4-12: Eight New Cases; Montgomery Vaccinates 100 Vulnerable Seniors; 30% of County Adults Fully Vaccinated; Free Trees for Arbor Day; Financial Relief; Detailed COVID Case Report

Posted on April 12, 2021

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been eight (8) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 4-9-21. Detailed case data are available at the end of this ebulletin.


MONTGOMERY VACCINATES 100 VULNERABLE SENIORS

The Montgomery Township Health Department has over the last two weeks vaccinated 95 homebound and transportation-limited Montgomery seniors with the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine provided directly by the State of New Jersey in response to requests from the township. Five more vulnerable seniors are scheduled for the vaccine this week.

Many doses were given by health department professionals visiting the homes of homebound seniors. In addition, pop-up clinics were organized at the Otto Kaufman Community Center and at the affordable senior housing complex at McKinley Court (photo above).

Montgomery Mayor Devra Keenan said she appreciated New Jersey providing vaccines directly to the township. “The fact that our health department is nationally accredited was a huge advantage in making the argument to Trenton that these doses should be sent to Montgomery for vulnerable residents. We are working hard to get more doses.”

Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey described the reaction of local seniors: “There is a sense of joy in the seniors I talk to—it has been such a long, hard, and lonely year.  This vaccine is a vial of hope for better times around the corner.”

A mother and her developmentally disabled daughter came to be vaccinated together.  “This gives my daughter a chance to get back to her school and her friends. She has missed them so much.  This is a chance to get back to normal.”

An older couple said: “Our children made us do it!  They were afraid of making us sick, afraid to see us.  We want to see our grandchildren again.”

Another woman added, “I haven’t seen my granddaughter in a year.  She is about to graduate high school and I want to go to her graduation.  I want to hug them all.”

To get on the list for transportation-limited seniors, contact the Health Department at 908-359-8211 x2400. If you have a neighbor meeting this definition, consider bringing this phone number to his or her attention.


30% OF SOMERSET COUNTY ADULTS FULLY VACCINATED

Somerset County announced on Friday that 30% of all adults in the county are fully vaccinated, compared to 20.5% of all adults in the United States, according to the CDC on Friday.

In a newly released video, Somerset County Commissioner Director Shanel Robinson announced that the county recently received a larger allotment of the Moderna vaccine, and a new supply of the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine.

The video provides photographs from Somerset County’s new drive-up vaccination site at Rutgers Plaza in Franklin Township to supplement Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg.

Both the RVCC and Rutgers Plaza vaccination clinics are be scheduled through the state system at http://www.covidvaccine.nj.gov/.  Registering does not create an appointment, but registers you to be notified of when you are eligible to make a an appointment. Starting Monday April 19, all New Jersey adults will be eligible. Once you receive a second email from the state with a link to schedule an appointment at any of the sites on the list, including RVCC and Rutgers Plaza.


ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION INCLUDES FREE TREES

An Arbor Day tree planting at Mill Pond Park

The Montgomery Township Shade Tree Committee led an Arbor Day celebration on Friday with the planting of a Willow Oak tree at Mill Pond Park, shown in the photo above featuring (l-r) Sarah Roberts and Larry Koplik of the Shade Tree Committee, Administrator Donato Nieman, Twp. Committeeperson Shelly L. Bell, and Mayor Devra Keenan.

As part of the celebration, children at Village Elementary School received free Witch Hazel tree saplings to plant at home. VES Principal Susan Lacy thanks the Shade Tree Committee saying: “Our students were thrilled to receive their seedlings and we were pleased with the virtual family turnout to pick up seedlings at the door.”

The VES program had some left-over trees, now available to anyone at Mary Jacobs Library in Rocky Hill during open hours, while the supply lasts. The library is open 10 AM to 8 PM Monday to Thursday, and until 6 PM on Fridays and Saturdays.


FINANCIAL RELIEF AVAILABLE

Relief programs are available to people impacted financially by the pandemic.

  • Somerset County has established a rent relief program using Federal grant monies for 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.
  • Funeral expense relief is available via the Federal Emergency Management Agency for people who have had to pay funeral expenses for a family member lost to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Funeral relief information is available online.

COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been eight (8) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 4-9-21.

As of 9AM today, April 12

Montgomery cases: 1172

Montgomery deaths: 23

Rocky Hill cases:  27

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

284    <20

195    20-29

127    30-39

182    40-49

177    50-59

120    60-69

40      70-79

74      80+

 

1199 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 1143 presumed recovered a

– 32 currently ill

– 24 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/