a social gathering you feel is necessary, try to do so outdoors*, with masks, and lots of space.  You will never regret being extra careful at this time (but you might regret not doing so). See the below tips on hosting or attending a gathering.

*Indoor gatherings are now limited in the State of NJ to a maximum of 25 persons with few exceptions.

TIPS ON SAFE GATHERINGS


Mayor’s Interview with Deputy Public Health Officer Devangi Patel

August is typically a month of social gatherings or travel for many. However, precautions on gatherings and travel are being advised by the Township Health Office. Can you host or attend a party safely at this time? Find out the current status of COVID-19 in town and learn some sound guidance from Deputy Health Officer Devangi Patel as she is interviewed by Montgomery Twp. Mayor Sadaf Jaffer:

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RESIDENTS COOL OFF AT CENTER AFTER STORM

The Otto Kauffman Community Center was opened as a much needed Cooling Center last Wednesday until Sunday and many residents, finding themselves suddenly without power after Tropical Storm Isaias, were glad of the opportunity.

Recreation Director Karen Zimmerman stated that over 100 visitors came to Otto Kaufman to cool off, charge phones, and get some cool water. Residents had to sign in with name, address, and phone number for contact tracing purposes, wear masks, and socially distance.

“Many people came to work on their tablets or laptops. So we spread out make-shift charging stations, setting up tables in the gym and hallways; wherever there was an outlet – even outside,” Karen said.

There were those who wished to remain out-of-doors due to Covid-19 and a tent with charging area was set up for them.  Others chose to sit in their cars and connect to the Center’s Wi-Fi.

According to Police, there are only two homes still known to be without power at this time in Montgomery. Everyone is cautioned to take care with any food which defrosted during the outage. A good rule of thumb is: “When in doubt, throw it out.”

“We were hit hard but we got through this by working together as a community,” said Mayor Sadaf Jaffer, “Thank you to our Recreation staff for everything they did to assist impacted residents.”

 


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There have been zero (0) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Friday, 8-07-20.

The Montgomery Health Dept. is monitoring travelers from out-of-state ‘hot spots’ for self-quarantine.

As of 9 am today, 8/10

NJ cases: 185,031
NJ deaths: 15,878
Somerset County cases: 5,253
Somerset County deaths: 561
Montgomery cases:  136
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

13        <20
18        20-29
19        30-39
22        40-49
26        50-59
19        60-69
5        70-79
20        80+

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

– 133 presumed recovered a

–     2 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/

8-07: Storm Recovery, Tax Grace Period Extended, Farmer’s Market Video, MEMS Blood Drive, Case Report

Storm Recovery Update & Municipal Resources

As of this morning, 90% of PSE&G customers have had power restored from Tuesday’s storm; however, there are still households in Montgomery without power and many trees have suffered wind damage.  The Township will continue to focus its emergency personnel and resources so that needed services may be provided to residents in the coming days (details below).

Mayor Sadaf Jaffer stated, “I understand the difficulties faced by community members in light of Tropical Storm Isaias. I would like to thank our public works department for their efforts in clearing debris as well as the Police Department and EMS for all their work including providing necessary resources to residents. Finally thanks to the staff of the Otto Kauffman Community Center for operating as a cooling, charging, and internet connectivity center as we continue to recover from this powerful storm.”

Beginning Monday August 10th DPW will be picking up tree branches/debris from the Isaias storm. This will include state and county roads.

  • Place branches curbside in a pile, not in the street, by Monday.
  • Branches must be NO longer than 3 feet in length. If the branches are longer than 3 feet they will be left at the curb.

The Otto Kauffman Community Center, 356 Skillman Rd, Skillman, NJ 08558, will be open as a cooling, charging, and internet connectivity center Sat. (8/8) & Sun. (8/9) 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Residents must sign in with name, address, and phone number for contact tracing purposes, wear masks and socially distance.

Potable water is available near the wheelchair ramp in front of the Montgomery Township Municipal Building at 2261 Rt. 206, Belle Mead, NJ 08502.

Thank you for your cooperation as we assist residents in recovering from the storm.


