7-16: Two New Cases; Cases in Unvaccinated Households; Monty Vaccine Clinics Tonight and Tomorrow; Vaccinate Teens by Aug. 5; Board of Health Vax Videos in Three Languages; Cooling Center Today; Financial Relief Available

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been two (2) new cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Tuesday, 7-13-21. For further statistics, go to the Health Department’s COVID-19 portal.


CASES IN HOUSEHOLDS OF UNVACCINATED RESIDENTS 

Over the last week, Montgomery and Rocky Hill have had five (5) cases, the largest number in seven weeks. Although the number remains low compared to the peak of the pandemic, the cases were preventable.

“The current pattern is unvaccinated people getting infected in office and retail environments and then bringing COVID-19 home to family members,” said Montgomery Township Deputy Health Officer Devangi Patel.  “We are seeing two or three cases in the same household. All of them are preventable by getting vaccinated, masking, or both. Fortunately, we are making progress in putting COVID-19 behind us. The vaccines are extremely effective and safe, and the best way to keep us on the right track is for every eligible adult and child to get vaccinated. Communities that are experiencing high rates of COVID infections today are the ones with low vaccination rates.”


MONTY VACCINE CLINICS TONIGHT AND TOMORROW

The Montgomery Township Health Department is offering vaccination clinics this evening and tomorrow using the vaccines approved for adults 18 and older. Walk-ins are welcomes, but appointments are also available. The next several clinics include:

  • Tonight, July 16, 5pm to 7pm, J&J Clinic for ages 18+ next to the playground at Montgomery Dog Park (Covert Drive). This is the one-dose vaccine that will be fully effective by the last weekend in July. It’s a great choice if you want to be protected as quickly as possible.
  • Saturday, July 17, 9AM to 11AM, Moderna Clinic for ages 18+ at Otto Kaufman Community Center.
  • Next Friday, July 23, 5pm -7pm, Moderna Clinic for ages 18+ at Pike Run Clubhouse.

If you would like to make an appointment or need additional details, visit the Montgomery Health Department website, or call the Health Department at (908) 533-9331.


VACCINATE TEENS IN JULY TO PREPARE FOR SCHOOL REOPENING

 

By Devangi Patel
Montgomery Township Deputy Health Officer

I am very pleased to report that 91% Montgomery adults have had at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, putting our community in a strong position as schools fully reopen this fall. But the vaccination rate among 12- to 17-year-olds is just 55%, because we did not get vaccine approval for teens until May.

I want to urge local families to vaccinate teenagers this month, so they are protected before school begins. Getting your child vaccinated helps to protect your child and your family.

The Pfizer vaccine, approved for teenagers, requires 5 weeks from the first dose to full immunity, including 21 days between shots plus 14 days following the second dose. With school opening September 9 in Montgomery, that means the deadline to start the vaccine process is August 5, if you want your child to be fully protected on the first day of school.

The CVS at 2311 Route 206 in Belle Mead is offering the Pfizer vaccine daily, with appointments required. You can make your appointment online now.

I encourage parents with questions about the vaccine to talk to your child’s healthcare provider or to call us at (908) 533-9331.


BOARD OF HEALTH EXPLAINS VACCINATION IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES

 

Dr. Om Sharma appears in a new vaccine video.

The Montgomery Township Board of Health has released three videos explaining the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines with the intention of encouraging vaccination among immigrant communities. Videos were recorded in English and Hindi by Dr. Om Sharma and in Urdu by Dr. Siddique Faisal, both members of the Board of Health.

In addition, Health Department social worker Amanda Pulgarin recorded the message in Spanish with English subtitles.

If you are aware of a friend, coworker, or family members who would benefit from hearing these messages, please forward the relevant link.


COOLING CENTER FOR TODAY’S HIGH TEMPERATURES

 

The Montgomery Township Office of Emergency Management warns residents to take precautions during the 90-plus degree weather that has returned to the area. The combination of high temperatures and humidity can be dangerous, particularly for the elderly and people with underlying health conditions.

The Township has established a cooling center at the Otto Kaufman Center at 356 Skillman Road from 8am to 6pm, today only.  Users are requested to sign-in, fill out a covid screening form, and wear a mask.

In addition, the township has offered suggestions for beating the heat, including the avoidance of strenuous outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day, staying in the shade, and using indoor fans.


FINANCIAL RELIEF AVAILABLE

 

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

  • Recently, the income limits and the amount of funds have been increased for Somerset County families who are eligible to receive money from the Emergency Rental Relief Program (ERRP) to help keep them in their homes if they have lost their income due to the pandemic.  Additional information, and an easy-to-use online application are available.
  • A new Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service to eligible households. The program also offers a discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider (such as CenturyLink, Comcast or Verizon, and many cellular providers) or by visiting  sort by org. For more information, check out the Broadband Benefit Consumer FAQ.
  • Assistance is available to help you pay your utility bills. All New Jerseyans with outstanding balances are encouraged to apply for utility assistance programs now to lower their balances and also contact their utility company to request a flexible repayment plan. You may be newly eligible for financial assistance programs to help you pay your bills. You can learn more and apply for utility help now using a new screening tool from the NJ Department of Community Affairs at gov/dca/dcaid.
  • 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.

