3-01: Fifteen New Cases; 2+ Million Vaccine Doses in NJ; Municipal Newsletter Published; Farmland Preserved; Free Virtual Senior Programs; Free Mental Health Help; Rent Relief; Detailed COVID Case Report

Posted on March 1, 2021

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been fifteen (15) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 2-26-21.  A detailed case report follows at the end of this ebulletin.


Over 2 MILLION VACCINE DOSES IN NEW JERSEY

2M Vax Doses

Over 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to New Jerseyans, as the chart above shows. In Somerset County, about 37,000 residents had been vaccinated, according to county health officer Dr. Nametha Reddy in a video released last week.

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. There is a new Vaccine Finder website that may be useful, particularly for local pharmacies: https://vaccinefinder.org/search/ In addition, New Jersey has a listing of sites: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-eligible-recipients.

You can also use social media to help get an appointment. Join the New Jersey Covid Vaccine Info Facebook group. The 61,000-member group gives New Jerseyans the opportunity to share up-to-date information on vaccine availability.

Follow VaxxUpdates on Twitter. The page helps Garden State residents secure vaccine appointments with instant updates on availability.

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.


TOWNSHIP’S SPRING NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED

Montgomery Township’s municipal newsletter has been published this week as a supplement to the Montgomery News.  You can also read it online. Topics include Earth Day 2021, Township Committee message with an update on the new Municipal Center, recent Black History Month activities, and more.


MONTGOMERY PRESERVES FARMLAND WITH SOURLAND VIEW

Montgomery Township has preserved another 45 acres, which, along with other adjacent open lands, will protect the “western gateway” views of the Township. Photo Credit: T. Garaffa

 

Montgomery Township has purchased a significant parcel of open space, which, along with adjacent open lands, will preserve the “western gateway” view of rural Montgomery.  The Township purchased these 45 acres of buildable, active farmland at the northeast corner of Route 518 and Spring Hill Road in December from the estate of Marie Abrahamsen.

“This preservation is an important step in maintaining the scenic rural corridor viewshed at the western entrance to our town, an area that provides a beautiful view of the Sourland Mountain ridge to the north and to the Princeton ridge to the south,” said Township Committee Member Kent Huang, liaison to Montgomery’s Open Space Committee.

A full report on the acquisition, including a map, is available on the township website.


FREE VIRTUAL SENIOR PROGRAMS IN MARCH

Somerset County’s Office on Aging is offering a wide variety of virtual programs for seniors throughout March to residents 60 and older. Programs include lectures on the architect Frank Gehry and the Stature of Liberty; a virtual tour of Montgomery’s SAVE animal shelter; virtual meditation and exercise classes; and virtual bingo.

To register for a program or class, call 908-203-6101 or email Donlin@co.somerset.nj.us.


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 fifteen (15) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 2-26-21.

As of 9AM today, March 1

Montgomery cases: 965

Montgomery deaths: 20

Rocky Hill cases:  23

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

244   <20

154   20-29

89     30-39

15-    40-49

148   50-59

96     60-69

36     70-79

71     80+

 

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

– 919 presumed recovered a

–  48 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/