12-21: New COVID Cases at 19; Dr. Fauci Answers Children’s COVID questions; Festive Snowplows; Monty Virtual Cookbook Released; COVID Case Report

Posted on December 21, 2020

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been nineteen (19) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 12-18-20.


 

FAUCI ANSWERS QUESTIONS FROM CHILDREN ABOUT COVID-19 AND HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS

Many children are concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly as it will impact family holiday traditions this month.  Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health answered questions on CNN that may be valuable for children to watch with a parent. Some of the questions were asked by Sesame Street characters Elmo and Grover.

Montgomery’s Health Department continues to advise against holiday gatherings this month, given the significant rise in cases locally and nationwide.


 

MONTY SNOWPLOWS WERE READY FOR
A FESTIVE, EARLY SNOWFALL

Montgomery 9th grader Alyssa Mallen (left) displays her painting, “The Grinch and Max,” on a snowplow blade. With her are DPW Superintendent Art Villano, Township Administrator Donato Nieman, and Mayor Sadaf Jaffer.

 

Montgomery artist Nicole Schwarcz, age 11, creates her depiction of snowboarder in the mountains.

The rare, pre-holiday snowstorm last week was greeted by township snowplows newly decked-out for the season. Public Works Superintendent Art Villano organized youth volunteers to decorate township plow blades with cheerful winter-themed paintings, such the Grinch Who Stole Christmas and his dog, Max.

The plow decorations were completed just in time for winter storm Gail that dumped about 7 inches of heavy snow last Wednesday and Thursday. According to Township Administrator Donato Neiman, the snow clean-up was highly successful, and residents cooperated by keeping their cars off roadways and parked in driveways rather than on the street.


 

LOOKING FOR NEW RECIPES?

CHECK OUT THE NEW MONTY VIRTUAL COOKBOOK!

Montgomery “First Daughter” Zareen making gingerbread.

Many of us are spending more time in the kitchen due to the pandemic, which was the inspiration behind the Montgomery Virtual Recipe Cookbook launched today by the recreation department.  Twenty-one Montgomery residents contributed favorite recipes, from Italian Ricotta Cookies and Lazy Lasagna to Deputy Clerk Marge Crawford’s famously popular Kielbasa.

Mayor Sadaf Jaffer contributed a recipe for Gingerbread, and explained: “I always loved decorating gingerbread houses when I was a child and now it is a tradition I share with my daughter. We prefer to make things from scratch, so making the gingerbread and using cookie cutters for the parts of the house before decorating is our family tradition. Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season!”

Montgomery Open Space Coordinator Lauren Wasilauski, who helped to organize the recipe book, said: “I have family in Ireland, and their brown bread is one of my favorite things to enjoy when I visit.  Since we couldn’t visit this year, and everyone else was making bread during the pandemic, I thought, ’why not try it?’”

Recreation Director Karen Zimmerman contributed her recipe for a holiday quiche: “I started making it about 14 years ago when both my children were in college.  We would wake up Christmas morning and open our presents, then we would sit down together and have a quiche breakfast.  Now that my kids are both grown and married, and they continue the tradition in their homes.”

The Montgomery Virtual Recipe Book is available on the Montgomery Together website.


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been nineteen (19) new COVID-19 cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report, Friday, 12-18-20.

As of 9AM today, December 21

Montgomery cases: 536

Montgomery deaths: 8

Rocky Hill cases:  15

Rocky Hill deaths: 0

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

122      <20

83      20-29

53      30-39

82      40-49

87      50-59

60      60-69

17      70-79

47      80+

 

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

–  491 presumed recovered

–  52 currently ill

– 8 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/