 

 

 

7-9: One New Case; Community Picnic in Park Tonight; Vaccine Clinics Next Week; Recycling May Be Delayed; Explore Parks for Park & Rec Month; Monty Photo Contest Begins; Financial Relief Available

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There has been one (1) new case of COVID-19 in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Tuesday, 7-6-21 and two (2) cases for the last week. For further statistics, go to the Health Department’s COVID-19 portal.

The Montgomery Health Department would like to remind parents with children who are too young to be vaccinated, to continue to choose outdoor activities, be mindful of indoor events especially when gathering with other unvaccinated people and continue to take precautions when visiting recreational facilities.


COMMUNITY PICNIC TONIGHT TO THANK PANDEMIC RESPONDERS

The Montgomery Township Committee is hosting a Picnic in the Park today, July 9 at 6 pm at Montgomery Veteran’s Park, near the pavilions at lower parking lot. The purpose is to thank civic organizations for going above and beyond to help residents during the pandemic.

Special thanks will be given to Montgomery EMS, the Princeton Elks Lodge, and Rotary of Montgomery/Rocky Hill. Everyone is invited.

There will be live music and a free dessert. Residents are encouraged to bring their own picnic dinner, ideally take-out from a Montgomery restaurant.  Also consider bringing lawn chairs or blankets in case the pavilions overflow.


HOW TO GET VACCINATED

For residents seeking the vaccine, the quickest option this week is to use the NJ Vaccine Finder website to identify the clinic or pharmacy with immediate appointments. For teenagers 12- to 17-years-old, choose the Pfizer vaccine.

Montgomery Township Health Department is offering clinics next week:

  • Wednesday, July 14, 5pm to 7pm, Pfizer Clinic for ages 12+ at Princeton Wellness and Fitness. The CVS in Belle Mead is also offering appointments for the Pfizer vaccine to ages 12+.
  • Friday, July 16, 5pm to 7pm, J&J Clinic for ages 18+ next to the playground at Montgomery Dog Park (Covert Drive).
  • Saturday, July 17, 9AM to 11AM, Moderna Clinic for ages 18+ at Otto Kaufman Community Center.
  • Friday, July 23, 5pm -7pm, Moderna Clinic for ages 18+ at Pike Run Clubhouse.

Walk-ins are always accepted, but appointments can be scheduled for your convenience. Visit the Montgomery Health Department website for additional details or call the Health Department at (908) 533-9331.


ENJOY PARKS & RECREATION MONTH

 

July is Parks & Recreation Month! It is a great time to enjoy Montgomery Township and Somerset County parks.

Have you hiked to the top of the Sourland Mountain or visited Montgomery’s own arboretum? Have you walked your leashed dog on the long and winding pathways at Skillman Park, or taken children to the playground at Bessie Grover Park? Have you visited the rose garden, mini-golf, and paddle boats in Colonial Park in Franklin? Visit our parks this July, and all summer long!


ENTER MONTGOMERY WEEKLY PHOTO CONTEST!

The Rec Dept. will be starting our annual “Show Us Your Montgomery” photo contest this week. The contest runs now through Aug 27. Each week residents will submit photos of “their Montgomery” to recreation@twp.montgomery.nj.us. Each week the rec staff will vote on a weekly winner, and the winning photo will become the Rec Department’s Facebooks cover photo for the week.

Each week’s winning photo will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing. The residents will vote on the weekly winning photos the week of August 30th and the winner will be announced September 6th.  For additional detail, visit the Recreation Department website.


FINANCIAL RELIEF AVAILABLE

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

  • Recently, the income limits and the amount of funds have been increased for Somerset County families who are eligible to receive money from the Emergency Rental Relief Program (ERRP) to help keep them in their homes if they have lost their income due to the pandemic.  Additional information, and an easy-to-use online application are available.
  • A new Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service to eligible households. The program also offers a discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider (such as CenturyLink, Comcast or Verizon, and many cellular providers) or by visiting  sort by org. For more information, check out the Broadband Benefit Consumer FAQ.
  • Assistance is available to help you pay your utility bills. All New Jerseyans with outstanding balances are encouraged to apply for utility assistance programs now to lower their balances and also contact their utility company to request a flexible repayment plan. You may be newly eligible for financial assistance programs to help you pay your bills. You can learn more and apply for utility help now using a new screening tool from the NJ Department of Community Affairs at gov/dca/dcaid.
  • 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.

6-9: No New Cases; Free Vaccine Clinic at Somerset Patriots; Car Parade for High School Graduates; Nominate an Environment Champion; Recycling & Donation Event Sunday; Municipal Building Reopens June 14; Detailed COVID Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been no (0) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 6-7-21. Detailed Case Report at the end of this ebulletin.


GET VACCINATED AND SEE A FREE SOMERSET PATRIOTS GAME

RWJ University Hospital is partnering with the Somerset Patriots on a “Strike Out COVID-19” vaccination event using the Pfizer vaccine at the ballpark in Bridgewater for anyone aged 12 and older on Wednesday June 16 from 5 to 8pm. Everyone who gets vaccinated will receive free tickets to the game that evening, and to the July 7 game upon returning for a second dose.

