5-17: NO New Cases; NJ Reaffirms Indoor Masking; 8 in 10 Monty Adults Vaccinated; County Vaccine Clinics Include Ages 12 and Older; Sign for Summer Rec N Crew Camp; Memorial Day 2021; Financial Relief; Detailed COVID Report

Posted on May 17, 2021


For our second report in a row, there were NO (0) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 5-14-21. Detailed Case Report at the end of this ebulletin.


New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy today announced the immediate end of quarantine requirements following out-of-state travel and ended all outdoor masking, but he reaffirmed required indoor mask wearing in public places for “a little while longer,” for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

The Governor explained the key reason for retaining masking indoors, despite new CDC guidance, is the difficulty of knowing who is vaccinated and who is not.


High percentages of Montgomery (79%) and Rocky Hill (86%) adults had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of last Wednesday, helping to explain why the number of new coronavirus cases has dropped dramatically in recent weeks.

“I’m very proud of the fact that so many of our residents are getting vaccinated and helping to put the pandemic behind us,” said Montgomery Mayor Devra Keenan. “If you haven’t gotten your vaccine yet, now is the time.”

Montgomery’s 79% rate of receiving at least one vaccine dose is the highest among Somerset County municipalities with at least 1,000 residents, and well ahead of the state average of 62%.

Fully 63% of Montgomery adults have received their final vaccine dose, compared to 49% of all New Jersey adults. Residents are considered “fully vaccinated” two weeks after receiving a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Montgomery Township Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey anticipates that Somerset County will soon see its pandemic classification upgraded: “If we keep vaccinating, we can be in the ‘green zone’ within weeks!”


Somerset County is hosting a dozen vaccination clinics next week. With the recent approval of Pfizer for minors as young as 12 years old, Somerset County is now offering to vaccinate teenagers with parental consent at three clinics this week in Bridgewater. Appointments are optional.

The Pfizer vaccine will be offered to ages 12 and older Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this week from 2pm to 5:30 pm at the Somerset County Senior Wellness Center in Bridgewater. Princeton University also is hosting a series of COVID-19 vaccination clinics open to the public.

The Moderna vaccine will be offered by Somerset County Monday and Friday from 10am to 2pm at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg.  In addition, Montgomery Township is holding a vaccine clinic, with Moderna, on Saturday May 22 at the Otto Kaufman Community Center.  Get additional information on the Montgomery vaccination scheduling page.

The one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be offered Friday from 10 am to 1pm at Rutgers Plaza, 940 Easton Avenue in Somerset (Franklin).

There are now many opportunities to get vaccinated at local drugstores such as CVS and Walgreens, that have appointments available and may accept walk-ins.

If any resident needs help with transportation, New Jersey’s 2-1-1 program is offering free round-trip Lyft rides for vax appointments. Just call 211 to arrange a ride. For more help, call Somerset County’s COVID Hotline at (908) 231-7155.

Sign Up Kids for Rec N Crew CAMP This Summer

Montgomery Recreation is still taking registrations for its Rec N Crew Summer Camp.  Camp begins on June 23 and runs through August 6.  It will be held on the West side of OHES for grades 1-3, on the East side of OHES for grades 4-6, and at Veterans Park for grades 6-9.

Camp runs from 8:30am to 3pm, with “pre-camp” available 7:30-8:30am and “post-camp” available 3- 6pm. The basic cost is $600, with an additional charge of $125 for pre-camp and $250 for post-camp.  Sign up today at https://register.communitypass.net/Montgomery

The Montgomery Recreation Department also offers a variety of in-person and virtual summer creative camps and sports camps.  For more information or to sign up, visit www.montgomeryrecreation.com or call 609-466-3023. Register and pay online or bring your forms and payments to the Otto Kaufman Community Center at 356 Skillman Road.


2019 Memorial Day photo.

The Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee will be hosting a Memorial Day Ceremony on May 31st, 2021 at 9:00am at the Montgomery Veterans Park on Harlingen Road in Belle Mead.

The ceremony will feature lowering of the flags by Montgomery Township Boy and Girl Scouts, a spiritual message provided by Reverend Christopher Heitkamp, reflections provided by Montgomery Mayor Devra Keenan and the playing of Taps.  Please join us on Memorial Day to honor and remember all our military service members who have died while serving our country.


There have been NO (0) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Friday, 5-14-21.


As of 9AM today, May 17

Montgomery cases: 1268

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  35

Rocky Hill deaths: 1


Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

322    <20

212   20-29

148    30-39

204    40-49

179    50-59

122    60-69

44      70-79

72      80+


1303 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 1262 presumed recovered a

– 16 currently ill

– 25 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/