Quarterly Property Tax Period Extended

Dear Property Owners:

Please be advised, Montgomery Township has received necessary tax figures from Somerset County and tax bills will go out next week for the second half of 2020.  Unless otherwise stated on the bill, the 3rd quarter billing will be due August 1, 2020 with a grace period ending September 10, 2020. (The usual 10 day grace period has been extended due to the date of mailing.)

Any payment received after 9/10/2020 will be charged interest from 8/1/2020.

The 4th quarter billing will be due November 1 with a grace period ending November 10, as usual.  Please make a note of it.

The Township’s online payment portal is available for payment of taxes or sewer fees (2.99% convenience fees for credit card payments, no fee to pay by e-check).

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions.  Thank you and stay safe.

Thank you,

Michael W. Pitts Jr., CPA, CMFO, CTC, QPA
Chief Finance Officer  / Assistant Township Administrator / Tax Collector
Montgomery Township
mpitts@twp.montgomery.nj.us


 

NATIONAL FARMERS MARKET WEEK
Watch Video & Shop Saturday’s Market @ Village Shopper

Because this is National Farmers Market Week, today on Virtual Main Street we feature the Montgomery Farmers Market. Our town’s weekly outdoor farmer’s market is held 9 am to 12 noon at the Village Shopper parking lot near MooYa every Saturday through October. It has been run for 18 years by local non-profit Montgomery Friends of Open Space.

Get an idea what it’s like to shop at the market safely by watching this spotlight video found on the Virtual Main St. page of the Montgomery Together website at :

https://montgomerytogether.us/virtual-main-street-2/#close


Vitalant and Montgomery EMS Blood Drive

We are in need of all blood types!

Location – Montgomery EMS
Thursday, August 13, 2020 (01:00 pm – 07:00 pm)
8 Harlingen Road
Belle Mead, NJ 08502
Meeting Room

Schedule your appointment online at https://donor.cbsblood.org/donor/auth/signin or call 201-251-3703. Appointments Strongly Recommended. Complimentary cholesterol screenings for all donors.

In alignment with the updated CDC guidelines, donors will now be required to wear face coverings to their donation. You can wear your own homemade mask or face covering, provided the cloth or homemade mask covers both your nose and mouth in alignment with updated CDC guidelines. For more CDC guidance on face coverings and how to make your own. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

If you are unable to wear a covering or mask, we ask that you postpone your donation to a later date.

All Blood Donors Receive COVID-19 Antibody Testing!

Your blood donation delivers DOUBLE the good when you save lives and learn your COVID-19 antibody status! Donate and your blood donation will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies.

Please allow at least 2 weeks of processing time for your results to become available in the Wellness Center.

About the importance of donating blood: https://www.vitalant.org/Learn/Blood-Basics.aspx

Thank you for supporting your community!

 


TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There have been zero (0) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report from Wednesday, 8-05-20.

The Montgomery Health Dept. is monitoring travelers from out-of-state ‘hot spots’ for self-quarantine.

As of 9 am today, 8/07

NJ cases: 184,061
NJ deaths: 15,860
Somerset County cases: 5,223
Somerset County deaths: 562
Montgomery cases:  136
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

13        <20
18        20-29
19        30-39
22        40-49
26        50-59
19        60-69
5        70-79
20        80+

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

– 126 presumed recovered a

–     9 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/.

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/

8-06: New Normal, Twp. Com. Mtg. Tonight, Virtual Main St.: Coder School, Case Report

HOW TO LIVE IN OUR NEW NORMAL

Interview with local expert on controlling the spread of the virus and saving lives 

The following link is to an article by Dr. Martin Blaser, director of Rutgers’ Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine and professor of medicine and microbiology. Health Officer Stephanie Carey felt this article included useful information for our residents. It discusses the current situation and what we now know about Covid-19 and recommends safety practices for the current time :

https://www.rutgers.edu/news/how-live-our-new-normal-covid-19

 


MONTGOMERY TWP. COMMITTEE TO MEET TONIGHT August 6th

Televised Meeting – Instructions to View / Comment

In order to offer the public more opportunities for participation, Montgomery Township is now conducting its remote televised Twp. Committee meetings as Live Zoom Webinars.

