4-28: Eight New Cases; Montgomery Vaccine Clinic Open to All Tomorrow; Masking Rules Relaxed; Montgomery Wins Health Grant; Summer Youth Program; Health Insurance Deadline Friday; Rental Relief Program Expanded

Posted on April 28, 2021

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There were eight (8) new cases over the weekend in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 4-26-21.  The Health Department’s clinical duties today will delay detailed reporting until Friday.


MONTGOMERY VACCINE CLINIC OPEN TO ALL TOMORROW

A recent vaccine clinic at the Otto Kaufman Community Center.

With the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine just re-authorized for use, Montgomery has 100 doses that must be used immediately. Consequently, these doses are being offered to anyone 18 or older tomorrow, Thursday, from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Otto Kaufman Community Center.

“We have high confidence in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and it leads to being fully vaccinated against the virus in just two weeks,” said Montgomery Township Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey. “This is the quickest way to go from unvaccinated to fully vaccinated, in time for summer.”

Tomorrow’s clinic is open to anyone 18 and older, and appointments are strongly recommended. Best option is to sign up on online here. Alternatively, call 908-359-8211 x2400.


NEW GUIDANCE FOR VACCINATED PEOPLE

The Centers for Disease Control on Tuesday issued new mask wearing guidelines for fully vaccinated people, defined as people who received their second Moderna or Pfizer vaccine at least two weeks ago, or the single Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two weeks ago.

Currently, nearly half of Somerset County adults are fully vaccinated. According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people can do the following outdoors without a mask:

  • Walk, run, or bike with members of their household;
  • Socialize in small groups of fully vaccinated people;
  • Dine outdoors with other fully vaccinated people.

As illustrated in the chart above, unvaccinated people can join some of these outdoor activities if they wear a mask. Fully vaccinated can also gather unmasked indoors with fully vaccinated people in small groups.

“The message of the CDC is that vaccinated people can begin to get back to normal,” said Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey.  “Locally, we aren’t seeing transmission among those who have been vaccinated. The best thing you can do is get an appointment and get vaccinated as soon as possible.”


 

MONTGOMERY TO RECEIVE $341,000 HEALTH GRANT

The Montgomery Township Health Department will receive a grant of $341,000 to help support public health efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic and the recovery ahead.

The township applied through the State of New Jersey and learned of the award this week.  According to Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey, the funds will be used to pay for extra staff and equipment needed for contact tracing, vaccinations, and public health communications. Funds will also help build the public health infrastructure that the community needs to become more resilient as we recover from the pandemic.


 

COUNTY OFFERS SUMMER YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Somerset County Deputy Commissioner Sara Sooy invites county youth who are in grades nine through 12 to apply to the Youth Leadership Somerset program. Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 23.

“This is a wonderful program that empowers young people to interact with local leaders and explore real issues that are impacting their communities,” said Commissioner Sooy, Youth Leadership Somerset liaison. “

To apply, visit Youth Leadership Somerset Application 2021/2022. Candidates will be selected by the end of June.  Those accepted to the program will receive a full scholarship to ensure that financial status is not a barrier.


HEALTH INSURANCE DEADLINE FRIDAY

Get Covered New Jersey is the State’s official health insurance marketplace that provides access to the resources and financial help you need to find the right coverage. With a deadline this Friday, new state and federal financial assistance will help drastically lower health insurance costs for many New Jerseyans. If you need an affordable health care plan for 2021, visit getcovered.nj.gov.

If you are already enrolled, you will likely be able to claim additional savings. If you need coverage, you can explore your options. If you received unemployment compensation in 2021, you may be eligible for nearly free coverage. Enrollment is open through the end of the year but enroll by Friday, April 30th for coverage effective May 1st.


 

LARGER AWARDS FOR RENT RELIEF AVAILABLE

 

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

  • Recently, the income limits and the amount of funds have been increased for Somerset County families who are eligible to receive money from the Emergency Rental Relief Program (ERRP) to help keep them in their homes if they have lost their income due to the pandemic.  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 DETAILED CASE REPORT

 

Please see top story above.