7-29: Contact Tracing, Flags for Heroes ‘20, Outdoor Movie Nights, Virtual Butterfly Fest Sat., Case Report

Posted on July 29, 2020

Answer the call to slow the spread

The New Jersey Dept. of Health is reporting that the overall transmission rate of covid-19 has increased above 1.0 again. This means that on average, each infected person is infecting more than 1 other person before recovering from the disease. The State currently has travel advisories for 36 other states and districts/territories where COVID-19 is on the rise. How do we keep the virus contained locally?

Montgomery Township Health Department is working hard to slow the spread of COVID-19. But we can’t succeed without everyone’s cooperation.

A few minutes of your time can save the lives of those around you.

In addition to social distancing, self-quarantining when sick, and wearing a mask, one of the best tools we have is contact tracing.

If you have been exposed and you live in Montgomery Township, the Montgomery Health Dept. will be informed by your healthcare provider/testing lab. We will call you and ask you to self-quarantine at home based on when you were exposed. Please help us slow transmission by answering the call to slow the spread.

We are finding recently that some case reports are being received late enough that most of the quarantine period has past.  Prompt self-quarantine and prompt notification of probable cases allows the Health Department to start tracing ASAP to prevent related exposures before they can happen.

Be part of the solution. Self-quarantine when ill.  Answer calls from the Montgomery Health Department.  Call our COVID-19 hotline at 908-533-9319 with any questions. Thank you!


Rotary Club Sept. 1-13

Flags for Heroes is designed to honor and recognize the many heroes in our lives and to lift the spirits of those who pass by or visit.  This could be a family member, teacher, veteran, first responder, healthcare or essential worker.

Sponsoring a flag in your hero’s name during Flags for Heroes is an opportunity to recognize the importance of others’ selfless contributions and to be thankful for the impact they have made. Heroes are everywhere around us including family members, teachers, healthcare workers, veterans, grocery store workers, first responders, delivery drivers, postal workers, mom & pop restauranteurs, caregivers, and so many more! Honor Your Hero!  More at www.montgomeryrotary.org or in flier below:




Somerset County Library System has announced two outdoor movie nights to be held on library lawns in August, with social distancing restrictions.  Please first read important details in their press release HERE.  Movies, dates, times, and locations are as follows:

Outdoor Family Movie Night: “Toy Story 4” 

Outdoor Family Movie Night: “Frozen II”

The Somerset Patriots team is also hosting several movie nights on their ball field in Somerset, including tonight (Spies in Disguise), tomorrow night (The Princess Bride), and August 6th (Ice Age).  There is a charge per person and masks are required.  Bring blankets and chairs, the field will be set up for social distancing. More info and ticket purchase at: https://somersetpatriots.com/schedule/summermovies/

These and other area events which may be of interest to Montgomery residents are found on the Montgomery Twp. website’s community calendar at: https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/calendars/comcalendar/

(Virtual & Free!)

Get your wings out for the 20th annual Watershed Butterfly Festival! Every year The Watershed Institute of Pennington celebrates this day of family fun to share the joys and wonders of nature. Sadly, they cannot hold the festival in person this year but are bringing the event to you virtually instead. Join them on Aug. 1 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. for this free online event (and don’t forget to wear a butterfly costume!)

You will be treated to a live tour of the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House with Education Director Jeff Hoagland, storytelling, live music and sing-alongs, a special appearance by Lady Monarch Miss Allison, and a showcase of Butterfly Chalk art and photos of some of their biggest fans in their butterfly finery.

Any proceeds from this event help sustain work in environmental conservation, advocacy, science, and education. The Watershed Institute is a member-supported non-profit dedicated to protecting and restoring clean water and healthy environments in central New Jersey.

Follow link below for more info and to find the link to participate Saturday (Note: To participate, you must first open a free account at Zoom.us ):


Learn about other area non-profit virtual events and children’s activities, as well as community-building initiatives at MontgomeryTogether.us



Note: There have been two (2) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Mon., 7-27-20 (spread across the age ranges).

The Montgomery Health Dept. is monitoring travelers from out-of-state ‘hot spots’ for self-quarantine.

As of 9 am today, 7/29

NJ cases: 180,766
NJ deaths: 15,798
Somerset County cases: 5,163
Somerset County deaths: 553
Montgomery cases:  134
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

13        <20
16        20-29
19        30-39
22        40-49
26        50-59
19        60-69
5        70-79
20        80+

140 confirmed and probably cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 123 presumed recovered a
–   10 currently ill
–     7 fatalities

a “Presumed recovered” means 30 days have elapsed since individual’s diagnosis and the person is not hospitalized.

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/

*****DISCLAIMER***** Reported numbers on this page may not match the figures provided on the Somerset County page.  This is due to differences in reporting times.

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/