To participate, visit rwjbh.org/covid19vaccine and select “Somerset Patriots” as your preferred location. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

You can find earlier vaccination opportunities on the New Jersey Vaccine Finder website, where you are likely to find appointments for 12 and older at the Pike Run Plaza CVS, and for 18 and older at the Montgomery Shopping Center Walgreens.

The Montgomery Township Health Department will hold its next Moderna vaccine clinics on June 19th at the Otto Kaufman Community Center and on June 25th at the Pike Run Clubhouse. Our next Pfizer clinic for 12 and older is June 24 at the Montgomery High School. All Montgomery clinics accept walk-ins, but you can get an appointment on the Montgomery health department website.

If any resident needs help with transportation, New Jersey’s 2-1-1 program is offering free round-trip Lyft rides for vax appointments. Just call 2-1-1 to arrange a ride. For more help, call Somerset County’s COVID Hotline at (908) 231-7155.


CAR PARADE MONDAY TO CELEBRATE CLASS OF 2021

The public is invited to bring noise makers to applaud the Montgomery High School 2021 graduates along a car parade route on Monday, June 14, at 5:30 pm. Best viewing areas include the sidelines of the road through Skillman Park. Seniors will gather at 5 pm at Montgomery High School.

The Montgomery Police Department will start the parade at 5:30 pm and run for an hour. Seniors will drive in decorated cars along a “nostalgic route” past Village Elementary School, Orchard Hill Elementary School, Lower Middle School, and the Upper Middle School.

Decorated cars will be judged by Montgomery Mayor Devra Keenan, and winners announced. More details, including a parade route map, can be found in the Montgomery News.


NOMINATE YOUR ENVIRONMENT CHAMPION!

The Montgomery Environmental Commission wants to recognize township residents, students, businesses and organizations who are taking steps to protect our shared environment with the inaugural Montgomery Environmental Awards.

For example, tell us about the efforts of your neighbor who turned their yard into a backyard habitat, or a student who volunteers to shine a light on environmental issues, or a local business going above and beyond to incorporate sustainable practices into their operations.

The Township is seeking nominations by July 15 in these categories:  1) Climate Change & Clean Air; 2) Water Resources; 3) Healthy Ecosystems & Habitats; 4) Landowner of the Year; and 5) Healthy & Sustainable Businesses.  For a description of eligibility, award categories, and the nomination process, visit the Environmental Commission’s Earth Day website.

Nominations are due by 4pm July 15 via email to LWasilauski@twp.montgomery.nj.us or via mail to:  Montgomery Environmental Commission, 2261 Van Horne Road, Belle Mead NJ 08502.

Winners will be announced this fall.


“HARD-TO-RECYCLE” AND DONATION EVENT ON JUNE 13

The Montgomery Township Environmental Commission is hosting a delayed Earth Day donation and recycling event on June 13 from 11am to 2pm at Skillman Park at 100 Main Boulevard in Skillman. Participants can drive-through and stop at the various “stations” to drop off donated and hard-to-recycle items.

Visit the Township Env. Commission’s Earth Day website to see a map showing the drop-off locations.

Recycle/Discard:

  • Metal (courtesy of Klein Recycling)
  • Printer cartridges (courtesy of Technician X)
  • Plastic flower pots (courtesy of Shade Tree Committee)
  • Electronics
  • Expired/unwanted medications (courtesy of the Somerset County Sheriff)
  • Paper shredding for sensitive documents (no newspapers, 3 ring binders or bulldog clips; paper clips and staples are ok)

Donate:

All participants are asked to bring food and household items to donate to the Montgomery Food Pantry, which especially needs pasta sauce, fruit bars, granola bars, mayonnaise, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, and more.


MUNICIPAL BUILDING TO REOPEN JUNE 14

Montgomery Township Municipal Building at 2261 Route 206, in Belle Mead, will reopen to the public on Monday, June 14, from 8 am to 4:30 pm, but with mask-wearing required of all employees and visitors.

The Otto Kaufman Community Center (OKCC) at 356 Skillman Rd in Skillman has already reopened between 8am and 6pm Monday through Friday for residents signing up for programs or visiting the Food Pantry. The facility is also being used for vaccine clinics, blood drives, and elections. Masking is required of all staff and visitors.

However, neither the municipal building nor community center will be available for public meetings, nor for meetings of community groups, and the OKCC gymnasium remains closed to rentals.

Township Committee meetings, and meetings of boards and commissions, will continue virtually on Zoom for the time being. A list of virtual June meetings is available on the municipal website.


DETAILED COVID CASE REPORT

There have been no (0) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Monday, 6-7-21.

As of 9AM today, June 9

Montgomery cases: 1273

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  35

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

322    <20

213   20-29

148    30-39

206    40-49

180   50-59

122    60-69

44    70-79

73    80+

1308 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

–  1283 presumed recovered a

– 0 currently ill

– 25 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/

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/.