Daily Case Count 4/05 & Keeping a Good Mental Outlook

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

 

As of 9 am today, 4/5, Montgomery Twp. has:

Total Cases:  28

Total Deaths: 0

Total Recovered: 9

Rocky Hill has 2 cases

Age Ranges of cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

2             <20
7             20-29
4             30-39
3             40-49
6             50-59
7            60-69
1             70-79
0             >79

Total 30 cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill

These numbers represent a snapshot in time, and will change daily or even hourly as new data come in. This represents only laboratory-confirmed cases, and does not include people who are sick but unable to be tested.  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 more information, go to the Twp. Health Dept.’s COVID-19 portal at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/  It has a link to the State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart.  Also see: Somerset County map with counts by town. For a global perspective, go to: 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.

 


KEEPING A GOOD MENTAL OUTLOOK

We recognize that these are trying times. Hearing, watching, and reading about COVID-19 every day can be stressful and cause anxiety. Staying isolated for long periods of time can make you feel lonely and even cause you to feel depressed or angry. We encourage you to talk about these feelings with trusted people in your life.

 

Here are some mental health and emotional wellness considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak outlined by the World Health Organization:

  1. Minimize watching, reading or listening to news about COVID-19 that causes you to feel anxious or distressed;
  2. Seek information updates at specific times during the day, once or twice. The sudden and near-constant stream of news reports about an outbreak can cause anyone to feel worried.
  3. Get the facts; not rumors and misinformation. Gather information at regular intervals from the WHO, New Jersey Department of Health, and Montgomery Health Department in order to help you distinguish facts from rumors. Facts can help to minimize fears.
  4. Protect yourself and be supportive to others. Helping others in their time of need can benefit both the person receiving support and the helper. For example, check by phone or video call – on neighbors or people in your community who may need some extra assistance.
  5. Honor the many “helpers” and healthcare workers supporting people affected with COVID-19 in our community. Acknowledge the role they play in saving lives and keeping you and your loved ones safe.

It is important to stay physically and mentally healthy during this extraordinary time. Hydrate, eat well, get rest, talk to friends by phone, and exercise in ways that maintain six-foot social distancing—walk, jog, ride a bike … and enjoy some fresh air.  Montgomery Parks, with the exception of playgrounds, will remain open and may be enjoyed if social distancing measures are observed. https://recreation.montgomery.nj.us/parks/ When time allows, do a good turn for someone else.  It will help both of you! There is a need for help with pantry donations, as well as sewing and materials for masks, and other opportunities to help others in this difficult time (see below).

Who Cares? We do! NJ Mental Health Cares is NJ’s behavioral health information and referral service. Toll Free line  877-294-HELP (4357) M-F 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Email: https://www.njmentalhealthcares.org/contact/ , TTY line for the deaf and hearing impaired is (877) 294-4356.

If you are having an emotional crisis, call 24/7 local Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services (PESS) Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services, Somerville at: 908-526-4100  24/7.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Health Department COVID Line at (908) 533-9319


WAYS TO HELP

DO YOU SEW OR HAVE ELASTIC YOU CAN DONATE FOR MASKS?

Do you like to sew?  You can help your community by making masks.  For instructions, to donate elastic or fabric, and to find out other ways to help increase the supply of homemade masks, check out https://themasksquad.com/ or on Facebook, see Somerset NJ Mask Squad.

________________________________

DO YOU HAVE PPE TO DONATE?

Our hospitals, health care workers and first responders are on the front lines of fighting this pandemic. Donors who have any amount of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) such as N95 masks or disposable gloves or hand sanitizer can donate to the State by filling out a form at:

https://covid19.nj.gov/ppedonations

_______________________________

HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS – STATE CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

The State of New Jersey has put out a call for qualified health, mental health, and related professionals to Volunteer.  The help is needed to supplement our health care capacity on a temporary basis.  To learn more, go to:

https://covid19.nj.gov/volunteer