6-2: One New Case; Mask Rules Change Again; Clinics Offer Pfizer & Moderna Vaccines; Township Publishes Newsletter; Mayor Leads Walk on Trails Day; Recycling & Donation Event; Voting for June 8 Primary; Detailed COVID ReportPosted on June 2, 2021
TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY
There was one (1) new case in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report five days ago on Friday, 5-28-21. Detailed Case Report at the end of this ebulletin.
MASK RULES CHANGING AGAIN
Just before Memorial Day, New Jersey ended the mask mandate for vaccinated individuals, outdoors and in most indoor locations. This Friday, New Jersey will go another step by allowing businesses to have employees work maskless if they’ve been vaccinated for the coronavirus, while people who have been working remotely may now be called back to the office under new orders from Governor Phil Murphy.
Masks will still be required indoors in health care settings, in schools and summer camps, and on public transportation.
Importantly, businesses still have the option to require employees and customers to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. The Montgomery’s Health Department continues to recommend indoor masking in public places given the fact that children under 12 are unvaccinated, and about one-third of adults locally are not yet fully vaccinated.
“Do what you want, do what you love, but if you are in a room with people whose vaccination status is unknown to you, wear a mask,” said Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey.
TOWNSHIP VACCINE CLINICS THURSDAY AND SATURDAY
The Montgomery Health Department will hold vaccine clinics this week at the Montgomery High School tomorrow from 5 to 8pm, and Saturday at the Otto Kaufman Center from 9am to noon.
Thursday’s clinic will offer the Pfizer vaccine in partnership with the Montgomery Township School District and Penn Medicine. While open to everyone, the clinic is designed to facilitate vaccinations for students as young as age 12. Online registration will be first-come, first-served through the New Jersey’s Vaccine Scheduling System.
Saturday’s clinic will offer the Moderna vaccine to anyone 18 and older. Appointments are available, but walk-ins are accepted as well. To sign up for Saturday’s clinic, visit the Montgomery health department website.
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 2-1-1 to arrange a ride. For more help, call Somerset County’s COVID Hotline at (908) 231-7155.
SUMMER TOWNSHIP NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED
The Montgomery Township summer newsletter has just been published as an insert in the June issue of the Montgomery News. It is also available electronically on the township website.
Major topics include a summary of the 2021 municipal budget, an update on efforts to vaccinate residents against the COVID-19 virus, and upcoming activities and events.
JOIN MAYOR ON A TRAILS DAY WALK
Committeeperson Kent Huang and Mayor Devra Keenan will lead a trail walk Saturday.
On National Trails Day, Saturday June 5th, Montgomery will celebrate its newest trail, between the playground near the current municipal building on Route 206 and Montgomery Veterans Park on Harlingen Road. Montgomery Mayor Devra Keenan and Committeeperson Kent Huang will lead walks along the trail, at noon and 1pm.
In light of the relaxed public health guidance for outdoor activities, masks will no longer be required on this walk, and participation is unlimited. Therefore, it is not necessary to pre-register. Residents are encouraged to simply show up behind the municipal building at the appointed times to participate.
The one-mile trail meanders through a wooded area and crosses Pike Brook over a handsome new pedestrian bridge (shown above). Most of the trail is paved or hard gravel, making it accessible. The walk ends with a short overview of the Veterans Memorial, presented by a member of our local Veterans Committee. You can continue walking the paths at the park, bring a picnic to enjoy, spend time at the playground, and walk back at your own pace.
JUNE 8 PRIMARY ELECTION HAS SOME NEW POLLING LOCATIONS
Some Montgomery Township voters will be voting from new locations during the New Jersey primary election on June 8.
District 2 has been moved from the Blawenburg Fire Company to Otto Kaufmann Community Center. District 8 has been moved from the EMS Building to the Montgomery Evangelical Free Church. Districts 16 & 19 have been moved from the Cherry Valley Country Club to the Princeton Elks. All other locations are unchanged.
A complete list of voting locations is available on the Montgomery Township website. Montgomery Township Clerk Donna Kukla advises residents to inspect their sample ballot to confirm the location where they are voting.
“HARD-TO-RECYCLE” AND DONATION EVENT ON JUNE 13
The Montgomery Township Environmental Commission is hosting a delayed Earth Day donation and recycling event on June 13 from 11AM to 2PM at Skillman Park at 100 Main Boulevard in Skillman. Participants can drive-through and stop at the various “stations” to drop off donated and hard-to-recycle items.
- Expired/unwanted medications (courtesy of the Somerset County Sheriff)
- Metal (courtesy of Klein Recycling)
- Paper shredding for sensitive documents (no newspapers, 3 ring binders or bulldog clips; paper clips and staples are ok)
- Printer cartridges (courtesy of Technician X)
- Children’s books (to benefit Carolyn Stokes preschool of Trenton)
- Clothes (to benefit Rescue Mission of Trenton& Dress for Success)
- Golf clubs (to benefit First Tee of Trenton)
- Household items (to benefit Rescue Mission of Trenton)
- Plastic Flower Pots (courtesy of Shade Tree Committee)
- School supplies, new and gently used (for upcycling by the Montgomery High School Environmental Club)
- Sneakers and athletic shoes (to benefit The MORE Foundation)
- Tennis equipment (to benefit NJTL of Trenton)
All participants are asked to bring food and household items to donate to the Montgomery Food Pantry, which especially needs pasta, pasta sauce, fruit bars, granola bars, mayonnaise, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, and more.
DETAILED COVID CASE REPORT
There has been one (1) new case in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Friday, 5-28-21.
As of 9AM today, June 2
Montgomery cases: 1273
Montgomery deaths: 24
Rocky Hill cases: 35
Rocky Hill deaths: 1
Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:
1308 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:
– 1280 presumed recovered
– 3 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.
Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/