Daily Case Count 4/11, Antibody Testing: A Magic Bullet? Masks Now Required

Posted on April 11, 2020

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

 

As of 9 am today, 4/11:

NJ cases: 58,151

NJ deaths: 2,183

Somerset County cases: 1,549

Somerset County deaths: 76

Montgomery Cases:  45

Montgomery Deaths: 0

Rocky Hill Cases: 3

Rocky Hill Deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

2          <20

9          20-29

8          30-39

6          40-49

9          50-59

10        60-69

2          70-79

2          >79

Total 48 cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill

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 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.


 

IMPORTANT HEALTH DEPARTMENT REMINDERS

Letter from Health Officer on Antibody Testing

Letter to the Montgomery Community from Health Officer Stephanie Carey:

I want to address speculation that new antibody testing is the magic bullet to get life back to “normal.” There is even internet misinformation that we should intentionally infect ourselves to become immune.

Such statements are at best premature speculation and at worst dangerous misinformation.

Scientists just don’t know how high a level of antibodies would be protective, how long they would last, or if they would prevent reinfection at all.  Researchers across the country and the world are urgently seeking the answer.  In other viruses, antibodies’ protection ranges from lifelong (like chicken pox) to no protection at all (Like HIV).  Antibody research will give us answers, but it will take time.

Self-infection would be completely ill-advised.  Would yours be a “mild” case (mild includes spiking fevers, hallucinations, and feeling like a truck is parked on your chest)? Or will you be unlucky enough to need hospitalization, when hospital workers and resources are being pushed to the breaking point?

See Scientific American article:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-immunity-to-covid-19-really-means/

I want to thank our residents for their amazing patience, cooperation and sacrifices for their own health and that of our community at this highly difficult time. It will not be forever. You ARE saving lives and flattening the curve by staying home.  Thanks again for being an important part of the solution by your behaviors. We will get through this together!

Other Reminders:

 


Shoppers Must Now Wear Masks; Where to Get Them

As of Friday night, if shopping for food or other essential items, you must wear a mask. That requirement was part of Gov. Phil Murphy. Exec. Order 122 on Wednesday, a further effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus that has killed 2,183 New Jersey residents as of Saturday, up from 1,500 on Wednesday.

A statewide stay-at-home order is in place, but residents are allowed to leave their homes for essential tasks such as grocery shopping or to pick up medications.

The order requiring face coverings for customers was part of the Governor’s order on Wednesday that increased restrictions at essential retail establishments, such as grocery stores.

The face coverings do not have to be surgical masks or the N95 masks that are critical for health care workers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has encouraged Americans to wear cloth masks or face coverings while in public and gives instructions for DIY cloth masks.

There are ways to find a mask.  ShopRite is selling surgical-type disposable masks for $1.00 at the entrance. A scarf, or infinity scarf, wrapped several times around the nose, mouth, and chin is acceptable.  Make-shift masks are being made from old t-shirts, brassieres, and even the elastic from bungee cords.

A group in Somerset calling itself the Mask Squad, is sewing cloth masks and includes instructions on its website on how to do so (volunteer sewers and material donations also wanted.)  Check out https://themasksquad.com/ – instructions on sewing at: https://themasksquad.com/design-resources/

MSN also offered some simple instructions on how to make your own mask.

NOTE: The primary purpose of the make-shift or even surgical mask is not protection from virus particles, which may not be filtered.  Six foot social distancing is still a minimum requirement.  The primary purpose is to catch your own sneezes, coughs and vapor droplets from going out into the air towards other people or landing on foods and other objects.

 


HELPLINES

For general information & basic needs, dial 211

NJ Suicide Helpline 1-855-654-6735 or Lifeline Chat

Live help on COVID-19 information. Speak to a healthcare professional at 1-800-962-1253

Alerts/updates, text NJCOVID to 898-211

COVID Line Montgomery Health Dept. (908) 533-9319

Child Care Help Line 1-800-332-9227

Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-572-7233

NJ Mental Health Cares Talk Line 877-294-HELP (4357) M-F 8 am – 8 pm
Email:
https://www.njmentalhealthcares.org/contact/

Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services (PESS), Somerville (24 hr.): 908-526-4100

Veteran’s Counseling Hotline 1-866-838-7654

Somerset County’s Contacts for Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault & Child Abuse – https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/affiliated-agencies/prosecutor-s-office/victim-witness/contacts-support

DRUG AND ALCOHOL:

Poison Control Center (800) 222-1222

NJ Drug Addiction Helpline 1-844-REACHNJ

Drug and Alcohol Assistance and Treatment Referrals 1-844-276-2777

Addiction Hotline 1-800-238-2333