2-01: New COVID Cases at 12; Historic Winter Storm; Challenges with Vaccine Roll-Out; NJ Health Insurance Enrollment Extended; Local Rent Relief; Detailed COVID Case Report

Posted on February 1, 2021

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been twelve (12) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 1-29-21.  Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.


 

HISTORIC WINTER STORM

Winter Storm Orlena, declared a statewide emergency, already has dumped 15 inches of snow as of now in Montgomery Township and the grand total may reach 24 inches. “This is a historic storm; it will take days to get back to normal,” said Montgomery Township Public Works Superintendent Art Villano. “Our folks have been preparing and plowing for 20 hours straight, and they will need to take a break. Our focus is to keep major roads clear for emergency vehicles.”

Montgomery residents are urged to stay off the roads as much as possible, to allow the clearing of snow and to reduce the chance of accidents in treacherous driving conditions. There are reports of numerous vehicular accidents and stuck vehicles on the roads around the region.

All Montgomery Township municipal offices will be closed today and tomorrow, February 1st and 2nd, for the safety of the public and staff.

Otto Kaufman Community Center may be opened tomorrow or Wednesday as a warming and charging center, but only after the snow stops, roads are clear, and if numerous homes are without power. As of now, few outages have been reported. If power does go out, Montgomery Police recommend staying home and bundling up, since a home will typically stay adequately warm for 12 hours.

Montgomery prohibits parking on street during snow emergencies. For information about our road plowing program, go to Montgomery Public Work’s Seasonal Notice – Winter  webpage.

Go to PSE&G’s website for information on PSE&G’s preparations for the storm, safety tips on storm preparedness, Outage Center map, and ways to report an outage to PSE&G.


 

CHALLENGES WITH VACCINE ROLL-OUT

New Jersey is experiencing a big gap between the large demand for vaccines and a very limited supply. Somerset County is receiving just 700 doses per week for a population of more than 325,000.

Raritan Valley Community College will continue to be the centralized public health site for vaccines in Somerset County for at least the next month. Last week, many county residents were told, in error, that they were not eligible for appointments due to residency. The state says they have fixed the problem for appointments starting next week.

In addition to the county site at RVCC there are some public, private, and hospital-based, offering vaccination.  All are experiencing volume in excess of demand, but eligible Montgomery residents are welcome to try them at this site: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-eligible-recipients

We also recommend everyone register on the state website covidvaccine.nj.gov .

If you or somebody you know is eligible for the vaccine but does 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.


NJ STATE HEALTH CARE EXCHANGE OPEN UNTIL MAY 15

New Jersey will extend the open enrollment period for its health insurance marketplace, initially set to expire yesterday, through May 15, in response to the ongoing pandemic.

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 coverage is provided through New Jersey’s state-run health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act is now open.

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 May 15, 2021.


APPLY NOW FOR LOCAL 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. About $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.


TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been twelve (12) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 1-29-21.

As of 9AM today, February 1

Montgomery cases: 794

Montgomery deaths: 18

Rocky Hill cases:  21

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

180   <20

128   20-29

78     30-39

125   40-49

124   50-59

94     60-69

28     70-79

58     80+

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

–  738 presumed recovered a

–  58 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/