4-9: 12 New Cases; A 7-Week Peak for Weekly Cases; Montgomery Introduces 2021 Budget; 150 Holiday Hams Donated; Vaccine Eligibility Expands; County Opens New Vaccine Site; Financial Relief; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been twelve (12) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 4-7-21. Detailed case data are available at the end of this ebulletin.


WEEKLY CASES REACH 7-WEEK HIGH

Weekly COVID-19 cases reached their highest level in seven weeks for Montgomery and Rocky Hill, with 46 new cases for the week ending today, April 9. That is the highest number since the Montgomery Health Department reported 63 cases for the seven days ending February 19th.

About half of the new cases in April are among adults in their 20s and 30s, a pattern of new infections that is evident across the country.  But new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill have slowed among youth under age 20, and there has been only one new infection this month in an adult 70 or older.

“We are seeing lots of evidence that the vaccines are working among our older population, which is good news for everybody,” said Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey. “I can’t stress enough how important it is for young adults to continue social distancing and wearing masks until it is their turn to be vaccinated.”


TOWNSHIP INTRODUCES 2021 BUDGET

Montgomery Township Chief Financial Officer Michael Pitts last Thursday introduced a $28.2 million municipal budget for the fiscal year 2021, down from $28.4 million last year.  The formal introduction to the Township Committee will be followed by a public hearing on May 6th.

The impact of the COVID-19 impact was evident in the budget, with spending rising 22% for the health department and declining 55% for recreation, since many programs have been canceled. The budget does not factor in the $2.27 million in Federal COVID relief funds earmarked for Montgomery Township since New Jersey has not yet provided guidance on how those funds can be used.

The municipal property tax rate is proposed to increase 1.09% or by $23 per year on the median assessed home, the smallest increase in at least ten years, according to Mr. Pitts.  For more information, watch Mr. Pitts’ presentation to the Township Committee.  Write to mpitts@twp.montgomery.nj.us with questions.


150 Holiday Hams Donated in Montgomery

The Montgomery Food Pantry and ShopRite of Montgomery collaborated on a program that generated about 150 donated hams for local food-insecure families during the spring holidays. ShopRite enabled residents who didn’t plan to redeem the holiday ham they had earned through the frequent shopping program to donate them through the Food Pantry.

Some of the families received their hams as well as ShopRite gift cards to purchase side dishes and dessert. Other families picked up their hams at the Princeton Elks who also donated fresh string beans, red potatoes, dinner rolls, eggs, milk, butter and a dessert of fresh fruit, pound cake, and whipped cream.

The Montgomery Food Pantry thanks the many residents who donated their hams, as well as the staff and ShopRite store manager, Nicole O’Day, for help in organizing and coordinating the donations.


 

ALL ADULTS ELIGIBLE FOR VACCINE APRIL 19TH

Starting this week, all adults in New Jersey 55 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccines. Starting April 19, all adults ages 16 and older will be eligible.

New Jersey is relaxing travel rules are relaxing for people who are fully vaccinated.  Governor Phil Murphy said, “New Jersey is no longer advising fully vaccinated individuals who travel domestically to self-quarantine after their trip or to get tested before or after travel. The federal requirement for testing upon return to the United States following international air travel stands.”

Important: Fully vaccinated means two weeks after the second Pfizer or Moderna shot, or 2 weeks after the single J&J shot.

To get vaccinated, all residents must sign up on the state website, covidvaccine.nj.gov, so you can be notified when you become eligible. You can also call the New Jersey Call Center Vaccination Support Number between 8 AM and 8 PM:  855-568-0545.

Those who are eligible may also sign up for hospital-based, public, and private sites offering vaccination, such as CVS, and the several New Jersey “Mega Sites.”  There is a new Vaccine Finder website that may be useful, particularly for local pharmacies: https://vaccinefinder.org/search/.


