Case Count 5-14; Governor’s Order Lifts Some Restrictions; Girl Scout Shows Caring for Seniors; Forum MondayPosted on May 14, 2020
TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT
As of 9 am today, 5/14:
NJ cases: 142,704
NJ deaths: 9,946
Somerset County cases: 4,159
Somerset County deaths: 348
Montgomery cases: 99
Montgomery deaths: 5
Montgomery presumed recovered: 60 a
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0
Rocky Hill presumed recovered: 5 a
Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:
Total 105 cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill
a “Presumed recovered” means 30 days have elapsed since individual’s diagnosis and the person is not hospitalized.
The above numbers represent a snapshot in time, and will change daily or even hourly as new data come in. We are including both laboratory-confirmed cases, and probable cases, meaning cases believed to have COVID-19 based on symptoms and exposure to confirmed cases (identified via contact tracing), but who cannot yet qualify for testing at this time. If you are experiencing cough and fever, you should isolate yourself from well family members, and stay home until 3 days after your symptoms resolve without medications. If your symptoms worsen, contact your health care provider for a telemedicine consultation. We continue to stress the importance of washing hands, maintaining social distancing, and staying home.
*****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/.
GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER ALLOWS MORE CONSTRUCTION, BUSINESS OPERATIONS, AND DRIVE-THRU EVENTS
Governor Phil Murphy yesterday signed Executive Order No. 142, permitting the resumption of non-essential construction, curbside pickup at non-essential retail businesses, and car gatherings for the purpose of drive-through and drive-in events. The construction and non-essential retail provisions will take effect at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18, while the car gatherings provision will take effect immediately.
GIRL SCOUT SHOWS CARING FOR SENIORS BY MASK PROJECT
Gianna Schembari’s Silver Award Girl Scout project started out as an idea to get more community members to volunteer at nursing homes. She was thinking about her own grandmother. But when the COVID-19 pandemic reached our area, continuing her project became a major challenge. Gianna could not meet with younger Girl Scouts troops or any other community members to get them involved in volunteering. She could not even visit the nursing home residents. What could she do?
The Director of Activities at Stonebridge at Montgomery Senior Living, Angie Santos, had an idea. She asked if Gianna could organize a mask sewing project for the residents at Stonebridge, at a time when mask shortages were severe and disposable masks were all needed for medical staff and first responders.
Gianna’s Silver project became a community-wide mask-making effort, culminating in two April deliveries to Stonebridge, which totaled 318 masks. Reusable, washable, durable masks were provided to every resident in 308 units (~196 Independent Living and 112 healthcare residents) with 10 extra masks to boot!
According to Angie Santos, “Gianna went above and beyond by reaching out to the community and providing us with over 300 masks for our residents. It was such a beautiful thing for her to do.” The residents were also touched by this kind gesture. “For many of our residents it brought back memories of when their own children were involved in Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts and it engaged them on a personal level with a trip down memory lane,” she added. The residents reached out to Gianna with Thank You cards and notes to express their gratitude.
Besides making masks herself, Gianna, an 8th grade Cadette in Montgomery Girl Scout Troop 61027, educated others about how to sew masks. She created a detailed, step-by-step sewing instructional video (https://youtu.be/f78BrJJg2_c) and provided mask templates to anyone interested. She and her mother Stacy put out the call to help Stonebridge residents on several local Facebook groups and set up a drop box at their home. She received home-made mask donations from many individuals and groups in town (including the Heathermede neighborhood, highlighted in the May 6th Twp. Ebulletin). A family saw her posts and also donated 200 N95 masks directly to Stonebridge for its staff.
Stonebridge has also been working with Somerset County OEM for some time to assist in provision of personal protective equipment or PPE, including disposable N95 and surgical masks and gloves, for at-risk individuals and medical staff. PPE materials have also been allocated to Stonebridge through Montgomery Twp. OEM.
“This project to provide durable masks to Stonebridge residents saves disposable mask resources for at-risk individuals and medical staff. Gianna’s efforts have been tremendously helpful,” said Montgomery Twp. OEM Officer Sean Devlin.
Gianna made two deliveries in April of a total of 318 sewn masks to the Stonebridge doorstep for Ms. Santos to pick up, carefully observing social distancing measures. (See photos.)
When asked about her work, Gianna said, “I have been volunteering at nursing homes since I was a Brownie in second grade, under the Hearts of Service program. When my 90-year of Nonna first went to a nursing home a couple of years back, I got more involved with volunteering because I realized how happy visitors make the residents. When the Director of Activities at Stonebridge reached out to me, I didn’t even have to think twice. Without the support and help of our community and our Girl Scout organization, I truly would not have been able to complete this task.”
COVID-19 COMMUNITY FORUM
Monday, May 18 @ 7 PM
Join us live on Monday May 18th from 7-8 pm when Montgomery municipal leaders will address questions on the state of affairs in town during the COVID-19 emergency with the latest information and answers.
Civic representatives and news media will ask questions of a panel of local officials for discussion during the forum. The panel will include Mayor Sadaf Jaffer, Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner, Twp. Admin. Donato Nieman, Asst. Twp. Admin./CFO Michael Pitts, Police Dir. James Gill, Health Officer Stephanie Carey, Board of Health Pres. Dr. Jeremy Grayson, Twp. Att. Kevin Van Hise, Acting Super. of Schools Mary McLoughlin, and Board of Education Pres. Joanne Tonkin.
Watch Live on Comcast Cable Channel 29 or the Twp. Video webpage at: https://montgomerynj.swagit.com/live
All residents are welcomed to submit questions electronically to MontgomeryTogether@twp.montgomery.nj.us or dial in:+1 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 899 2555 2470