Daily Case Count 4-16 & About Contact TracingPosted on April 16, 2020
TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT
As of 9 am today, 4/16:
NJ cases: 75,317
NJ deaths: 3,518
Somerset County cases: 1,921
Somerset County deaths: 123
Montgomery cases: 58
Montgomery deaths: 1
Rocky Hill cases: 5
Rocky Hill deaths: 0
Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:
Total 63 cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill
The above numbers represent a snapshot in time, and will change daily or even hourly as new data come in. This represents only laboratory-confirmed cases, and does not include people who are sick but unable to be tested. 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.
For further statistics, go to the Health Dept.’s COVID-19 portal: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/, Somerset County map with counts by town , 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/.
MONTGOMERY HEALTH DEPT. MESSAGE
What is Contact Tracing, and Why Do We Need it?
Our public health nurses continue to conduct contact tracing in our community. What is contact tracing and why do we need to do it? Contact tracing helps us find out who might have a contagious illness, and who might be at risk of catching it. Public Health investigators work with our residents to help keep them and those around them safe.
The Montgomery Township Health Department (MTHD) is asking people who receive Health Dept. calls to please accept or return these important calls.
Health Department officials are contacting individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 or those who have been reported as close contacts. You are urged to please return calls of Health Department officials especially if you have tested positive, or know someone who has.
These phone calls by officials will be made from a local landline or mobile phone number.
How contact tracing works
MTHD is updated daily by the New Jersey State Department of Health about newly confirmed cases of COVID-19. Then:
- The patient is contacted by phone. If we cannot reach them by phone, information is delivered to their address.
- An interview is conducted by phone with the patient regarding the disease, and education is provided about caring for themselves and family members.
- The patient provides the Health Department with a list of possible close contacts and those people are interviewed and provided education and instruction on how to reduce the spread of the virus.
- The cases (not the contacts) are followed by the Health Department until the patients meet state criteria for release of care when they are no longer contagious.
Contact tracing helps identify new cases quickly so they can be isolated to stop further spread of infection in a community. Contacts may not develop illness based on exposure level, but it is important for these calls to be accepted so that important public health information can be shared to help keep our community safe.
Thank you to all residents for your cooperation! – The Montgomery Twp. Health Dept. Staff
MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO MEET TONIGHT
There will be a meeting of the Montgomery Township Committee tonight, Thursday, April 16 at 7 PM. The members will convene by use of a video conferencing system. (See Meeting Agenda Summary.) The meeting will be broadcast live and on demand on Comcast Channel 27 and on the Township website under Meetings Videos. Those wishing to comment publicly may follow procedures and connections found in link in yellow at top of the homepage of the Montgomery Twp. website at www.twp.montgomery.nj.us.