COUNTY OPENS SECOND VACCINE SITE

Somerset County has opened a new drive-up vaccination site in Franklin Township to supplement Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg. Located at Rutgers Plaza, the former location of a K-Mart on Easton Avenue, the “pop-up” clinic will offer the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

As with the RVCC vaccination clinic, the Rutgers Plaza clinic’s appointments will be scheduled through the state system at http://www.covidvaccine.nj.gov/.  Registering does not create an appointment, but only registers you to be notified of when you are eligible to make a Covid-19 vaccination appointment. Once you qualify, you will receive a second email from the state with a link to schedule an appointment at one of the sites on the list, including RVCC and Rutgers Plaza.


 

FINANCIAL RELIEF AVAILABLE

Relief programs are available to people impacted financially by the pandemic.

  • Somerset County has established a rent relief program using Federal grant monies for county residents, including in Montgomery, who have suffered COVID-related income loss, subject to income limitations. Additional information, and an easy-to-use online application are available.
  • Funeral expense relief is available via the Federal Emergency Management Agency for people who have had to pay funeral expenses for a family member lost to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Funeral relief information is available online.

 

COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been twelve (12) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 4-7-21.

As of 9AM today, April 9

Montgomery cases: 1164

Montgomery deaths: 23

Rocky Hill cases:  27

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

283    <20

193    20-29

124    30-39

182    40-49

175    50-59

120    60-69

40      70-79

74      80+

 

1191 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 1119 presumed recovered

– 48  currently ill

– 24 fatalities

a “Presumed recovered” means cases that have met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation. A minimum of 10 days from diagnosis, or three days after symptoms resolve, whichever is longer.

3-10: Fifteen New Cases; Thanks to COVID-19 Heroes; New CDC Guidance for Vaccinated People; Expanded Vaccination Eligibility; Free Mental Health Help; Beware of Phone Scams; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been fifteen (15) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 3-8-21. Detailed case data available at the end of this ebulletin.


THANKS TO COVID-19 HEROES

Montgomery Twp Public Health Shield

By Stephanie D. Carey
Montgomery Health Officer

Governor Murphy declared yesterday, March 9, as COVID-19 Heroes Day. I want to extend my deepest thanks to all my Public Health staff, who have been working tirelessly to bring this pandemic to an end.

Our hospital workers save the lives of the desperately ill, under tremendous strain. The job of public health workers is to keep those people from ever getting sick in the first place.  When we succeed, that, by its nature, makes us invisible, with “the silent victories of public health.”

I also want to thank our community for exceptionally high levels of cooperation with my team. When we contact your household, our goal is to help keep you and your neighbors safe and avoid hospitalizations.  Thanks to your cooperation and adherence to public health guidelines, our community has many COVID-19 heroes.


NEW CDC GUIDANCE FOR VACCINATED PEOPLE

The number of COVID-19 vaccine doses given in New Jersey continues to grow rapidly, by over half a million since the start of the month. As of yesterday, 2.6 million doses have been given, including 870,000 that are second doses.

As more Americans have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, the CDC has issued new guidance for fully vaccinated people. Full vaccination status kicks in two weeks after receiving a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, and two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Fully vaccinated people may socialize with each other in private homes without masks and social distancing.  They can also socialize with the unvaccinated members of a single household, so long as none of their household members is at increased risk of severe illness. This is the basis for allowing fully vaccinated grandparents to socialize with adult children and grandchildren.

The CDC advises that fully vaccinated people should still wear masks and socially distance when in public, or when mingling with people from more than one household.


EXPANDED ELIGIBILITY FOR VACCINES

In addition to everyone 65 and older and adults with underlying conditions, eligibility for vaccines has expanded to include Pre-K through 12th grade educators and childcare workers in licensed and registered settings are now eligible for the vaccine. Click here for more information about vaccine eligibility.

The State’s vaccine call center is pro-actively reaching out to people aged 75 and older who are registered to receive the vaccine to provide assistance with scheduling an appointment. Click here for more information on efforts to expand vaccine capacity and access.

To get vaccinated, all residents must sign up on the state website, covidvaccine.nj.gov, so you can be notified when you become eligible. You can also call the New Jersey Call Center Vaccination Support Number between 8 AM and 8 PM:  855-568-0545.

