2-17: 44 New COVID Cases Over Five Days; Vaccination Situation Improving; Parents May Attend Youth Sports; Some Tax Payments Returned to Sender; “Fresh Start” Week 3; Rent Relief; COVID Case ReportPosted on February 17, 2021
TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY
There have been forty-four (44) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report five days ago on Friday, 2-12-21. Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.
VACCINATION SITUATION IMPROVING
While vaccination appointments continue to be difficult to get, there is reason to expect improvement soon. Montgomery Health Office Stephanie D. Carey has been informed that New Jersey’s weekly allocation of COVID-19 vaccine has doubled starting this week, which will increase the availability at the Somerset County vaccination site at Raritan Valley Community College, and elsewhere.
Montgomery’s EMS ambulance team has been providing support at the RVCC vaccination site, so there’s a chance you’ll run into a neighbor when your turn arrives, says MEMS president Carol Raymond.
“It’s been very rewarding to help get people vaccinated, and the RVCC site is very well run, getting people vaccinated and out in less than an hour,” said Ellen Nusbaum, who recently volunteered at RVCC.
Eligibility for vaccine in New Jersey continues to be limited to persons 65 and older and younger adults with underlying health conditions. As of this week, 1 million New Jerseyans have received at least one shot, or roughly 11% of state residents. That number will climb steadily in the weeks ahead.
To get vaccinated, we recommend all residents sign up on the state website, covidvaccine.nj.gov, so you can be notified when you become eligible.
You can also call the New Jersey Call Center Vaccination Support Number between 8 AM and 8 PM: 855-568-0545.
Those who are eligible may also sign up for hospital-based, public, and private sites offering vaccination, such as CVS, and the several New Jersey “Mega Sites.” All are experiencing demand in excess of supply, so you may need to try multiple times: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-eligible-recipients. Some CVS and Rite Aid locations are starting to offer vaccine, with the appointments filling within an hour of posting.
Montgomery Township is keeping a limited list of vulnerable, elderly residents lacking internet access or transportation, to help them get access to vaccine. If you have no internet access, nor transportation, call 908-359-8211 x2400. If you have a neighbor meeting this definition, consider bringing this phone number to his or her attention.
PARENTS MAY ATTEND YOUTH SPORTS
Governor Murphy recently announced Executive Order No. 220, which immediately enabled parents or guardians to attend indoor and outdoor youth sports practices or competitions.
Up to two parents or guardians per athlete under the age of 21 will be able to attend indoor or outdoor youth sports practices and competitions. No other spectators are permitted, and even with the parents or guardians, indoor youth sporting events may never exceed 35% capacity or 150 people. All spectators must follow the Department of Health’s sports activities guidance, including mask requirements, social distancing guidelines, and staying home when sick. Spectators will be expected to cooperate with contact-tracing efforts. School districts retain the ability to impose stricter guidelines and not allow spectators, and also have the discretion on whether and when to implement today’s policy regarding parents or guardians.
SOME TAX PAYMENTS ‘RETURNED TO SENDER’
Over 25 Montgomery homeowners have reported the US Postal Service returned as undeliverable their recent property tax payments to Montgomery, despite using the correct address. If this has happened to you, the best solution is to hand deliver your payment to the drop box at 2261 Van Horne Road (Route 206 North) in Belle Mead. Include the “return to sender” label and your late fee will be waived.
FRESH START FEBRUARY
OFFERS MINDFUL WAYS TO STAY UPBEAT!
The Montgomery Township Municipal Alliance has developed a month-long program to help residents facing stress during the pandemic.
The last year has been difficult – a pandemic, political and social unrest, financial distress, isolation, and loneliness. We have been tested in ways we couldn’t have imagined a mere year ago. In trying to deal with ever-changing circumstances, many have turned to unhealthy ways of coping. Fresh Start February offers a chance to start over. You can do these calendared activities anytime in any order, but why not start now?
Go to the FRESH START FEBRUARY CALENDAR at:
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 forty-four (44) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report five days ago on Friday, 2-12-21. No report was made on Monday due to the President’s Day holiday.
As of 9AM today, February 17
Montgomery cases: 894
Montgomery deaths: 20
Rocky Hill cases: 23
Rocky Hill deaths: 1
Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:
917 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:
– 825 presumed recovered a
– 71 currently ill
– 21 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.
Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/