The next meeting of the Montgomery Twp. Committee will be tongiht, Thurs., Aug. 6 at 7 PM. View Live or Rebroadcast Here or watch on Comcast Channel 29.

You may join the webinar by computer (link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82977248796?pwd=b0g5d2h6bG0vUWViTGNuYmpRUkxDUT09 Passcode: 883843) or by telephone dial +1 301 715 8592  & enter webinar ID: 829 7724 8796. Note: Those wishing to participate in Zoom video call must first open an account at Zoom.us. Participants may comment by typing under the Q&A section in Zoom.

Alternately, you may comment via email in advance/during the meeting at: publiccomment@twp.montgomery.nj.us or via telephone during meeting by dialing: +1 646 558 8656, enter code: 849 1870 4794.  You will communicate with the Township Clerk who will convey your comment / question to elected officials during the public comment period of the meeting.


 

MONTGOMERY TOGETHER VIRTUAL MAIN STREET VIDEO:

THE CODER SCHOOL to hold Grand Opening Aug. 10

Today on Virtual Main Street we feature The Coder School, located in The Grove Shopping Center at the corner of Rt. 206 and Belle Mead-Griggstown Road.  This brand new kids coding school and new Montgomery business has been virtual since late June but will host its Grand Opening to the community on August 8th 10-1pm. The school – which aims to show the next generation of kids how inspiring and exciting technology can be – has a motto: “Learn to code. Change the world.” This Silicon Valley-based after-school coding program offers many ways to keep kids engaged. Watch video at :

https://montgomerytogether.us/virtual-main-street-2/#close

 


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

 

Note: There have been zero (0) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Monday, 8-03-20.

The Montgomery Health Dept. is monitoring travelers from out-of-state ‘hot spots’ for self-quarantine.

As of 9 am 8/05

NJ cases: 183,327
NJ deaths: 15,842
Somerset County cases: 5,202
Somerset County deaths: 561
Montgomery cases:  136
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

13        <20
18        20-29
19        30-39
22        40-49
26        50-59
19        60-69
5        70-79
20        80+

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

– 126 presumed recovered a

–     9 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/

8-03: Storm on Way: Be Prepared, Gathering Safely, Emergency Rental Assistance, Case Report

Police Advisory: Tropical Storm Warning until 8 PM Tues., Aug. 4, Preparation Info

The Montgomery Township Police Department and Montgomery Township Office of Emergency Management are monitoring Tropical Storm Isaias. Forecast impacts to New Jersey including heavy rain, flooding, and strong winds are possible from late Monday into Wednesday.  We are coordinating with local and state agencies to provide an appropriate response to the adverse conditions we anticipate.

Given the presence of COVID-19, we strongly encourage everyone to review and update their personal preparedness plans and kits.  Those in areas prone to flooding or unable to shelter in place during times of power disruption should make every effort to secure personal arrangements including staying with family or friends, or hotel accommodations.  Turning to a shelter this hurricane season should be an absolute last resort due to the presence of COVID-19 illness in the community and throughout the Country.  Additionally, many government agencies have visitor restrictions in place for their buildings, or limitations imposed to ensure social distancing.  Facilities traditionally used as locations in which the public could charge phones or access computers for information may not be made available.  Family members and neighbors should be prepared to maintain contact with the elderly and those in vulnerable populations.

Personal preparedness kits should be updated to include face masks or face coverings, soap and/or hand sanitizer, and various disinfecting supplies.  For more information about preparing visit:

https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes
https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/covid-19/disasters_severe_weather_and_covid-19.html
http://ready.nj.gov/

If you encounter flooded roadways, remember to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”.  Never enter flood waters and comply with any and all road closures you may encounter. Do not drive around or move road closed signs or cones. Remember, roads are closed only when necessary, and for your safety.

Avoid downed trees and power lines.

If utilizing a portable generator in the event of a power outage, please ensure that the generator is outside of your residence/ garage and away from doors and windows to decrease the possibility of carbon monoxide collecting in your home and causing illness or death.

Vulnerable populations can register for assistance through the New Jersey Special Needs registry, “Register Ready” by visiting www.registerready.nj.gov.

For the latest forecast information visit www.hurricanes.gov for updated information.