Those who are eligible may also sign up for hospital-based, public, and private sites offering vaccination, such as CVS, and the several New Jersey “Mega Sites.”  There is a new Vaccine Finder website that may be useful, particularly for local pharmacies: https://vaccinefinder.org/search/.

Montgomery Township is keeping a limited list of vulnerable, elderly residents lacking internet access or transportation, to help them get access to vaccine.  If you have no internet access, nor transportation, call 908-359-8211 x2400. If you have a neighbor meeting this definition, consider bringing this phone number to his or her attention.


COUNTY OFFERING FREE MENTAL HEALTH HELP

If you or your family are experiencing feelings of isolation, fear, confusion, anxiety, or stress, Somerset County is offering free counseling through the new Somerset County Hope and Healing Crisis Counseling Program (CCP). The CCP  is funded through a FEMA/SAMHSA grant in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All support provided through this program is confidential, anonymous, and free. For more information, visit the Somerset County website or call the support hotline at 908-231-6414.


 BEWARE OF TELPHONE SCAMS

Montgomery Police received a report from a local business that a person purporting to be from their utility company attempted to solicit payment for their utility bill over the telephone.  The caller provided specific information regarding the employee’s business and requested payment for an outstanding utility bill in the form of gift cards.  Fortunately, the employee realized their account was in good standing and this was a scam.

Below are some red flags for businesses and households to look out for:

  • You receive a call from what looks like your utility provider on your caller ID.
  • The caller threatens to shut off your service and demands an immediate payment by cash, pre-paid card, wire transfer or Bitcoin.
  • The caller informs you that you require a new meter and demands a deposit before the installation can occur.
  • You’re given a phone number to call back that, when called, may sound similar to your utility provider’s automated call system.
  • The caller alerts you that, because of your good bill-paying history, you’re eligible for a bill reduction or discount but you must provide information first.

As another reminder, utility providers do not accept payment via prepaid gift cards, wire transfers or cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin.


COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been fifteen (15) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 3-8-21.

As of 9AM today, March 10:

Montgomery cases: 1013

Montgomery deaths: 21

Rocky Hill cases:  25

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

254    <20

164    20-29

94      30-39

159    40-49

155    50-59

101    60-69

39      70-79

72      80+

1038 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 956 presumed recovered

–  63 currently ill

–  22 fatalities

 

a “Presumed recovered” means cases that have met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation. A minimum of 10 days from diagnosis, or three days after symptoms resolve, whichever is longer.

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/

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/

3-08: Eleven New Cases; Get Ready for Happier Days with Monty Recreation; Expanded Vaccination Eligibility; Free Mental Health Help; “Shop Montgomery Week” Underway; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been eleven (11) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 3-5-21. Detailed case data available at the end of this ebulletin.


GET READY FOR BRIGHTER DAYS WITH MONTY REC!

By Karen Zimmerman
Montgomery Recreation Director

The Recreation Department is getting ready for sunnier days this spring and summer with programs for adults and children. We know most residents are experiencing the worst case of “cabin fever” of their lives and will be excited to get exercise and reconnect with friends and neighbors as we gradually emerge from the worst of the COVID-19 crisis.

Our spring program has been posted online and will be arriving this week in your mailboxes.  Registration starts on Monday March 15th, so check out our offerings now! Some of the programs we’re most excited about:

  • “Move U,” a new introductory exercise class for adults held at Montgomery Park
  • Speed and Agility training for grades 7th and up at OKCC
  • “Soccer Squirts” for ages 3 to 7
  • Tennis at UMS for grades K-8

We will also offer virtual classes in the spring including cooking, coding, piano, and chess.

Summer promises to be even better as we plan to bring back all your favorite camps including Fal-Rooney, Grundy Hoops, Let’s Put on a Musical and, of course our longest running (and most loved) Rec n Crew!

