3-08: Eleven New Cases; Get Ready for Happier Days with Monty Recreation; Expanded Vaccination Eligibility; Free Mental Health Help; “Shop Montgomery Week” Underway; Detailed COVID Case Report

Posted on March 8, 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, 3-5-21. Detailed case data available at the end of this ebulletin.


GET READY FOR BRIGHTER DAYS WITH MONTY REC!

By Karen Zimmerman
Montgomery Recreation Director

The Recreation Department is getting ready for sunnier days this spring and summer with programs for adults and children. We know most residents are experiencing the worst case of “cabin fever” of their lives and will be excited to get exercise and reconnect with friends and neighbors as we gradually emerge from the worst of the COVID-19 crisis.

Our spring program has been posted online and will be arriving this week in your mailboxes.  Registration starts on Monday March 15th, so check out our offerings now! Some of the programs we’re most excited about:

  • “Move U,” a new introductory exercise class for adults held at Montgomery Park
  • Speed and Agility training for grades 7th and up at OKCC
  • “Soccer Squirts” for ages 3 to 7
  • Tennis at UMS for grades K-8

We will also offer virtual classes in the spring including cooking, coding, piano, and chess.

Summer promises to be even better as we plan to bring back all your favorite camps including Fal-Rooney, Grundy Hoops, Let’s Put on a Musical and, of course our longest running (and most loved) Rec n Crew!

We are closely monitoring state and local COVID guidelines, and we will have an updated Summer Camp Guide online in mid-April, with sign-ups starting May 3. If you would like to have our summer guide emailed to you and keep up to date with all things “Rec”, please email us at recreation@twp.montgomery.nj.us, and we will add you to our list. If you have questions about any of our camps or programs, please call us at 609-466-3023.

Sunnier days ahead!


UPDATE ON EXPANDED ELIGIBLIITY FOR VACCINATIONS

In addition to everyone 65 and older and adults with underlying conditions, eligibility for vaccines has expanded to include Pre-K through 12th grade educators and childcare workers in licensed and registered settings are now eligible for the vaccine.

Beginning March 15th, additional categories of people will be eligible to book appointments for the vaccine, including transportation workers, migrant farm workers, members of tribal communities, individuals experiencing homelessness or living in shelters, and more. Click here for more information about vaccine eligibility.

The State’s vaccine call center is pro-actively reaching out to people aged 75 and older who are registered to receive the vaccine to provide assistance with scheduling an appointment. Click here for more information on efforts to expand vaccine capacity and access.

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.”  There is a new Vaccine Finder website that may be useful, particularly for local pharmacies: https://vaccinefinder.org/search/.

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.


COUNTY OFFERING FREE MENTAL HEALTH HELP

If you or your family are experiencing feelings of isolation, fear, confusion, anxiety, or stress, Somerse

t 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.


 “SHOP MONTGOMERY WEEK” THIS WEEK!

The Montgomery Business Association is holding its first “shop local” week with a prize for posting a “selfie” photo that promotes a favorite local business. To qualify, use the hashtag #shopmontgomeryweeknj when posting a photo on social media. The photo earning the most engagement on social media each week will win $100. The first week of the promotion runs March 7th through 13th.

The initiative will be run the second week of each month.


COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been eleven (11) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 3-5-21.

As of 9AM today, March 8:

Montgomery cases: 998

Montgomery deaths: 21

Rocky Hill cases:  23

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

250   <20

160   20-29

92     30-39

158   40-49

153   50-59

100   60-69

36     70-79

72     80+

1021 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 949 presumed recovered a

–  50   currently ill

–  22 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/