Family Gatherings and Upcoming Festivals
A Message from the Montgomery Twp. Health Dept.

The month of August features holidays and special events for many in our community. Traditionally, holidays entail visiting close friends, family, and neighbors and exchanging sweets and offerings.  The Montgomery Township Health Department in partnership with the Somerset County Health Officers Association has issued guidelines for safe gatherings, congregate prayers, and festivals amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It is hard not being able to visit the homes of your family members or have dinner together. However, celebrations and parties are some of the riskiest activities for the spread of coronavirus, especially when held indoors, or when masking and physical distancing measures are not observed.

According to Montgomery Township Deputy Health Officer Devangi Patel “we are hearing reports of people hosting large prayer services and other events at their house and inviting groups of people over without taking the proper precautions. If you are hosting a prayer service — or any gathering — and are inviting people to your home, please consider their safety as well as your own. Here are some guidelines to help you celebrate safely while keeping your loved ones healthy and safe:

  1. We request that celebrations are kept to a minimum and that if you are hosting, please inform your guests to mask, practice physical distancing, wash hands often and to stay home if sick
  2. If hosting, avoid self-serve buffet style food, or designate key people as servers to reduce risk of contamination
  3. Please consider virtual or outdoor gatherings and avoid sharing objects, especially unwrapped, unpackaged sweets.
  4. Please consider performing small prayer services in your own home and consider virtual, or outdoor gatherings and avoid sharing objects and unwrapped, unpackaged sweets.

All New Jersey residents are encouraged to practice physical distancing (stay 6 feet from one another), wash hands often, wear face coverings when in public (both indoors and outdoors in public spaces) and stay home (if sick)

For questions about COVID-19, call:

  • 1-800-962-1253: For health-related and clinical issues, such as when to seek medical attention and proper steps to take if exposed
  • 211: For information about how to stay safe, financial assistance, unemployment, donations, food, and other non-medical needs

Residents who observe Executive Order violations and wish to report them should complete the online form at covid19.nj.gov/forms/violation. Please note that Governor Murphy today announced a reduction to 25 maximum allowed persons at indoor gatherings, down from 50. The above precautions apply to any gathering, public or private, and for any purpose.


 

Emergency Rental Relief (ERR) Program Launched by County

Somerset County is launching its Community Development Block Grant-CV Emergency Rental Relief (CDBG-CV ERR) Program.  This program can provide up to 3 months’ rent or $3000, whichever is less, for payment toward rent that is owed.  In order to qualify, applicants must be able to document a COVID-related financial loss and prove that their rent payments were current as of March 2020.

For further info, flier, and link to application materials, go to:

https://montgomerytogether.us/cdbg-cv-emergency-rental-relief-err-program/


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There have been two (2) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Wednesday, 7-29-20.

The Montgomery Health Dept. is monitoring travelers from out-of-state ‘hot spots’ for self-quarantine.

As of 9 am today, 8/03

NJ cases: 182,614
NJ deaths: 15,846
Somerset County cases: 5,195
Somerset County deaths: 555
Montgomery cases:  136
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

13        <20
18        20-29
19        30-39
22        40-49
26        50-59
19        60-69
5        70-79
20        80+

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

– 126 presumed recovered a

–     9 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/

7-29: Contact Tracing, Flags for Heroes ‘20, Outdoor Movie Nights, Virtual Butterfly Fest Sat., Case Report

CONTACT TRACING PREVENTS VIRUS TRANSMISSION
Answer the call to slow the spread

The New Jersey Dept. of Health is reporting that the overall transmission rate of covid-19 has increased above 1.0 again. This means that on average, each infected person is infecting more than 1 other person before recovering from the disease. The State currently has travel advisories for 36 other states and districts/territories where COVID-19 is on the rise. How do we keep the virus contained locally?

Montgomery Township Health Department is working hard to slow the spread of COVID-19. But we can’t succeed without everyone’s cooperation.

A few minutes of your time can save the lives of those around you.

In addition to social distancing, self-quarantining when sick, and wearing a mask, one of the best tools we have is contact tracing.

If you have been exposed and you live in Montgomery Township, the Montgomery Health Dept. will be informed by your healthcare provider/testing lab. We will call you and ask you to self-quarantine at home based on when you were exposed. Please help us slow transmission by answering the call to slow the spread.