We are closely monitoring state and local COVID guidelines, and we will have an updated Summer Camp Guide online in mid-April, with sign-ups starting May 3. If you would like to have our summer guide emailed to you and keep up to date with all things “Rec”, please email us at recreation@twp.montgomery.nj.us, and we will add you to our list. If you have questions about any of our camps or programs, please call us at 609-466-3023.

Sunnier days ahead!


UPDATE ON EXPANDED ELIGIBLIITY FOR VACCINATIONS

In addition to everyone 65 and older and adults with underlying conditions, eligibility for vaccines has expanded to include Pre-K through 12th grade educators and childcare workers in licensed and registered settings are now eligible for the vaccine.

Beginning March 15th, additional categories of people will be eligible to book appointments for the vaccine, including transportation workers, migrant farm workers, members of tribal communities, individuals experiencing homelessness or living in shelters, and more. Click here for more information about vaccine eligibility.

The State’s vaccine call center is pro-actively reaching out to people aged 75 and older who are registered to receive the vaccine to provide assistance with scheduling an appointment. Click here for more information on efforts to expand vaccine capacity and access.

To get vaccinated, all residents must sign up on the state website, covidvaccine.nj.gov, so you can be notified when you become eligible. You can also call the New Jersey Call Center Vaccination Support Number between 8 AM and 8 PM:  855-568-0545.

Those who are eligible may also sign up for hospital-based, public, and private sites offering vaccination, such as CVS, and the several New Jersey “Mega Sites.”  There is a new Vaccine Finder website that may be useful, particularly for local pharmacies: https://vaccinefinder.org/search/.

You can also use social media to help get an appointment. Join the New Jersey Covid Vaccine Info Facebook group. The 61,000-member group gives New Jerseyans the opportunity to share up-to-date information on vaccine availability.

Follow VaxxUpdates on Twitter. The page helps Garden State residents secure vaccine appointments with instant updates on availability.

Montgomery Township is keeping a limited list of vulnerable, elderly residents lacking internet access or transportation, to help them get access to vaccine.  If you have no internet access, nor transportation, call 908-359-8211 x2400. If you have a neighbor meeting this definition, consider bringing this phone number to his or her attention.


COUNTY OFFERING FREE MENTAL HEALTH HELP

If you or your family are experiencing feelings of isolation, fear, confusion, anxiety, or stress, Somerse

t County is offering free counseling through the new Somerset County Hope and Healing Crisis Counseling Program (CCP). The CCP  is funded through a FEMA/SAMHSA grant in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All support provided through this program is confidential, anonymous, and free. For more information, visit the Somerset County website or call the support hotline at 908-231-6414.


 “SHOP MONTGOMERY WEEK” THIS WEEK!

The Montgomery Business Association is holding its first “shop local” week with a prize for posting a “selfie” photo that promotes a favorite local business. To qualify, use the hashtag #shopmontgomeryweeknj when posting a photo on social media. The photo earning the most engagement on social media each week will win $100. The first week of the promotion runs March 7th through 13th.

The initiative will be run the second week of each month.


COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been eleven (11) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 3-5-21.

As of 9AM today, March 8:

Montgomery cases: 998

Montgomery deaths: 21

Rocky Hill cases:  23

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

250   <20

160   20-29

92     30-39

158   40-49

153   50-59

100   60-69

36     70-79

72     80+

1021 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 949 presumed recovered a

–  50   currently ill

–  22 fatalities

 

a “Presumed recovered” means cases that have met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation. A minimum of 10 days from diagnosis, or three days after symptoms resolve, whichever is longer.

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/

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/

Indoor Capacity Limits to Rise in NJ from 25 Percent to 35 Percent for Certain Businesses 

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Raising Indoor Capacity Limits from 25 Percent to 35 Percent for Certain Businesses

Executive Order Also Ends Statewide 10 p.m. Curfew for In-Person Indoor Restaurant Service, and Adjusts Gathering Limits for Religious and Political Activities, Wedding Ceremonies, Funerals, and Memorial Services 

TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 219, which increases indoor capacity limits from 25 percent to 35 percent for several businesses, including food and beverage establishments and entertainment and recreational businesses, effective Friday, February 5 at 8:00 a.m. The Executive Order also lifts the 10:00 p.m. curfew for in-person indoor restaurant service, however local officials may continue to regulate the hours of operation of indoor restaurant service and indoor operations of other non-essential businesses after 8:00 p.m., as they have been able to since November 12. The prohibition on seating at indoor bar areas remains in effect.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, my Administration has used science, data, and facts to guide our decision-making process,” said Governor Murphy. “The downward trend of COVID-19 cases in our hospitals, coupled with the state’s decreasing rate of transmission, allows us to confidently expand our indoor capacity limits without leading to undue further stress on our health care systems. I am incredibly grateful to the millions of New Jerseyans who have been vigilant in practicing social distancing and wearing face coverings, and I urge everyone to continue their efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

The Executive Order increases the following indoor capacity limits from 25 percent to 35 percent:

  1. Food or beverage establishments, including restaurants, cafeterias, private non-profit clubs, and food courts, with or without a liquor license, and bars;
  2. Entertainment and recreational businesses, including casinos and gyms; and
  3. Personal care services, including barber shops and nail salons.

The Order will also rescind the previous statewide requirement that food and beverage establishments close their indoor areas to in-person service between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. each day.  Casinos and any other retail, recreational, or entertainment business open to the public may also resume indoor food and beverage service during those hours.

Municipalities and counties will still be permitted to impose hours of operation restrictions on non-essential businesses between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. each day. This includes restrictions on dining in restaurants, although they cannot restrict takeout or delivery services. Municipalities and counties have been able to impose these hours restrictions since November 12 of last year, when Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 195.

Religious ceremonies or services, political activities, wedding ceremonies, funerals, and memorial services that are currently limited to 25 percent of the room’s capacity up to 150 people will now be limited to 35 percent of the room’s capacity up to 150 people. Performances at entertainment centers, including movie theaters and performing arts centers, and concert venues, will similarly be capped at 35 percent up to a maximum of 150 people.  Indoor meetings of addiction groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, will also be limited to 35 percent up to 150 individuals.

The Order will take effect on Friday, February 5 at 8:00 a.m.

A copy of Executive Order No. 219 can be found here.

Source: Press Office of the Governor of New Jersey

12-18: New COVID Cases at 22; Mayor’s Farewell Address; Gifts for Needy Families; Get COVID-19 App; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been twenty-two (22) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 12-16-20.


 

WEEKLY COVID CASES REMAIN ABOVE 50

For five straight weeks, Montgomery and Rocky Hill have averaged more than 50 new cases of COVID-19 per week, with 56 new cases logged over the prior 7 days. Montgomery and Rocky Hill have had more cases in the last five weeks than in the prior 38 weeks, reflecting community spread.

“As people finalize plans for Christmas next week, we urge residents to avoid travel and to avoid hosting gatherings with people beyond their immediate household,” said Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie Carey, who recently filmed a video with Mayor Sadaf Jaffer about the rise in local cases.


MAJOR JAFFER SUMS UP 2020 IN HER FINAL

TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING

Click on image above to watch Major Jaffer’s farewell address.

Speaking for the last time from the mayor’s chair, Mayor Sadaf Jaffer last night spoke hopefully about Montgomery Township’s progress on a range of issues, from responding to the COVID-19 crisis to the national reckoning on race.

Later in the meeting, the Township Committee adopted an ordinance creating an Inclusion and Equity Committee, and passed a resolution condemning a recent anti-Asian bias crime that occurred in Montgomery.

Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner read a resolution honoring Mayor Jaffer that said “We…express our deepest appreciation to the Honorable Sadaf Jaffer for her outstanding service to our community, and extend a fond farewell and warmest wishes for the future to Dr. Jaffer and her family.”

“Though it will be a bittersweet transition to no longer serve as Mayor, I look forward to continuing my engagement with the community in a different capacity,” Mayor Jaffer said. “I will always be available as a resource and I implore those who may be listening to consider getting involved in your local community. It is rewarding and it makes a difference.”

