8-14: Business PPE Program, School Supply Drive, Montgomery’s Michael Petrane in Concert, Case Report

Posted on August 14, 2020

Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program

The first phase of the New Jersey Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program has been announced, designed to ensure that the State’s small businesses and non-profits have access to the fairly priced personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary to facilitate safe working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The phase was approved by the NJEDA’s Board today, advancing this initial step of a $15 million initiative to address ongoing demand for PPE.

For more information, go to covid19.nj.gov/ppe

NJ Legislature District 16
Back-to-School Virtual Drive

Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker and Assemblyman Roy Freiman are conducting a Virtual School Supplies Drive. It is an easy, COVID safe, and personalized way to support the school district of your choice. All that is required is a small act of kindness on your part.

The assemblymen have teamed up with an online donations platform called YouGiveGoods. Just go to the donations webpage https://yougivegoods.com/njlegd16-bts, choose the school district you would like to support (Montgomery Township is included), and click on SHOP to purchase the goods you would like to donate. You will be emailed a tax receipt at the time of purchase. All goods ordered online will be shipped directly to each school district after the drive ends, and the district will distribute the items to the kids in need.

The legislators have announced an ambitious goal of collecting 2,000 items by August 31st. (At time of print, there were no donations to Montgomery schools yet, so let’s change that for families in need!) Help achieve the goal and put much needed smiles on the faces of many children during these unsettling times.

Piano Man brings Joy to Montgomery Neighborhood

16-year-old Michael Petrane of Skillman performs classic rock tunes on his neighborhood street for family and friends — from a safe social distance of course. With live entertainment virtually non-existent due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a welcome diversion. NJ.com came for a visit to see a performance and meet Michael and his family.

See this video by Andre Malok | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com on the Community Showcase page of MontgomeryTogether.us at:



Note: There have been zero (0) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Wednesday, 8-12-20.

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

As of 9 am today, 8/14

NJ cases: 186,594
NJ deaths: 15,893
Somerset County cases: 5,282
Somerset County deaths: 564
Montgomery cases:  136
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 7
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

13           <20
18           20-29
19           30-39
22           40-49
26           50-59
19           60-69
6           70-79
20           80+

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

– 133 presumed recovered a

–     3 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/