9-18: Election Info Update, Spotted Lanternfly Control, Case Report

Posted on September 18, 2020

Updated Voter Information

The Somerset County Clerks Office and the Somerset County Board of Elections have released updated voter information for the 2020 General Election.  These releases include details on the methods of casting ballots and a list of all 13 Ballot Drop-off Box locations throughout the county,  which includes the Montgomery Township Municipal Building, 2261 Rt. 206, Belle Mead, NJ 08502. It is highly recommended this year that voters return ballots as soon as they are able.

Please read the following Somerset County releases:

2020 GENERAL ELECTION VOTING PROCEDURES (updated 9-17-20)

BOARD OF ELECTIONS ADDS 14 POLLS & 8 BALLOT DROP BOX LOCATIONS (9-17-20)


WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT THE SPOTTED LANTERNFLY

 

The spotted lanternfly, an invasive fly that kills trees and crops has been found in our vicinity in New Jersey.

If you see a spotted lanternfly, report it and, kill it! Circle traps can be bought/made to protect trees.

 

Recently, the NJ Department of Agriculture added Somerset County to the State-wide quarantine list for spotted lanternfly.  The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that feeds on the sap of trees, and eventually kills them.  If you find any life stage of spotted lanternfly, you should try to destroy it. This insect is a threat to many trees and crops and we need help from everyone to try to prevent it from spreading.

While these insects do not target a single tree species (like the Emerald Ash Borer), the lanternfly is known to strongly prefer the “Tree of Heaven” (Ailanthus altissima).  The potential level of destruction for our community’s trees and forests is devastating.

We request that you consider removing any Ailanthus trees on your property because they serve to bolster the lanternfly population.

If you have any questions about identifying a lanternfly, or Ailanthus trees, please see accompanying photos or links below.

For photos and more information:

https://njaes.rutgers.edu/spotted-lanternfly/

Video on how to control invasive Ailanthus trees:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKLW2TXS1jg

Why you should control Ailanthus trees:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttBdl6OWFq4&feature=emb_rel_end


– The Montgomery Twp. Shade Tree Committee & Environmental Commission


TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

 

Note: There have been two (2) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Wednesday, 9-16-20.

As of 9 am today, 9-18

NJ cases: 198,361
NJ deaths: 16,057
Somerset County cases: 5,629
Somerset County deaths: 568
Montgomery cases:  165
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

21       <20
23       20-29
18       30-39
26       40-49
37       50-59
24       60-69
4        70-79
18       80+

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

– 151 presumed recovereda

–   13 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/