6-18: Zero New Cases; Health Officer Gives Pandemic Reports; No Masks for Rec N Crew Camp; Monty Clinics for all 3 Vaccines; Neena Singh Appointed to Township Committee; Car Parade and Graduation; Rent Relief Still Available; Detailed COVID Report

Posted on June 18, 2021

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been zero (0) new cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 6-16-21. In addition, there were zero (0) cases for the entire last week, the first time that has happened since exactly one year ago. Detailed Case Report at the end of this ebulletin.


HEALTH OFFICER & MAYOR PRAISE PANDEMIC RESPONSE

Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey last night told the Township Committee that Montgomery is doing extremely well in terms of its pandemic response and has come through the health crisis better than most towns.

In a presentation that compared Montgomery to other communities, Ms. Carey showed that the COVID-19 infection rate was less than half the statewide average, and that residents have been quick to get vaccinated against the disease. As of this week, over than 80% of adults in Montgomery have had at least one dose of vaccine.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our health department for its effective response to this public health crisis, and also of our residents who have taken the warnings seriously and embraced the COVID-19 vaccines,” said Montgomery Township Mayor Devra Keenan.


NO MASKS REQUIRED OUTDOORS AT REC N CREW CAMP

Last week the Governor’s office announced new camp guidelines that allow youth campers to go without masks outdoors regardless of vaccination status.  However, when indoors, masks are still required unless children are eating or drinking.

Montgomery’s Rec N Crew camp starts one week from today, and the Recreation Department is determined to make this camp season as safe and fun as possible. Please contact John Groeger at jgroeger@twp.montgomery.nj.us or call 609-466-3023 if you have any questions or concerns about Rec N Crew camp.

Camp lasts 6 1/2 weeks beginning Wednesday, June 23 and ending Friday, 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 Montgomery 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 cost of basic camp is $600, with an additional charge of $125 for pre-camp and $250 for post-camp.  All prices are for the full 61/2 weeks of camp.  After June 22 there will be a $25.00 late fee, so sign up today!  Register at https://register.communitypass.net/Montgomery   We look forward to seeing your children this summer!


MONTGOMERY OFFERING ALL THREE VACCINES

With 83% of Montgomery adults now vaccinated, the Montgomery Township Health Department will aim even higher by offering clinics for each of the three vaccines over the next two weeks.

  • Montgomery will offer the Moderna vaccine Saturday, June 19th, from 9am-noon at the Otto Kaufman Community Center and on June 25th from 3pm to 7pm at the Pike Run Clubhouse.
  • The Pfizer vaccine will be offered to persons 12 and older June 24 from 5-8pm at Montgomery High School.
  • The Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine will be offered at the Montgomery Farmer’s Market at the Village Shoppes Saturday June 26th from 9am-noon and at the Elks Club June 28th from 5-7pm.

All clinics are open to walk-ins, but it is also possible to make an appointment. Visit the Montgomery website for a complete list of clinics. The Pfizer vaccine is available for ages 12 and older, while the Moderna and J&J vaccines are for 18 and older.


TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE APPOINTS NEENA SINGH AS NEW MEMBER

Committeeperson Neena Singh

The Montgomery Township Committee last night selected Neena Singh to join the governing body at by a unanimous vote of 4-0. Following state law for mid-term vacancies, Ms. Singh was one of three nominees offered by the Montgomery Democratic Organization to replace former Committeeperson Catherine Gural, who recently resigned her position.

After the vote, Ms. Singh immediately took her chair and participated in the rest of the regularly scheduled virtual meeting.


 

HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR CAR PARADE AND GRADUATION

Monday evening, graduating seniors of Montgomery High School held a “Car Parade” as a COVID-safe way to celebrate the milestone of completing high school during a historic public health crisis.

Mayor Devra Keenan was among the judges who selected Car #19 (shown above) as the best decorated vehicle.  The winners included Carli Resta, Alexis Krowiak, Amanda Krowiak, Maddie Schmelzer, and Zach Feola.

Classes ended today for Montgomery schools and the seniors graduate tonight.


RENTAL RELIEF STILL AVAILABLE

Renter relief funds from the Emergency Rental Relief Program (ERRP) are still available for eligible Somerset County families who are having trouble paying their rent because of a COVID-related loss of income.

Recently, ERRP income limits and the amount of funds were increased for eligible families from the lesser of $3,000 or three months’ rent to the lesser of $6,000 or six months’ rent. Applicants who are eligible for funding to help offset their owed rent will have their aide amount paid directly to landlords through a partnership with Somerset County Social Services.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a resident of any Somerset County municipality (except Franklin Township) and have a current lease or rent agreement. They must also have a household income limits below $69,000 for single person households, $78,900 for two person households, and 88,700 for three person households. Limits are higher for larger families.

To receive assistance, applicants must complete an application and submit the required documentation.  To apply or review eligibility rules, visit the county website.


DETAILED COVID CASE REPORT

There have been no (0) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Wednesday, 6-16-21.

As of 9AM today, June 18

Montgomery cases: 1274

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  35

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

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<strong>Age </strong><strong>Ranges of Cases in Montgomery &amp; Rocky Hill:</strong>

322    &lt;20

213   20-29

149    30-39

206    40-49

180   50-59

122    60-69

44    70-79

73    80+

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1309 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

–  1283 presumed recovered<sup> a</sup>

– 1 currently ill

– 25 fatalities

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<sup>a</sup> “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: <a href=”https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/”>https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/</a>, <a href=”https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml”> State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart</a> , and <a href=”https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/”>https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/</a>

Testing Site info found at: <a href=”https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/”>https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/</a>