1-29: Two Deaths, Eight New COVID Cases; Weekly Cases Plateau; Local Vaccination Update; Rent Relief Available; Free Rabies Clinic; Feb. Public Meetings Posted; Detailed COVID Case Report

Posted on January 29, 2021

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been eight (8) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill and two (2) new deaths since our last report on Wednesday, 1-27-21.  Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.


NEW CASES PLATEAU, BUT AT ELEVATED LEVEL

Montgomery and Rocky Hill had fewer than 50 new COVID-19 cases for a second week in a row, the first time that has happened in three months. Last week, 37 new cases were recorded locally, and 40 cases the week before. Unfortunately, two more residents died this past week, raising the grand total of COVID-19 deaths in Montgomery and Rocky Hill to 19.

“We expected to see a decline in new cases after we got beyond the holiday period, but we are settling in at a level of new cases that is still well above what we were experiencing before Halloween,” said Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey. “We must continue to wear masks and social distance as we wait for more doses of vaccine to be distributed and delivered to our residents.”


 

LOCAL VACCINATION UPDATE

Vaccinations are still in very short supply statewide and here in Somerset County which currently receives only 700 doses of vaccine per week for a county that has a population of over 325,000. Somerset County Commissioner Director Shanel Robinson has recorded a new video describing local testing and vaccination efforts with County Health Department Director Dr. Namitha Reddy.

Appointments are being offered to residents 65 and older, or with underlying health conditions. To get an appointment, everyone should register at the New Jersey state covidvaccine.nj.gov website.

This was the first week that the county relied on the New Jersey state database to identify and schedule eligible residents, and unfortunately a major statewide glitch prevented some Montgomery residents from claiming appointments. Residents were wrongly told they weren’t residents of Somerset County. Montgomery Mayor Devra Keenan contacted the governor’s office to express urgency for solving the problem, which appears to be related to zip codes that cross county lines.

Residents with questions or requiring assistance in registering can seek help from the Somerset County COVID-19 helpline at 908-231-7155. The number is staffed in multiple languages from 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM weekdays, and 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturdays.


 

NEW FREE COVID TESTING IN SOUTH BOUND BROOK

A new free COVID-19 testing center has been opened nearby by South Bound Brook Borough and School District. Testing is by appointment only in the parking lot of the Robert Morris School at 122 Elizabeth Street.

Pre-register using an online form. Available dates as of today February 6, 11, 20, and 25. Testing is free and open to all, including the uninsured. Results are expected within 48 hours. Tests facilitated by Advance Management Services.

In addition, the Borough of Bound Brook has announced a one-day testing clinic for county residents 5 and older on February 3 from 3 to 7pm at El Imperial, 200 Talmage Avenue. They will accept advance appointments online and walk-ins. No prescription necessary. Testing by Clarity Labs.


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.


FREE RABIES CLINIC FOR DOGS, CATS

Free Rabies Immunization Clinics for Dogs & Cats are being sponsored by Montgomery Township Health Department/Animal Control. Tomorrow’s clinic is 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.


FEBRUARY PUBLIC MEETINGS POSTED ONLINE

With municipal public meetings expected to remain virtual for the foreseeable future, the Montgomery Township website has an expanded schedule of public meetings including Zoom links and dial-in numbers.  All February meetings are now posted, including next week’s meetings of the Environmental Commission (Tuesday), Inclusion & Equity Committee (Wednesday), and Township Committee (Thursday).


TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been eight (8) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill and two (2) more deaths since our last report on Wednesday, 1-27-21.

As of 9AM today, January 29

Montgomery cases: 782

Montgomery deaths: 18

Rocky Hill cases:  21

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

177   <20

126   20-29

77     30-39

124   40-49

121   50-59

92     60-69

28     70-79

58     80+

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

–  737 presumed recovered a

–  47 currently ill

– 19 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/