Please encourage your friends and neighbors to sign up to receive this newsletter and other municipal announcements.

Princeton Newsletter/COVID-19 Update
from Mayor Freda and Princeton Council

Thursday, January 14, 2021
Vaccine Distribution Information
Information and updates on vaccine distribution change frequently. We will try to provide you with the most up-to-date information in this newsletter. We also post updates on the town website.

At this time, vaccine supply remains limited and local health departments in Mercer County are still in the process of vaccinating community healthcare workers and first responders. The Princeton Health Department, in partnership with the Mercer County Health Officers Association, will continue to run localized vaccine clinics until larger sites open in the coming weeks. 
 
The Princeton Health Department has received 800 doses of the Moderna vaccine to date. 500 doses were administered during two clinic sessions to healthcare workers and front line emergency responders. Next week, 300 doses will be administered to healthcare workers, individuals 65 and older, and individuals meeting CDC criteria for preexisting medical conditions which put them at increased risk of severe illness from the virus. As vaccines are received by the New Jersey Department of Health, the Princeton Health Department will continue to hold vaccine clinics for eligible participants. 

Princeton residents are encouraged to pre-register on the New Jersey Department of Health, COVID-19 website to determine vaccine eligibility. Additionally, in order to ensure that details about upcoming vaccine clinics are made available quickly, the Princeton Health Department has created an online waitlist where Princeton residents can provide current contact info and specify eligibility.

As the Princeton Health Department receives vaccines, they will reach out to participants on the Princeton waitlist with information on how to schedule an appointment with an upcoming clinic. 

Residents should continue to monitor both the NJ Department of Health COVID page and the Municipality of Princeton webpage for updates. 
Vaccine Clinic in a gym
Thank you Mercer County Health Officers' Association!

Thank you to the Mercer County Health Officers Association, local volunteers, school nurses and Princeton municipal staff, all of whom helped dispense 500 vaccine doses on Monday and Wednesday of this week. It is a lot of work to set up and run these clinics. A well-deserved thank you to all involved! Next week, the City of Trenton will be running a clinic for Phase 1A. If individuals falling into Phase 1A would like to receive the vaccine in Mercer County, please register online or email Princeton Health Department.
Mercer County Offering Free COVID-19 Testing
Individuals seeking a free at-home test kit should register online. Any questions can be directed to HomeTesting@mercercounty.org.

Mercer County, in partnership with Vault Health Services, will offer free COVID-19 testing on Tuesday, January 19 and Tuesday, January 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the CURE Insurance Arena, 81 Hamilton Ave., Trenton. This saliva test is available to Mercer County residents age 14 years or older and anyone employed as a first responder or health care worker in Mercer County. Bring identification showing Mercer County residency and a smartphone or tablet if you have one. No prescription is necessary. Please avoid eating, drinking, chewing gum or smoking 30 minutes prior to taking the test.


Paycheck Protection Program Re-Opening
Issues New Guidance
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will reopen the week of January 11th for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers.
This round of the PPP continues to prioritize millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $284 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses through March 31, 2021, and by allowing certain existing PPP borrowers to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan
cartoon-sneakers.jpg
Princeton Recreation Winter Programs

Princeton Recreation is offering multiple winter programs for youth, teens and adults. These include: Winter Running, Skateboard Clinic & Mindfulness Series. Learn more
NJ State Update
The deadline for the Senior Freeze property tax relief program is extended through February 1, 2021.

The Senior Freeze program is designed to "freeze" the burden of increasing real estate taxes for qualified applicants by establishing a base year of eligibility and comparing that base with any subsequent year. The difference is then refunded by the State annually. In order to qualify for the reimbursement, taxpayers must meet all the eligibility requirements for each year from the base year through the current application year. Eligibility must be continuous otherwise a new base year must be established. Learn more
Mental Health Resources: Help is Available
Help is available for those feeling stressed, anxious or depressed, those suffering from substance abuse, and victims of domestic violence. Trinity Counseling ServiceCorner House Behavioral HealthNAMI Mercer (National Alliance on Mental Illness)WomanspaceCrisis Text LineMental Health Association of New Jersey. You are not alone. More info.
Visit PrincetonCovid.org
For more information on COVID-19, including testing sites, assistance programs, and opportunities for volunteering, visit PrincetonCovid.org, a community collaboration of Princeton Public Library, the Municipality of Princeton, and Princeton Public Schools.
Upcoming Meetings and Events
Council Agenda Meeting, Jan 19, 11:00 AM More info
Council Meeting, Jan 19, 7:00 PM More info
Public Transit Advisory Committee, Jan 20, 12:00 PM More info
Library Board of Trustees, Jan 20, 6:00 PM More info
Princeton Housing Authority, Jan 20, 6:15 PM More info
Human Services Commission-LAB, Jan 20, 7:00 PM More info
Zoning Board, Jan 20, 7:30 PM More info

Municipal Offices are closed Monday, January 18 for Martin Luther King's Birthday. Trash and recycling will be collected. Free on-street/metered parking.
**Christmas Tree & brush collection continues through January 29th. Have items at the curb by 7am Monday mornings (Tuesday Jan. 19 as Monday Jan. 18 is a holiday)**

COVID-19 Case Data Status Report
Total Positive Cases: 541
Total Hospitalized: 31
Active Positive Cases: 32

19 Positive Cases in Past 7 Days
Highest 7-day total - 39 (12/12-12/18)
53 Cases in Past 14 Days
Highest 14 day total - 66 (12/8-12/21)
Isolation Completed: 488
Negative Test Results: 10303
Deaths: 18
Probable COVID Deaths: 13
Male: 252 Female: 289
Ages: <11: 30; 12 - 17: 25; 18 - 25: 73; 26-35: 69; 36-45: 81;
46-55: 78; 56-65: 63; 66-75: 25; 76-85: 36; > 86: 59

We Are All In This Together.
Mayor Mark Freda, Council President Leticia Fraga and Council members David Cohen, Dwaine Williamson, Eve Niedergang, Mia Sacks and Michelle Pirone Lambros

Municipality of Princeton | 609-924-4141| https://www.princetonnj.gov/