5-19: One New Case; COVID Capacity Limits Lifted; Get Vaccinated for Summer; Sign Up for Rec N Crew Camp; Elks Flea Market; Virtual Nature Programs; Document Shredding; Utility Assistance Programs; Detailed COVID Report

Posted on May 19, 2021

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There was just one (1) new case in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 5-17-21. Detailed Case Report at the end of this ebulletin.


OUTDOOR AND INDOOR CAPACITY LIMITS LIFTED

Effective today, the states of New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut have lifted all capacity limits for outdoor gatherings and indoor limits for dining, gyms, salons, and other retail.  However, businesses must still enforce mask wearing and six feet of social distancing indoors.

For people who are fully vaccinated, masks are no longer required outdoors or at indoor gatherings in private homes.


GET VACCINATED FOR SUMMER!

There are many options for getting vaccinated locally as we prepare for a more normal summer. All clinics accept walk-ins, although appointments are available.

Somerset County is hosting a series of County vaccine clinics, including the Pfizer vaccine for minors as young as 12 years old.  The Pfizer vaccine will be offered today (Wednesday) and Friday from 2pm to 5:30 pm at the Somerset County Senior Wellness Center in Bridgewater.

Montgomery Township will offer the Moderna vaccine Saturday May 22 at the Otto Kaufman Community Center in Skillman for adults 18 and older.  Get additional information and more dates/locations on the Montgomery vaccination scheduling page.

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.


PRINCETON ELKS WEEKLY FLEA MARKET & THRIFT STORE

Princeton Elks Lodge 2129 is operating its Thrift Store every Friday, 1-4pm, Saturday, 9am-2pm, and Sunday 1-4pm. They are located at 354 County Road (Route 518), Skillman.

In addition, they operate a Flea Market every Saturday 9:00-2:00; Tables are $10 each (no electricity available). More info on the Princeton Elks website or by calling (609) 466-9813.

The Princeton Elks have been an important partner to the Montgomery Township Food Pantry through the pandemic. “We are grateful for the dedication of the Princeton Elks in helping to meet the food security needs of our community,” said Montgomery Township Mayor Devra Keenan.


COUNTY PARKS OFFERS VIRTUAL NATURE PROGRAMS FOR GROUPS

 “Group Outreach Programs,” sponsored by the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Science Department, are year-round educational programs featuring topics such as birding, maple sugaring, and information about butterflies, bats, bears, and more. The programs are ideal for organized groups such as libraries, senior centers, and garden clubs.

Group Outreach Programs are naturalist-presented, lecture- and discussion-based presentations that can be adapted to each group’s specifications, such as the length of the presentation, date, time, and the group’s interests. Groups can choose from one of the existing topics or suggest another topic of interest. Online presentations are available through the education center’s virtual platform or the participants’ platform.  Programs are fee-based and variable in amount.

For more information about the topics offered, click here. To schedule a program or inquire about fees, contact Kurt Bender at 908-722-1200, ext. 5332 or email kbender@scparks.org.


RE-SCHEDULED DOCUMENT SHREDDING ON SATURDAY

Somerset County has rescheduled its May Operation Secure Shred to Saturday, May 22, at the Somerset County Public Works GarageNorth County Facility located at 411 Chimney Rock Road in Bridgewater from 9am to 1pm, or until the trucks are filled. The event is a free and an easy way for residents to help guard against identity theft. The event will occur rain or shine.

Last weekend the vendor hired to do the shredding failed to arrive, forcing the postponement of the event to this Saturday.

Participants can bring up to six boxes, containers or bags of documents per visit, but they will be required to take back receptacles. Staples and paperclips do not have to be removed. Junk mail, magazines and newspapers will NOT be accepted.

To participate in secure shred, proof of Somerset County residency will be required. For a complete list of shredding events and locations, visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/shredding.


UTILITY ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) and the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) have announced that May 17-21 is “Utility Assistance Week,” dedicated to increasing residents’ awareness of the programs available to those who have fallen behind on their utility bills.

NJBPU and DCA have been working with the utilities to promote assistance and deferred payment programs for customers who have been struggling to pay their bills during the pandemic, but the total past due as of March 31, 2021 is still approximately $650 million.

The following programs are available:

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federal program that helps households at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level ($52,400 for a family of four) pay for heating costs and emergency grants to prevent service shut-offs. Call 2-1-1 to reach the LIHEAP hotline 24/7. Residents can self-screen for eligibility online or apply online.

Universal Service Fund (USF) provides a monthly credit on electric and gas bills for households at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Level ($48,470 for a family of four). Apply for USF with the LIHEAP application online, via email, or through a community based organization. Customers are automatically screened into USF and LIHEAP from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) and from the NJ Lifeline Utility Assistance Program.

Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric (PAGE) provides electric and/or gas grants of up to $700 to customers with overdue balances. Households up to the state median income are eligible (income up to $123,430 for a family of four). Households that are income-eligible for LIHEAP should apply for LIHEAP first before seeking additional aid from PAGE. Households must have an overdue balance of at least $100 and should not have $15,000 or more in liquid assets. Go to www.njpoweron.org to apply online or call toll free 732-982-8710.

The Fresh Start program provides unlimited forgiveness of overdue electric and or gas bill balances for first-time USF participants. Fresh Start customers need to pay their current bills on time and in full each month for 12 consecutive months to earn full forgiveness on overdue balances. Customers with a past due balance of $60 are automatically enrolled into Fresh Start by their utility company if eligible. Fresh Start is administered by utility companies – call your utility company at the number on your bill for more information.

Lifeline Utility Assistance Program provides an annual $225 grant for electric and gas costs to seniors and the disabled. The grant appears as a credit on a utility bill or is included in a recipient’s Supplemental Security Income check. Income limits are set at less than $28,769 for a single person or at $35,270 if married. Apply with the NJSave application at www.aging.nj.gov or call the hotline at 1-800-792-9745.


DETAILED COVID CASE REPORT

There has been just one (1) new case in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Monday, 5-17-21.

 

As of 9AM today, May 19

Montgomery cases: 1264

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  35

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

319    <20

212   20-29

147    30-39

204    40-49

179    50-59

122    60-69

44      70-79

72      80+

 

1299 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 1261 presumed recovered a

– 13 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/