2-19: Nineteen New Cases Push Weekly Total to 63; Vaccination Update; Montgomery Schools Expand In-Person Classes; Free Mental Health Help; Rent Relief; Detailed COVID Case Report

Posted on February 19, 2021

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been nineteen (19) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 2-17-21, pushing the weekly total above 60 for the first time in a month. For the seven days ending today, 63 residents in Montgomery and Rocky Hill tested positive for COVID-19.

“We see that case rates are falling significantly both county-wide and state-wide.  This week, we identified a specific outbreak related to an unsanctioned youth sports event that drove up our municipal case count,” said Montgomery Township Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey.  “But I am comfortable that this is not an indicator of wider community spread, and the exposed individuals have been quarantined. We are not out of the woods yet—we still need to mask and social distance. With more people getting vaccinated, we need to remember this health crisis is ongoing. Please continue to wear masks and social distance. We are in a race between new infections and vaccination against the virus.”

A detailed case report follows at the end of this ebulletin.


VACCINATION UPDATE

Eligibility for vaccine in New Jersey continues to be limited to persons 65 and older and younger adults with underlying health conditions.  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.


MONTGOMERY SCHOOLS EXPAND IN-PERSON CLASSES

Montgomery Township Schools will expand in-person instruction starting March 1 for families who have not opted for all-virtual instruction, according to a policy announced this week by Superintendent Mary E. McLoughlin on behalf of the Board of Education.

Students participating in hybrid instruction, which includes a mix of in-person and virtual instruction, will now be in classrooms either four or five days per week.


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 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.


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 nineteen (19) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 2-17-21.

As of 9AM today, February 19

Montgomery cases: 913

Montgomery deaths: 20

Rocky Hill cases:  23

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

222   <20

144   20-29

85     30-39

143   40-49

141   50-59

96     60-69

35     70-79

70     80+

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

 

–  840 presumed recovered a

–  75 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.

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/