We are finding recently that some case reports are being received late enough that most of the quarantine period has past.  Prompt self-quarantine and prompt notification of probable cases allows the Health Department to start tracing ASAP to prevent related exposures before they can happen.

Be part of the solution. Self-quarantine when ill.  Answer calls from the Montgomery Health Department.  Call our COVID-19 hotline at 908-533-9319 with any questions. Thank you!

 


FLAGS FOR HEROES
Rotary Club Sept. 1-13

Flags for Heroes is designed to honor and recognize the many heroes in our lives and to lift the spirits of those who pass by or visit.  This could be a family member, teacher, veteran, first responder, healthcare or essential worker.

Sponsoring a flag in your hero’s name during Flags for Heroes is an opportunity to recognize the importance of others’ selfless contributions and to be thankful for the impact they have made. Heroes are everywhere around us including family members, teachers, healthcare workers, veterans, grocery store workers, first responders, delivery drivers, postal workers, mom & pop restauranteurs, caregivers, and so many more! Honor Your Hero!  More at www.montgomeryrotary.org or in flier below:


 

OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHTS @ LIBRARIES & SOMERSET PATRIOTS

Somerset County Library System has announced two outdoor movie nights to be held on library lawns in August, with social distancing restrictions.  Please first read important details in their press release HERE.  Movies, dates, times, and locations are as follows:

Outdoor Family Movie Night: “Toy Story 4” 

Outdoor Family Movie Night: “Frozen II”

The Somerset Patriots team is also hosting several movie nights on their ball field in Somerset, including tonight (Spies in Disguise), tomorrow night (The Princess Bride), and August 6th (Ice Age).  There is a charge per person and masks are required.  Bring blankets and chairs, the field will be set up for social distancing. More info and ticket purchase at: https://somersetpatriots.com/schedule/summermovies/

These and other area events which may be of interest to Montgomery residents are found on the Montgomery Twp. website’s community calendar at: https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/calendars/comcalendar/


WATERSHED BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL SATURDAY AUG. 1
(Virtual & Free!)

Get your wings out for the 20th annual Watershed Butterfly Festival! Every year The Watershed Institute of Pennington celebrates this day of family fun to share the joys and wonders of nature. Sadly, they cannot hold the festival in person this year but are bringing the event to you virtually instead. Join them on Aug. 1 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. for this free online event (and don’t forget to wear a butterfly costume!)

You will be treated to a live tour of the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House with Education Director Jeff Hoagland, storytelling, live music and sing-alongs, a special appearance by Lady Monarch Miss Allison, and a showcase of Butterfly Chalk art and photos of some of their biggest fans in their butterfly finery.

Any proceeds from this event help sustain work in environmental conservation, advocacy, science, and education. The Watershed Institute is a member-supported non-profit dedicated to protecting and restoring clean water and healthy environments in central New Jersey.

Follow link below for more info and to find the link to participate Saturday (Note: To participate, you must first open a free account at Zoom.us ):

https://thewatershed.org/butterfly-festival/

Learn about other area non-profit virtual events and children’s activities, as well as community-building initiatives at MontgomeryTogether.us


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There have been two (2) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Mon., 7-27-20 (spread across the age ranges).

The Montgomery Health Dept. is monitoring travelers from out-of-state ‘hot spots’ for self-quarantine.

As of 9 am today, 7/29

NJ cases: 180,766
NJ deaths: 15,798
Somerset County cases: 5,163
Somerset County deaths: 553
Montgomery cases:  134
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

13        <20
16        20-29
19        30-39
22        40-49
26        50-59
19        60-69
5        70-79
20        80+

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

– 123 presumed recovered a
–   10 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/

7-27-20: Interns Available to help Businesses, Hand Sanitizer Warning List, Drive-Through Testing July 30, Case Report

Counties Will Pay Young Adults to Work for Your Business with $100K Fund

Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board Will Support Businesses Hiring Interns in Somerset & Hunterdon Counties

The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board (GRWDB) is connecting young adults looking to enter the world of work with companies in need of part-time remote workers, and the GRWDB is paying the salaries. The organization, which supports employers and workers in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties, has identified 30 talented young people available for part-time remote paid internships from late July through Oct. 31, 2020, for local businesses.

