Daily Case Count 4/06 & Statement Condemning Zoom-bombing of Public Mtg.

Posted on April 6, 2020

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

 

As of 9 am today, 4/6, Montgomery Twp. has:

Total Cases:  29

Total Deaths: 0

Total Recovered: 9

Rocky Hill has 3 cases

Age Ranges of cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

2             <20
7             20-29
4             30-39
4             40-49
6             50-59
7            60-69
2             70-79
0             >79

Total 32 cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill, up 2 since yesterday.

These 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 more information, go to the Health Dept.’s COVID-19 portal at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/  It has a link to the State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart.  Also see: Somerset County map with counts by town. For a global perspective, go to: 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.

 

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Statement Condemning “Zoombombing” during April 2 Twp. Committee Meeting

Dear Community Members,

With guidance and support from the state government, we moved our Township Committee meetings online to the Zoom platform in the middle of March. It is our desire to keep this as interactive a process as possible and thus we allowed commenting through Zoom. Although this went very well for our March 19th meeting, our April 2nd meeting was marred by unknown person(s) who hijacked the platform to briefly display racist and sexually explicit content. This is part of a global problem that is occurring on the Zoom platform, as recently reported in the New York Times.

Though we removed the abusive content and account as quickly as possible, we regret any distress this may have caused and want to express in the strongest terms that we do not tolerate racism or sexual harassment of any kind. It is a sad reality that these sorts of incidents are common as the scourge of prejudice and hatred persists even in the midst of a public health emergency.

We would like the public to know that we are pursuing this matter through all possible legal avenues and have also updated our security protocols. Please be in touch if you have questions or concerns about this matter.

Montgomery Township Committee
Mayor Sadaf Jaffer
Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner
Catherine Gural
Devra Keenan
Kent Huang

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Get Close to Nature…while practicing social distancing!

We understand that the social distancing guidance may leave you feeling cooped up in the house. The Recreation department would like to remind you thatour pathways and parks are still open for you to enjoy! Spring has arrived and trees and flowers are beginning to bloom, so grab your sweatshirt, walking shoes and get some Vitamin N(ature)!  Being outside in nature is a known stress reducer, so take a break from chores and staring at computer screens to explore Montgomery’s natural beauty.

It’s Spring and the nesting birds are back at Hobler Park and the pathways near Stonebridge, so bring your binoculars!  For novice birdwatchers, bring your smartphone and check out the free Audubon Bird Guide app (or other app of your choice) to identify birds by their song, color pattern, or silhouette.

Go for a brisk walk or jog around the pathways at Montgomery Veterans Park and Van Horne Park!  Keep track of your times and see if you can match or beat the previous days’ time.  Take time to learn about one new native species at the Arboretum of Native Flora each day.

Take a walk among the planets – check out the Solar System pathway between Orchard Hill Elementary and Lower Middle School.  Each planet is featured, and the signs are spaced proportionally along the pathway to represent their relative distance in the solar system.

Enjoy the outdoors, but protect yourself and your community by maintaining at least 6-feet separation from others, and please don’t congregate in groups! Stop the spread!

Maps of the Township’s parks and pathways can be accessed on the Township’s website:  https://recreation.montgomery.nj.us/parks/

The Montgomery Friends of Open Space offers a highlight of Montgomery and Rocky Hill’s shared Van Horne Park at : https://montgomeryfriends.org/about-us/our-trails/van-horne-park/

To prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Montgomery Township playground apparatus (swings, climbing sets, zip lines, etc.) is closed until further notice.  The purpose is to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus through contact with contaminated surfaces and as a social distancing measure.  Private communities with playgrounds are encouraged to implement similar precautions.

Health Officer Stephanie Carey would like to remind everyone to always wear a mask in public environments.  See CDC ‘do it yourself’ cloth face coverings guidance at:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

 

Source: Montgomery Twp. Information