Daily Case Count 4/02 & Public Masking Guidance

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

As of 10 am today, 4/2, Montgomery Twp. has:

Total Cases:  21

Total Deaths: 0

Total Recovered: 9

Rocky Hill has 2 cases

Age Ranges of cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

2             <20

3             20-29

3             30-39

3             40-49

6             50-59

6             60-69

0             70-79

0             >79

Total 23 cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill

As of 4/2, we are also including case counts from Rocky Hill Borough.

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 Health Dept.’s COVID-19 portal at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/

*****DISCLAIMER***** The reported numbers on this page may not match the figures provided on the Somerset County page.  This is due to differences in reporting times.


PUBLIC MASKING GUIDANCE

The CDC is developing guidance on universal use of masks in public.  This is due to increasing evidence that people can start spreading the virus even when they don’t feel sick (asymptomatic transmission).

Montgomery Township Board of Health wants our community to act fast to save lives.

We join with the Center for Health Security, Bloomberg-Harvard City Leadership Institute, and Public Health experts from multiple nations, in promoting use of masks among the general public when out on essential trips. Masks should be worn whenever you are out of the home in public spaces.

Let’s be clear:  Professionally made masks and N95s must be saved for hospital workers who are putting their lives on the line in this battle.  But homemade cloth masks, or even a bandana or scarf may give the average person a little extra protection against catching (or spreading) the virus.

Here are some general guidelines for using a homemade mask:

  • The mask should be washed in hot soapy water (or machine washed) before first use, and after every trip in  public (e.g. grocery store)
  • Wash your hands before touching the clean mask.
  • Mask must be placed over both your nose and your mouth to be effective.
  • While in use, you can’t drink, eat, or smoke or this will not provide protection.
  • Don’t fiddle with or fidget with the mask.  Don’t touch your face.
  • If the mask becomes wet or contaminated, it’s time to change it out and launder.
  • This is not a magic bullet.  This is not an N95, nor even a surgical mask.  A scarf or homemade mask won’t stop aerosols (ultra-fine mists from singing or speaking), but can add some protection for both you and those around you by reducing droplet spread.
  • This does NOT reduce the need to stay at home for all but the most essential trips. 

Stay home. Save Lives. Stop the spread.

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

Please see below link to read the following:

Letter to the Community from Montgomery Twp. Board of Health President Dr. Jeremy Grayson, 4/02/20