2-22: Eleven New Cases; Vaccination Update; Habitat for Humanity Theft Inspires Generosity; Fresh Start Mindfulness Program; Free Mental Health Help; Rent Relief; COVID Case Report

Posted on February 22, 2021

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been eleven (11) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 2-19-21.  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, all residents must 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.


HABITAT FOR HUMANITY THEFT INSPIRES GENEROSITY

 

The Habitat for Humanity project in Montgomery Township was dealt a temporary setback this month with the theft of about $1,800 of lumber from the project site on Willow Road in the Belle Mead section.

But a surge in donations has followed news coverage on ABC7 TV in New York and News 12, which featured an interview with Mayor Devra Keenan over the weekend. A Gofundme page set up by the Montgomery Charity Foundation already has raised over $2,000, and Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity is also raising funds for the local project directly via its website. Additional funds raised will help ensure the completion of the project.


FRESH START FEBRUARY WEEK 4:
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.

Go to the FRESH START FEBRUARY CALENDAR at:

https://health.montgomery.nj.us/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Fresh-Start-February-Calendar.pdf


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 eleven (11) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 2-19-21.

As of 9AM today, February 22

Montgomery cases: 924

Montgomery deaths: 20

Rocky Hill cases:  23

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

229    <20

146    20-29

85      30-39

144    40-49

142    50-59

96      60-69

35      70-79

70      80+

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

– 858 presumed recovered

–  68   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/