The committee presented her with a plaque that honored her for being a “ground breaker and breaking ground,” referring to the fact that Mayor Jaffer was the first Muslim woman mayor in the United States, the first South Asian women mayor in New Jersey, and presided over the start of construction of the new Montgomery Municipal Center.

During the public comment section, many residents thanked Mayor Jaffer for her leadership, as did Somerset County Freeholder Melonie Marano, community leaders including Rev. Jeff Knol, youth leaders, and the mayor’s husband, Dr. Daniel Sheffield. The entire meeting can be watched on the Twp. website’s Meetings Videos page.



HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR MONTY FAMILIES IN NEED

 

The Montgomery Township Food Pantry is seeking donations of holiday gift cards from local retailers to distribute to 50+ families who are currently relying on the pantry for food assistance.

“Our families enjoy the ability to personally select the gifts they purchase and, this year, feel more comfortable receiving gift cards rather than the gifts themselves because of COVID,” said resident Lisa Youngberg, who helps organize the annual holiday giving program for families in need, modified this year for the COVID era. “We also wanted to lend a hand to our local retailers with a ‘Shop Local’ emphasis.”

Two types of gift cards are requested in denominations of $25:

  1. Montgomery retailer gift cards, including salons, gift shops, confectioners, shoe stores, hardware, health & fitness, restaurants, etc.
  2. Nearby toy and warm clothing retailers, such as Kohl’s, Target, and Walmart.

Gift cards should be dropped off or mailed by December 22nd to the Montgomery Food Pantry, 356 Skillman Road, Skillman, NJ 08558. Email Montgomery Community Resource Manager Denise Crowley at MontyFoodPantry@gmail.com with any questions.


 

FREE MOBILE APP NOTIFIES OF COVID EXPOSURE

COVID Alert NJ is a free mobile app that anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. It uses Bluetooth technology to identify people who have been with six feet of a person who has tested positive. Learn more about how the exposure notification app helps protect you and your family while ensuring your privacy.


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been twenty-two (22) new COVID-19 cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report, Wednesday, 12-16-20.

As of 9AM today, December 18

Montgomery cases: 517

Montgomery deaths: 8

Rocky Hill cases:  15

Rocky Hill deaths: 0

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

118      <20

83      20-29

51      30-39

76      40-49

85      50-59

55      60-69

17      70-79

47      80+

 

532 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

–  473 presumed recovered a

–  51 currently ill

– 8 fatalities

 

a “Presumed recovered” means cases that have met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation. A minimum of 10 days from diagnosis, or three days after symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. This definition represents a change from earlier in the pandemic before the CDC provided a definition.

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/

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/

8-24: Storm Food Loss Claims, Flags for Heroes, MEMS Blood Drive Sept. 12, Census Response for the Future, COVID-19 Case Report

PSE&G TAKING CLAIMS FOR FOOD SPOILED IN STORM

PSE&G is expanding its claims policy due to the COVID-19 pandemic so that customers whose electrical service was interrupted by Tropical Storm Isaias for at least 72 hours can be reimbursed for spoiled food and medication. The deadline to submit a claim is September 16th.

FIND OUT MORE

 


 

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!

See their inspiring video – second item on the Community Initiatives page of :

MontgomeryTogether.us

More at Rotary’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MRHRotaryClub/ and website:  www.montgomeryrotary.org


MEMS BLOOD DRIVE SEPT. 12

Because of you, life doesn’t stop!
#VitalToLife

Donate Blood and we will let you know if you have the antibodies to help patients battling with Covid-19.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location – Montgomery EMS
8 Harlingen Road
Belle Mead, NJ 08502
Meeting Room

APPOINTMENTS ONLY:  You may make an appointment using the link:

https://donor.cbsblood.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/50749

For more information please contact: 908.359.4112 or giveblood@mems47.org

GOOGLE CALENDAR EVENT LINK

Donor Guidelines:

* All Donors are required to WEAR A CLOTH BASED MASK OR FACE COVERING*

* Weigh at least 110 lbs.

