3-17: Ten New Cases; Vaccination Update with Video; Free Film about Youth & Social Media; Free Mental Health Help; Sign Up for Spring Recreation; Seeking Purple Heart Recipients; Detailed COVID Case Data

Posted on March 17, 2021

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been ten (10) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 3-15-21. Detailed case data are available at the end of this ebulletin.


VACCINATION UPDATE WITH VIDEO

Starting this week, New Jersey has expanded vaccine eligibility to educators and many other groups, including transportation workers, migrant farm workers, members of tribal communities, individuals experiencing homelessness or living in shelters, and more.

The township’s health insurance agency has distributed a video that gives a good explanation about the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. Click to watch the video.

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/.  

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 help schedule an appointment.  In addition, Montgomery Township is keeping a limited list of vulnerable residents to help them get access to vaccine.  If you lack internet access or transportation, call 908-359-8211 x2400. If you have a neighbor meeting this definition, consider bringing this phone number to his or her attention.


MUNICIPAL ALLIANCE HOSTS FILM ON SOCIAL MEDIA & YOUTH

The Montgomery Rocky Hill Municipal Alliance is hosting a free, virtual screening of the compelling new documentary LIKE on March 24th, 7:00 pm.

Over 2 billion people have smartphones today and we check them on average an 150 times every day. Technology makes our lives easier in so many ways – but what is the cost of our dependence, and our children’s reliance, on screens? LIKE reveals the true effects of technology on the brain and uncovers the impact social media can have on our lives. The film’s mission is to educate, inform and inspire people to effectively self-regulate their screen time.

The program is offered in partnership with the Somerset County Municipal Alliance. Funding is provided from the NJ Governor’s Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse and Somerset & Morris County Commissioners.

Parents, educators and community members interested in attending should RVSP at: http://bit.ly/WatchLIKE


SIGN UP TODAY FOR SPRING RECREATION

Montgomery Recreation’s spring newsletter has been posted online and should have arrived in your mailbox.  Registration started Monday, and some activities are filled and adding names to wait-lists. Don’t delay in checking out our offerings and sign up 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. All programs are closely monitoring state and local COVID guidelines.  If you have questions about our programs, please email us at recreation@twp.montgomery.nj.us or call at 609-466-3023.


SEEKING MONTGOMERY PURPLE HEART RECIPIENTS

Attention all US Military Veterans, Active-Duty Armed Service Members, and their Families residing within Montgomery Township:  We are a designated Purple Heart Community, and as part of this honorable distinction the Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee would like to recognize all Township residents who have earned or have had someone in their immediate family (including spouses and grandparents) who has earned the Purple Heart award.

Please contact:  mvmc@twp.montgomery.nj.us or (908) 359-8211 Ext. 2279 so that we can identify and recognize all our Purple Heart recipients and their families on National Purple Heart Day (August 7th).  Thank you!


COUNTY OFFERING FREE MENTAL HEALTH HELP

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.


COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been ten (10) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 3-15-21.

As of 9AM today, March 17

Montgomery cases: 1052

Montgomery deaths: 21

Rocky Hill cases:  25

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

267    <20

171    20-29

99      30-39

165    40-49

160    50-59

103    60-69

40      70-79

72      80+

1077 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 1004 presumed recovered a

–  51  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/