The GRWDB received $105,600 in state grant funding for the summer youth program, which includes stipends for 40 youth from the two counties to work over the course of an eight-week period between the end of July and Oct. 31. In the program, each participant, who must be between the ages of 16 and 24 and can be in school or out of school, will work 25 hours per week, including four hours per week in work-readiness training.

The first cohort in this new program is beginning at the end of July. The application process for employers has been extended in an effort by the GRWDB to find more positions for participating youth intern candidates. Grant funding will cover the stipend for each intern.

For the GRWDB Summer Youth Employment Program, any employer in Hunterdon and Somerset counties with available remote part-time positions can apply. There can be some limited outdoor employment opportunities and on-site job offerings that abide by CDC guidelines, but these do not have to be included in an employer’s application.

Employers can find a link to the application on the home page of www.thegrwdb.org and on the Purchasing tab of Somerset County’s website. RFA responses are due by Thursday, Aug. 13. Interns for the second cohort are expected to start the following week.

For additional information, visit www.thegrwdb.org or contact GRWDB Job Developer Jeanne Cassano at jcassano@co.somerset,nj.us or at 908-541-5785.

Questions? Contact GRWDB Board Director Paul Grzella at grzella@co.somerset.nj.us, or 908-203-6044.

 

 

 


 

Warning on Hand Sanitizer Products with Methanol

The Somerset County Office of Emergency Management has shared an important warning. The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested. The agency is aware of adults and children ingesting hand sanitizer products contaminated with methanol that has led to recent adverse events including blindness, hospitalizations and death.

If you have recently purchased hand sanitizer, please see the link below for information including a list of products under suspicion.  (Note: Some local stores have been carrying hand sanitizer products made by Blumen, a manufacturer which is on the above/below linked list.)

https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitizers-methanol

 

 


 

Next COVID-19 Drive-thru Testing Date July 30

Residents Do Not Need a Prescription

 

Somerset County is continuing to offer drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Raritan Valley Community College, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 30.

Testing, which is free of charge, is open to Somerset County residents, age five (5) and older, by appointment only. A physician’s prescription is not required. Residents do need to bring a valid form of identification.

Appointments for July 30 must be scheduled online at https://somerset-hunterdon.adlabscovidtest.com.  Residents who do not have computer access, or who would like to schedule an appointment for children age five to 18 years old, can call the COVID-19 testing information line at 908-203-6014, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., not including holidays.

For the safety, health and security of staff and volunteers, patients must arrive by car. The drive-thru test site will not allow entry if residents do not arrive in a vehicle, even if they have a valid ID.  Anyone who does not have an appointment will be turned away.

When coming to the testing center, residents are asked to use the main entrance to the college campus, off of Route 28.

Information about other area test sites can be found at https://bit.ly/AreaSites20 or https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/testing.

For more information, visit  www.co.somerset.nj.us/covid19status for updates or contact the Somerset County Department of Health at coronavirus@co.somerset.nj.us


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There have been four (4) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Fri., 7-24-20 (spread across the age ranges).

The Montgomery Health Dept. is monitoring travelers from out-of-state ‘hot spots’ for self-quarantine.

As of 9 am today, 7/27

NJ cases: 179,812
NJ deaths: 15,804
Somerset County cases: 5,139
Somerset County deaths: 557
Montgomery cases:  132
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

13           <20
14           20-29
19           30-39
22           40-49
26           50-59
19           60-69
5           70-79
20           80+

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

– 118 presumed recovered a

–   13 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/

Next COVID-19 Drive-thru Testing Date July 30

Residents Do Not Need a Prescription

Somerset County is continuing to offer drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Raritan Valley Community College will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 30.

Testing, which is free of charge, is open to Somerset County residents, age five (5) and older, by appointment only. A physician’s prescription is not required. Residents do need to bring a valid form of identification.

Appointments for July 30 must be scheduled online at https://somerset-hunterdon.adlabscovidtest.com.  Residents who do not have computer access, or who would like to schedule an appointment for children age five to 18 years old, can call the COVID-19 testing information line at 908-203-6014, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., not including holidays.

