1-11-21: New COVID Cases at 20; Update on Vaccinations; Flags at Half Staff Today; Recycle CFL Bulbs; Healthcare Exchange Still Open; Detailed COVID Case Report

Posted on January 11, 2021

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been twenty (20) new COVID-19 cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 1-7-21.  Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.


MONTY BOARD OF HEALTH PRESIDENT VACCINATED FOR COVID-19

Dr. Grayson receiving his vaccine.

 

By Dr. Jeremy Grayson, M.D.
President, Montgomery Board of Health

As a medical doctor on the front lines of the COVID-19, I was fortunate enough to receive the Pfizer vaccine on December 29, 2020. My experience should give others confidence in getting the vaccine when their turn arrives.

Receiving the vaccine shot itself was painless. After the injection, I was monitored for 15 minutes to observe for acute reactions.

Six hours later I did experience a small amount of discomfort at the injection site as well as generalized minor muscle pain. By the next evening I felt totally fine. I did not find it any different than my reaction to the annual influenza vaccine. Each night I have received a text for a survey documenting the subjective experience of those that get vaccinated.

I realize many have trepidations about the vaccine and there is a lot of misinformation being circulated; I trust the scientific process, and I trust medicine. Please, if you can get vaccinated, take advantage of the opportunity— for yourself, your family and friends, and for the good of humanity.


 

PRE-REGISTER NOW FOR VACCINATION IN NEW JERSEY

Residents are encouraged to use the State of New Jersey’s pre-registration link for COVID-19 vaccination.  You will be asked a few questions to identify what tier or order of vaccination for which you are qualified.  Contact information, including an email address, your physical address, and a phone number will be requested.

Certain groups will be prioritized such as hospital, EMS, and nursing home workers and persons aged 75 and older.

Other COVID information, including testing locations, are available on the Montgomery Health Department website.


 

FLAGS AT HALF-MAST IN HONOR OF OFFICER SICKNICK

In response to Governor Phil Murphy’s order that U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff to honor Capitol Hill Police Officer Brian Sicknick, Montgomery Township administration has set the flags at the municipal building and all other municipal flags at half-mast today, January 11, 2021.

Officer Sicknick was a former resident of South River, New Jersey and died following injuries sustained while defending the U.S. Capitol during the violent insurrection of January 6th.


 

RECYCLE CFL LIGHTBULBS AT TRUE VALUE! 

The Montgomery Environmental Commission has arranged with Montgomery True Value Hardware Store near ShopRite to collect used CFL light bulbs.  These bulbs, characterized by their glass tube swirled shape, cannot be disposed of in either the trash or recycling bins because they contain trace amounts of mercury.

True Value owner Burt Nemec and his team will gather the CFL bulbs for eventual transport to a designated collection site, where the bulbs can be disposed of safely and components sorted for recycling.  Please bring your used CFL lightbulbs to Montgomery True Value and consider transitioning to energy efficient CFL or LED bulbs.


 

NJ STATE HEALTH CARE EXCHANGE STILL OPEN

Open enrollment under New Jersey’s state-run health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act is still open. If you need an affordable health care plan for 2021, visit getcovered.nj.gov to review plan options and learn if you qualify for financial assistance.

The State of New Jersey recently created this new program to provide additional financial help to residents to lower the cost of health coverage.  Nearly 8 out of 10 New Jersey residents will qualify for cost saving options that significantly reduce the cost of quality health insurance. The expanded three-month open enrollment period continues until January 31, 2021.


TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been twenty (20) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 1-7-21.

As of 9AM today, January 11

Montgomery cases: 666

Montgomery deaths: 14

Rocky Hill cases:  19

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

148    <20

108    20-29

62      30-39

104    40-49

105    50-59

77      60-69

24      70-79

57      80+

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

–  612 presumed recovered

–  58 currently ill

– 15 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/