Governor Announces Increased Indoor & Outdoor Capacity Limits

Governor Phil Murphy has announced increased indoor and outdoor gathering capacity limits as COVID-19 cases in New Jersey continue to decline. Effective immediately, indoor gatherings are now limited to 25% capacity of the rooms in which they will take place, with a maximum of 100 persons. Outdoor gatherings are now limited to 250 persons, and outdoor religious services and political activities will continue to have no numerical limits.

“While we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commonsense public health measures that New Jerseyans have been complying with are now allowing for us to expand capacity limits,” said Governor Murphy. “We will continue to evaluate and make reopening decisions based on data, science, and facts. I thank the people of our great state for the collective effort that has enabled us to take steps like these.”

Before today’s Order, indoor gatherings were limited to 25% capacity, but with a maximum of 50 persons, and outdoor gatherings were limited to 100 persons, with the exception of outdoor religious services and political activities.

Furthermore, this Order clarifies that for the purposes of outdoor dining, “outdoor areas” are to be defined as open air spaces without a fixed roof, besides a temporary or seasonal awning or cover.

To read Executive Order No. 156, click here.

To view all Executive Orders, go to: https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/approved/eo_archive.html

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

Emergency Preparedness Plan and Surge Nursing

Montgomery Township Health Department is currently working on updating our preparedness plans and we want to make sure proper procedures are in place for infectious disease outbreaks in the event we need to activate our Emergency Preparedness Plan.

We are looking for additional Registered Nurses to handle things like answer incoming phone calls, screen patients, and vaccinate the community in the event of a pandemic.  We encourage Nurses who live in or work near Montgomery Township to be a part of our Surge Nursing Team.

Click here for the flyer with additional details.

If you are interested, please contact Brianna McKenna at BMcKenna@twp.montgomery.nj.us for more information.

 

 

Fight the Flu!

It’s not too late to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones this flu season!

If you haven’t received your flu shot yet, call (908) 359-8211, ext. 235 to schedule an appointment to receive your flu shot.

January Is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Regular Screenings and HPV Vaccine May Save Your Life

Following the medical guidelines for routine screening of cervical cancer is important.

Post Date:01/22/2020

The Morris-Somerset Regional Chronic Disease Coalition (RCDC) are urging women to take advantage of potentially life-saving screenings and immunizations that can significantly decrease one’s risk of developing cervical cancer.

Although cervical cancer is most prevalent in women age 30 years and over, all women are at risk. Early detection of cervical cancer through regular screening via a Pap test and/or HPV test is critical since it can increase your chance of survival if diagnosed and treated promptly.

What are Pap and HPV tests?
A Pap test finds abnormal cells that may turn into cancer if not treated, while an HPV test detects the human papillomavirus.   HPV is a precursor for cervical cancer but is preventable by getting the HPV vaccine.  In fact, 93% of women survive after receiving a diagnosis of early-stage cervical cancer, which shows the importance of regular screening.

It is recommended that women get a Pap test every three years beginning at age 21. From ages 30 to 65 years, women should continue with regular Pap tests but can go as long as five years between tests if combined with a test for HPV.

Routine screening is important
Following the medical guidelines for routine screening of cervical cancer is important, because women who have early-stage cervical cancer often do not have symptoms.  Abnormal vaginal bleeding, unusual vaginal discharge and pain during sex are all signs that a woman may have advanced-stage cervical cancer. Although these symptoms may be an indication of other conditions, if women are urged to consult with a healthcare provider as soon as possible if they ever experience any of these.

Receiving an HPV vaccination is the best way to prevent infections caused by the HPV virus, which leads to the majority (90%) of all cervical cancer cases in the United States.  While HPV can be transmitted through sexual contact, it is recommended that boys and girls at age 11 and 12 receive the vaccination long before they are exposed, and while their immune response is high.  Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits of receiving the HPV vaccine.

Practice healthy habits
Lifestyle can also factor into your risk of cervical cancer. Practicing good health habits, like not smoking, eating a diet high in fruits and veggies, and staying at a healthy weight are important.   On the other hand, long-term use of oral contraceptives (birth control pills), use of intrauterine (IUD) devices, having multiple full-term pregnancies, and being younger than 17-years of age with your first full-term pregnancy are factors that can negatively affect your chances of getting cervical cancer. It is important to become educated about cervical cancer prevention and consult with your healthcare provider about what is right for you.

For more information on Cervical Cancer Prevention, including information on low cost or reduced-cost medical care, visit the Morris Somerset Regional Chronic Disease Coalition at www.co.somerset.nj.us/health

The Morris-Somerset Regional Chronic Disease Coalition is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Office of Cancer Control and Prevention and is administered by the Somerset County Department of Health.

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