For the safety, health and security of staff and volunteers, patients must arrive by car. The drive-thru test site will not allow entry if residents do not arrive in a vehicle, even if they have a valid ID.  Anyone who does not have an appointment will be turned away.

When coming to the testing center, residents are asked to use the main entrance to the college campus, off of Route 28.

Information about other area test sites can be found at https://bit.ly/AreaSites20 or https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/testing.

For more information, visit  www.co.somerset.nj.us/covid19status for updates. or contact the Somerset County Department of Health at coronavirus@co.somerset.nj.us.

To stay up to date with Somerset County events and information, sign up for free email alerts at www.co.somerset.nj.us/subscribe or follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

7-24-20: Tax Bills Delayed, SAVE, Biz Video Highlights, Census, Case Report

Third Quarter Tax Bills Delayed

Please be advised, due to the delay in receiving certified tax rates from Somerset County, the mailing of the 2020 Final Property Tax Bills has been delayed.  Ample notice will be given to all residents regarding a new due date.  Please contact my office if you have any questions at (908) 359-8211 or mpitts@twp.montgomery.nj.us.

Michael W. Pitts Jr., CPA, CMFO, CTC, QPA
Chief Finance Officer  / Assistant Township Administrator / Tax Collector


 

Dog Days of Summer at SAVE Shelter

We are fortunate in Montgomery to have a well-run private animal rescue shelter. SAVE – A Friend to Homeless Animals – has been rescuing and sheltering abandoned, abused, and homeless dogs and cats in the greater Princeton area since 1941. They provide life-saving medical treatment, food, enrichment and love to hundreds of animals every year.

Please consider the many benefits of adopting a cat or dog from SAVE. You can save the life of a homeless animal and enrich your life as well. By welcoming a homeless pet into your family, you will experience the special reward of saving a shelter animal and gain the unconditional love of a new forever friend.

The shelter, located at 1010 Route 601, Skillman NJ 08558, is currently open by appointment.  They welcome visitors to meet animals currently available for adoption or to volunteer.

SAVE is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) animal shelter and does not receive funding at the local, state or federal levels.  Please tour our website and visit SAVE to learn more about the many ways you can support the shelter and help homeless animals.

SAVE is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) animal shelter and does not receive funding at the local, state or federal levels.  Please tour their website at https://savehomelessanimals.org/ and visit SAVE to learn more about the many ways you can support the shelter and help homeless animals.

 


 

Visit a Beautiful Farm or a Sushi Chef
MONTGOMERY’S VIRTUAL MAIN STREET

There are now quite a few businesses who have posted videos on MontgomeryTogether.us’ Virtual Main Street.  Take a look!  Today highlights Hidden Spring Lavender Farm, which has shared a very soothing video, and YaYa Noodles, whose social distancing technique for take-out can’t be beat!

In the videos, our local businesses showcase their products and services, as well as describing the steps they’ve implemented to protect customer safety during covid-19.

If you are a local business, and would like to send us your 30 second to 1 minute video (or need some help in developing same), email to MontgomeryTogether@montgomery.nj.us .


FAITH COMMUNITIES CENSUS WEEKEND

July 24-26 is Faith Communities Census Weekend of Action! Spread the word and make sure to fill out your census form. #FillitOut TODAY at http://2020CENSUS.GOV or call 844-330-2020 or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).

#NJCensus2020 #StrengthinNumbers #NJGOTC


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There has been one (1) new case in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Wed., 7-24-20.

The Montgomery Health Dept. is monitoring travelers from out-of-state ‘hot spots’ for self-quarantine.

As of 9 am today, 7/24

NJ cases: 178,345
NJ deaths: 15,785
Somerset County cases: 5,106
Somerset County deaths: 553
Montgomery cases:  128
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

12           <20
14           20-29
19           30-39
21           40-49
25           50-59
19           60-69
5           70-79
19           80+

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

– 114 presumed recovered a

–   13 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/

7-22-20: Travel List, Don’t Share Your Air, Workshops, Case Report

Travel Advisory List Expands to 31 States

Ten New States Added

To save lives and prevent the spread of COVID-19, New Jersey has issued an incoming travel advisory that all individuals entering New Jersey from states with a significant spread of COVID-19 should quarantine for 14-days after leaving that state. This includes travel by train, bus, car, plane and any other method of transportation. See related Twp. article on Air Travel & Contact Tracing.

