2-3: One New Death, Five New COVID Cases; 253 Vaccinated at Stonebridge; Sign Up on Multiple Vaccination Lists; Winter Storm Clean Up; Shop Local for Valentines; Property Tax Deadline 2-10; Black Professionals Series; COVID Case Report

Posted on February 3, 2021

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been one (1) new death and five (5) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 2-1-21.  Detailed case report at the end of this ebulletin.


253 STONEBRIDGE RESIDENTS AND STAFF VACCINATED

Stonebridge at Montgomery has vaccinated 253 residents and staff against COVID-19 through a special program focusing on most at-risk communities. The senior living community has held five clinics since December 28, most recently on Friday when 131 independent living residents received the COVID-19 vaccine administered by Walgreens.

“We are very fortunate to have been among the first in the state to receive the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Mary Cannon, Executive Director of the senior community.

Montgomery’s Department of Health has provided logistics support to the Stonebridge vaccination program, and Friday’s vaccination effort was attended by Mayor Devra Keenan.

“It was very moving to see Montgomery residents at such a high risk getting vaccinated,” the Mayor Keenan said.”As frustrating as the vaccine shortage is, I am heartened that when anyone in our community gets vaccinated, it makes us all a little bit safer. So please wear you masks, wash your hands, keep your safe distances and when you can get vaccinated, please do it.”

The Montgomery News has additional photos and details from Friday’s clinic, which featured music, balloons, refreshments, and safety education.


 

SIGN UP ON MULTIPLE VACCINATION LISTS

New Jersey and Somerset County continue to experience a big gap between the large demand for vaccines and a limited supply. Somerset County is receiving just 700 doses per week for a population of more than 325,000. Eligible for vaccination are all adults 65 and older, or adults 16+ with underlying health conditions.

Raritan Valley Community College continues to be the centralized public health site for vaccines in Somerset County. The best way to get vaccinated at RVCC is to get on the state website covidvaccine.nj.gov.  If you or somebody you know is eligible for the vaccine but do not have access to the internet, Somerset County is registering people by phone at 908-231-7155.

Montgomery Township is keeping its own list of residents 65 and older, with an emphasis on people without internet access or difficulty driving themselves to RVCC.  We will use this list if we are able to procure vaccine for local use. To get on this list, call 908-359-8211 x2400. If you have a neighbor without internet access, consider bringing this phone number to his or her attention.

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


 

HISTORIC STORM CLEAN-UP CONTINUES

Winter Storm Orlena delivered a historically strong punch, but fortunately there were few power outages. Montgomery Township’s Department of Public Works continues to clean up from the storm and appreciates your help, including:

  • No parking on streets during the continuing snow emergency
  • Avoid pushing snow into the road as you clear your driveway
  • Help plows keep your driveway clear by throwing snow “down drift” of the plowing, which means to the right of your driveway when facing the street.
  • Do not place trash cans or recycling cans out until the plows have passed.
  • Keep children out of the plows’ path and harm’s way.
  • If possible, help by clearing nearby fire hydrants and storm drains, or report major blockages to the township.
  • If your mailbox is accidentally damaged by a plow, you may qualify for the mailbox to be prepared if you report the damage quickly.

Additional storm clean-up information is available on the township website.


 

SHOP LOCAL FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

Montgomery Together has created a list of “shop local” ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day safely at home, or socially distanced. Some highlights:

  • A “chocolate tasting” with sweets from Robinson’s Chocolates
  • Watch the movie Mystic Pizza while eating a local pie made by Alfonso’s, Beniamino’s, Genteel’s, or New World.
  • Spoil your furry Valentine with a treat from T&T Pet Supply

Visit the Montgomery Together website for more ideas, and for a list of local Valentine’s Day promotions.


 

MONTGOMERY BLACK PROFESSIONALS SERIES STARTS THURSDAY

Black Professionals Roundtable Series

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Starting tomorrow evening, the Montgomery High School Black Student Union presents the Black Professionals Roundtable Series in a joint effort with the Montgomery Township Inclusion and Equity Committee. The series consists of four Zoom webinars, each focusing on different areas of study, Thursdays at 7 PM on the following dates:

February 4: Health and STEM
February 11: Law and Government
February 18: Business and Finance
February 25: Humanities and Creatives

The free webinars will mostly feature Black individuals currently working in the specified fields and will be Q&A format. The goal of the series is to celebrate success, provide insight on various professions, and inspire viewers to pursue their dreams. Online registration is required at:

bit.ly/montyblackprofessionals


 

PAY PROPERTY TAXES BY FEB. 10

First quarter 2021 property taxes are now due, with a grace period ending next Wednesday, February 10th. Your taxes may be viewed and paid on our website at : https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/departments/finance/payment/.  There is also a drop box located in front of the municipal building at 2261 Rt. 206, Belle Mead, NJ 08502. Mailed checks must reach the Township by the end of grace period to be considered on time. Contact the tax office with any tax questions.


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been one (1) new death and five (5) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 2-1-21.

As of 9AM today, February 3

Montgomery cases: 798

Montgomery deaths: 19

Rocky Hill cases:  22

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

181   <20

129   20-29

79     30-39

125   40-49

126   50-59

94     60-69

28     70-79

58     80+

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

–  759 presumed recovered a

–  41 currently ill

– 20 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/