4-7: One Death and 25 New Cases; Free COVID Tests; Vaccine Eligibility Expands; County Opens New Vaccine Site; Vaccines for Homebound Seniors; Financial Relief; Public Health Week; Detailed COVID Case ReportPosted on April 7, 2021
TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY
There have been twenty-five (25) new cases and the death of another senior resident in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 4-5-21. Detailed case data are available at the end of this ebulletin.
FREE COVID TESTING TOMORROW IN MONTGOMERY
Spring Break is concluding this week, which makes this an important time for many residents to get tested for COVID-19. Travelers should be sure to get tested before interacting with friends, families, and neighbors upon their return home.
- Montgomery Township has arranged to hold a free COVID testing clinic at the Township Municipal Building on April 8th from 1-4pm. You can sign-up for the clinic here, or you can walk-in.
- Central Jersey Urgent Care is offering rapid testing and PCR at its mobile test center in Montgomery Shop Rite parking lot. Telemedicine consultation required before appointment is given. Call 732 538-2300 or see their website: CJ Urgent Care Skillman.
- Jersey Pediatric Care (In Hillsborough) is offering testing and care for those up to age 21. Travel-related testing is also available for adults over age 21 without symptoms. Call their office to schedule at 908-262-2343.
ALL ADULTS ELIGIBLE FOR VACCINE APRIL 19TH
Starting this week, all adults in New Jersey 55 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccines. Starting April 19, all adults ages 16 and older will be eligible.
New Jersey is relaxing travel rules are relaxing for people who are fully vaccinated. Governor Phil Murphy said, “New Jersey is no longer advising fully vaccinated individuals who travel domestically to self-quarantine after their trip or to get tested before or after travel. The federal requirement for testing upon return to the United States following international air travel stands.”
Important: Fully vaccinated means two weeks after the second Pfizer or Moderna shot, or 2 weeks after the single J&J shot.
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/.
COUNTY OPENS SECOND VACCINE SITE
Somerset County has opened a new drive-up vaccination site in Franklin Township to supplement Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg. Located at Rutgers Plaza, the former location of a K-Mart on Easton Avenue, the “pop-up” clinic will offer the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
As with the RVCC vaccination clinic, the Rutgers Plaza clinic’s appointments will be scheduled through the state system at http://www.covidvaccine.nj.gov/. Registering does not create an appointment, but only registers you to be notified of when you are eligible to make a Covid-19 vaccination appointment. Once you qualify, you will receive a second email from the state with a link to schedule an appointment at one of the sites on the list, including RVCC and Rutgers Plaza.
MONTGOMERY VACCINATING TRANSPORTATION-LIMITED SENIORS
Montgomery Township last week received 100 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine for homebound and transportation-limited seniors in Montgomery, ages 65 and older, and we are hopeful we will receive more doses. If you or somebody you know meets these criteria, please contact the Montgomery Health Department at 908-359-8211 x2400 as soon as possible to get on the list of transportation-limited seniors.
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.
PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK CONTINUES
Montgomery Township is one of only three municipalities in New Jersey that has achieved the rigorous public health accreditation through the Public Health Advisory Board. The public health community has declared this week to be National Public Health Week and is emphasizing several themes, including racism as a public health issue.
According to American Public Health Association, “Racism is an ongoing public health crisis that has played a significant role in widening health disparities. Racism shapes where and how people live, what resources and opportunities they have and directly affects the physical and mental health of people of color.”
“Our department is very focused on working to overcome conscious and unconscious bias that can lead to different health outcomes based on race and ethnicity,” said Montgomery Township Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey.
As part of its efforts to address the many aspects of racism, Montgomery Township last year established and Equity and Inclusion Committee.
COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT
There have been twenty-five (25) new cases and one (1) new death in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 4-5-21.
As of 9AM today, April 7
Montgomery cases: 1153
Montgomery deaths: 23
Rocky Hill cases: 26
Rocky Hill deaths: 1
Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:
1179 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:
– 1113 presumed recovered
– 42 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.
Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/