As of Wednesday, July 22, there are currently 31 states that meet the criteria stated above:

Alabama (added 6/24/20), Alaska (7/21/20), Arkansas (6/24/20), Arizona (6/24/20), California (6/30/20), Delaware (re-added 7/21/20), Florida (6/24/20), Georgia (6/30/20), Iowa (6/30/20), Idaho (6/30/20), Indiana (7/21/20), Kansas (7/7/20), Louisiana (6/30/20), Maryland (7/21/20), Mississippi (6/30/20), Missouri (7/21/20), Montana (7/21/20), Nebraska (7/21/20), Nevada (6/30/20), New Mexico (7/14/20), North Carolina (6/24/20), North Dakota (7/21/20), Ohio (added 7/14/20), Oklahoma (7/7/20), South Carolina (6/24/20), Tennessee (6/30/20), Texas (6/24/20), Utah (6/24/20), Virginia (7/21/20), Washington (7/21/20), Wisconsin (7/14/20)

Note: Minnesota was removed from the list on 7/21/20

This list is regularly updated on the NJ COVID-19 Information Hub.


The Bottom Line: Don’t Share Your Air

Lucy Jones is a trusted voice in emergency communications. As a renowned seismologist of over three decades, she has drilled into the minds of the California public one key earthquake response. If you do nothing else, she taught, follow these basics steps: “Drop! Cover! Hold On!”

She has a similarly clear message on the coronavirus — one that we should all be listening to now as we confront a disease that we know people can carry and spread without showing any symptoms at all:

“Don’t share your air,” she says. “Wear a mask around others. Maintain distance. Simple as that.”

“… Most people are getting covid-19 from breathing in the air of an infectious person. If you can’t protect yourself from everybody else’s air, what you can do is keep your air from getting out to others,” the scientist added during an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

Here’s how that works: There are these tiny, tiny droplets that are carrying the virus … Putting a mask on your face, think of how it fogs up your glasses. That’s the moisture carrying the virus getting caught and not going out to infect someone else.

Caught in the masks the droplets also condense and thus grow heavier and drop more quickly — and thus more safely — out of the air.

It’s also worth noting that it’s easier not to share your air outside. She notes that the states that got hit hardest first were “cold places” where you mostly had to stay inside in those early months. And some of the states being hit hardest now are hot places, where people are now retreating indoors from the heat.

Given all that, if you have to focus on one key, make-or-break message, the one that can make the most impact is: Don’t share your air.

Lucy Jones ended with one final thought:

“What’s at the heart of the message about the importance of wearing masks is that it’s not about our individual needs but about our collective safety, that it requires a willingness to ‘put our common good in front of our personal discomfort’.”

Don’t share your air.  Wear a mask.  Keep your distance.

Excerpted from: “Who doesn’t trust Lucy Jones in a crisis? Here’s what she has to say about the coronavirus pandemic,Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times, June 27, 2020.


SATURDAY 7-25 WORKSHOPS ARE FULL

Please note that two remote workshops sponsored by Montgomery Township, both scheduled for July 25th, are now full and cannot take further registrants.  These are:  “Understanding and Combating Racism — Causes, Consequences, and Antidotes” with Dr. Sandra Donnay, and “Build Your Own Rainbarrel Workshop” with Erin Landis of The Watershed.  Due to popular interest we will plan to repeat these events in the future.


TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There have been zero (0) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Mon., 7-20-20.  One case was removed due to a change in jurisdiction, reducing the count.

The Montgomery Health Dept. is monitoring travelers from out-of-state ‘hot spots’ for self-quarantine.

As of 9 am today, 7/22

NJ cases: 177,645
NJ deaths: 15,707
Somerset County cases: 5,082
Somerset County deaths: 550
Montgomery cases:  127
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

12           <20
14           20-29
19           30-39
21           40-49
24           50-59
19           60-69
5           70-79
19           80+

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

– 114 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/