Daily Case Count 4/07; Parks Closed; Distancing is Starting to Work; ShopRite Info

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

As of 9 am today, 4/7, Montgomery has:

Cases:  32

Deaths: 0

Rocky Hill has 3 cases

Age Ranges of cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

2        <20

7        20-29

5        30-39

5        40-49

6        50-59

8        60-69

2        70-79

0        >79

Total 35 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 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.


ALL TOWNSHIP PARKS & PATHWAYS CLOSED

In alignment with Governor Phil Murphy’s Executive Order 118   which closed all State and County Parks today, Montgomery Township has closed ALL Township parks and pathways effective 8 PM this evening.  All parks and pathways will remain closed until further notice. All Somerset County Parks, including Skillman Park and Sourland Mountain Preserve, are also closed.

According to the State’s COVID-19 website statement:

“..all state and county parks are closed.  This difficult decision was made by Governor Murphy after it had become clear that in too many instances individuals were gathering in groups in parks. To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and save lives, all residents have been directed to stay at home with limited exceptions and all gatherings of individuals have been prohibited.”

It continues:

Exercise is encouraged, but it must be done close to home. Walking, jogging, or riding a bike should be done in your neighborhood or your local park*. DO NOT travel to a park in another town.”

See: https://covid19.nj.gov/search.html?query=State+and+County+Parks

*(Strike-through by Montgomery Twp.) Montgomery Township has decided it is in the best interest of the health and safety of our residents to close our public parks system until further notice. This distancing measure will discourage gathering of groups and the attraction of persons to our parks from other towns, which would occur if our parks remained open while other municipalities closed. The Governor’s guidance directs: ‘DO NOT travel to a park in another town.’

Mayor Sadaf Jaffer, speaking on behalf of the entire Montgomery Township Committee, stated,” We know this is a difficult change for the community, but it is one we take in order to safeguard the well-being of all. Service lies at the heart of Montgomery and right now the best way you can serve your neighbors, if you’re not an essential worker, is by staying home. We will get through this together.”

While the Township regrets the impact that this action may have upon our citizens’ usual enjoyment of our wonderful parks, this is a necessary step to take in the public interest.  Compliance with this directive is for your own safety and that of everyone else.  Thank you.


 

DISTANCING EFFORTS STARTING TO WORK — Keep up Your Efforts!

Your efforts and sacrifices are working. While the number of COVID cases continues to rise in New Jersey and elsewhere, the growth rate in cases appears to be starting to taper a bit. Cases that are being diagnosed now likely were transmitted two weeks ago, meaning there is a lag time before distancing measures show up in the data. See this chart from the New Jersey Dept. of Health:

Don’t stop now!  Sadly, the news is expected to worsen before it improves, but it will improve with everyone’s vigilance and cooperation! Because of everyone’s compliance, Montgomery has experienced a lower rate of transmission than many other surrounding areas.  Now is the time to redouble our efforts to stop the spread. The single most powerful tool we have right now is to limit our contacts by staying at home whenever possible, washing our hands frequently, and when we must leave the house, to practice physical distancing and wear a cloth mask.

At this critical time, it is best that you stay home. If you must venture outside your home or property please follow these steps to help ensure your safety and the safety of your family.

  • Maintain a safe physical distance (6 feet) from all people you do not reside with.
  • Wear a cloth face covering that covers your nose and mouth.
  • Keep away from and off of all equipment used by the public.
  • Bring sanitizer with you and use it after touching anything.
  • Keep your hands away from your face, eyes, nose, mouth and face covering.
  • As soon as your return home remove your shoes and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.

If you must go the grocery store (planning ahead, going alone, and limiting trips is strongly advised):

  • Use a paper list
  • Keep your phone in your pocket if you touch it sanitize it
  • Bring sanitizer to wipe off the cart.
  • Use a plastic bag or wear gloves when touching produce – don’t touch your face with the gloves on.
  • Don’t use reusable totes right now.
  • Avoid cash, use a touchless payment method if you can, or wipe off your payment card after use.
  • Wipe down your hands and car when you return.

We want to know about your concerns.  Call the Health Dept.’s COVID-19 Hotline at: (908) 533-9319.


SHOPRITE’S STATEMENT ON PREVENTATIVE STEPS TAKEN

Here is an announcement from Saker ShopRite regarding: 1. steps they have taken in their grocery stores, including Montgomery, to reduce the risks of viral spread, and 2. what to expect shopping there.

LINK TO SHOPRITE STATEMENT