1-25: New COVID Cases at 19; Vaccine Roll-Out Slower Than Planned; Rent Relief Available; Free Mental Health Resources; Free Rabies Clinic; Detailed COVID Case ReportPosted on January 26, 2021
TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY
There have been nineteen (19) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 1-22-21. Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.
VACCINE ROLL-OUT SLOWER THAN PLANNED
New Jersey is experiencing a big gap between the large demand for vaccines and a very limited supply, leading to frustration for many eligible residents in Montgomery Township and statewide. All residents 65 and older are eligible, as well as younger people with underlying health conditions.
“I am asking people to exercise patience,” said Montgomery Township Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey this morning. “This situation is changing rapidly, and it will get better in the coming month or so. We continue to work with county and community partners to bring a mass vaccination site to Montgomery, and we intend that this will come to fruition when vaccine supplies improve.”
Over the immediate term, the state website covidvaccine.nj.gov remains the best way to get an appointment, understanding that demand is far outstripping supply. Somerset County Health Department is operating a single mass vaccination site at Raritan Valley Community College, with severely limited capacity based on vaccine supply. Some local Hospitals are also taking waiting lists and offering very limited appointments based on vaccine availability.
If you or somebody you know is eligible for the vaccine but do not have access to the internet, Somerset County is registering people by phone at 908-231-7155. If you have a neighbor or family member without internet access, consider bringing this phone number to their attention.
In the meantime, everyone still needs to practice masking and social distancing as we work to get the most vulnerable people and first responders in our communities vaccinated.
APPLY NOW FOR RENT RELIEF
In response to the financial hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic, Somerset County has established a rent relief program using Federal grant monies. Over $400,000 in rent relief is still available to county residents, including in Montgomery, who have suffered COVID-related income loss, subject to income limitations.
Additional information, and an easy-to-use online application are available here. Paper application forms are available by calling 908-541-5756.
COUNTY OFFERING FREE MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCE
If you or your family are experiencing feelings of isolation, fear, confusion, anxiety, or stress, Somerset County is offering free counseling through the new Somerset County Hope and Healing Crisis Counseling Program (CCP). The CCP is provided is funded through a FEMA/SAMHSA grant in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
All support provided through this program is confidential, anonymous, and free. For more information, visit the Somerset County website or call the support hotline at 908-231-6414.
FREE RABIES CLINIC FOR DOGS, CATS
Free Rabies Immunization Clinics for Dogs & Cats are being sponsored by Montgomery Township Health Department/Animal Control. The January 30th clinic is now full, but there are openings on Saturday, February 13th from 10AM to noon at the SAVE Animal Shelter at 1010 County Road 601 in Skillman. There is no late fee for licensing your pet this year until after March 1st.
Because of the pandemic, vaccinations will be available only with an appointment and pet owners must wear masks. Get more information and sign up here.
TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT
There have been nineteen (19) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 1-22-21.
As of 9AM today, January 25
Montgomery cases: 764
Montgomery deaths: 16
Rocky Hill cases: 21
Rocky Hill deaths: 1
Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:
785 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:
– 721 presumed recovered a
– 47 currently ill
– 17 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.