* Eat a meal before donation

* Bring ID

* Drink plenty of water before and after donation

For more information or to schedule a donation, call 877-258-4825 or visit vitalant.org

*Donors are 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


 

ENSURE A BRIGHTER FUTURE – ANSWER THE CENSUS

Did you know your response can ensure a brighter future for yourself, your family and your community? The 2020 Census is just one easy way to do that!

When you respond to the Census, you help your community gets its fair share of federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs. That funding shapes the future of EVERY community, no matter the size, location or race/faith/heritage of the people. Your community benefits the most when the Census counts EVERYONE.

Did you know our census response will impact us for 10 yrs.? More than $45 billion in annual federal funding New Jersey’s communities receive each year for programs and services.

  • Join with your friends, neighbors and their families and fill it out online at GOV or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English), 844-468-2020 (Spanish) or any of the other language numbers listed at CENSUS.NJ.GOV.
  • Don’t forget: Census takers are knocking on doors NOW across the state of households that have not yet responded. You can eliminate the need for Census takers to follow up in person by responding to the Census now – online, by phone or by mail.


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There have been three (3) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Wednesday, 8-19-20.

As of 9 am today, 8/24

NJ cases: 189,719
NJ deaths: 15,949
Somerset County cases: 5,351
Somerset County deaths: 564
Montgomery cases:  140
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 7
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

14       <20
20       20-29
19       30-39
22       40-49
27       50-59
19       60-69
6        70-79
20       80+

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

– 134 presumed recovered a

–     6 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/

 

June 1 Announcements & Covid-19 Report

Changes to Montgomery COVID-19 Communications

With the slowing of case counts and Governor Murphy’s announcement that progress against the COVID-19 crisis will permit New Jersey to move into “Stage 2” of recovery, Montgomery’s daily updates will transition to three times per week, usually Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, unless a special announcement requires a different schedule.  We will also shift the format, with case counts usually shown at the end of the report.


 

MAYOR’S 6-01 VIDEO MESSAGE

Montgomery Mayor Sadaf Jaffer provides a Covid-19 report for June 1, 2020 and discusses racism as a public health crisis.

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/01ANY_VH3wA


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

As of 9 am today, 6/01

NJ cases: 160,918
NJ deaths: 11,721
Somerset County cases: 4,595
Somerset County deaths: 419
Montgomery cases:  108
Montgomery deaths: 7
Montgomery presumed recovered: 75 a
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0
Rocky Hill presumed recovered: 6 a

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

6           <20
12           20-29
17           30-39
16           40-49
23           50-59
17           60-69
4           70-79
19           80+

Total 114  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/.

 

COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing at RVCC on May 5 and 7

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

There is still an opportunity for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents to get tested.

The COVID-19 testing site at Raritan Valley Community College, located at 118 Lamington Rd, will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, and Thursday, May 7.

Testing, which is free of charge, is available to Hunterdon and Somerset County residents, age five (5) and older. Because priority is being given to those who are exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus, residents must have a valid doctor’s prescription, ID and an appointment to receive testing.

Patients are required to provide a copy of their prescription, either by bringing it with them to the testing site, or by sending it via email in advance of the appointment.  Patients or their physicians, can send the written authorization to the Somerset County Department of Health at coronavirus@co.somerset.nj.us, with the word “Prescription” in the subject line. Faxes can be sent to 908-704-8042.

Patients must schedule an appointment for testing at https://somerset-hunterdon.adlabscovidtest.com or by calling 908-237-7150.

Additional dates will be offered based on availability of resources. Check www.co.somerset.nj.us/covid19status for updates.

Anyone who does not have an appointment and a valid prescription or written order from their physician will be turned away.

For the safety, health and security of staff and volunteers, patients must arrive by car. The testing site will not allow entry if residents don’t arrive in a vehicle, even if they have a valid driver’s license and prescription. When coming to the testing center, residents are asked to use the main entrance to the college campus, off of Route 28.

For more information, contact coronavirus@co.somerset.nj.us.

 

GOOGLE MAP OF RVCC:

 

Source: Somerset County Office of Public Information