Municipalities across the nation have employed widespread COVID-19 testing as one of the primary means of stopping the spread of the virus. Bayonne now plans to test residents in all senior citizen housing.
City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski made the announcement at the May 13 council meeting.
Residents in all senior buildings will be tested for for free, starting at 50th Street. Ashe-Nadrowski said the testing will then move to 2nd Street, followed by 21st Street, and 135 and 137 Avenue A.
The senior center at 74 Lexington Ave and the YMCA will also be tested. Ashe-Nadrowski said that even though the buildings aren’t city housing, they are still a senior residence with a high risk of COVID-19 spread.
The testing will occur one building at a time, with 40 people per session. Residents preregister and are given masks afterward if they didn’t have one. Ashe-Nadrowski said that the appointments are no-contact and conducted safely.
The free testing was set up through the Executive Director of the Bayonne Housing Authority John Mahon and the Chief Medical Officer of CarePoint Medical Group and CEO of Bayonne Medical Center (BMC) Dr. Vijay Singh.
Testing sites for the rest of Bayonne
Ashe-Nadrowski reminded residents of the other COVID-19 testing sites in the city.
At the RiteAid at 54th Street and Broadway, testing will be free for all residents and will be conducted via drive-thru. Residents must be over the age of 18.
Visit riteaid.com to register. Residents do not need to be symptomatic, nor do they need a prescription at the RiteAid site.
Ashe-Nadrowski said the test is a no-contact, self-swab test.
Testing is currently open to symptomatic patients of all doctors in the city at BMC’s drive-thru testing site at Don Ahern Veterans Stadium near 25th Street and Avenue A.
Only symptomatic patients with a valid appointment will be tested at the Veterans Stadium site. Testing is available during the week from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Ashe-Nadrowski reiterated that CityMD is conducting antibody tests.
The test will cost $55 for those without insurance. BMC is conducting antibody testing by appointment.
Short and to the point
The city council also addressed a number of financial agreements.
It approved a $9,523,809 short-term loan with the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank for the construction of pedestrian bridges over Route 440. The rest of the funds required from the project will be paid for by nearby developers in return for tax abatements on their developments.
Also approved was a redevelopment agreement with Bayview JC LLC, designating the company as the redeveloper at the site of the former A&P and Dugan lots at 175 Avenue A.
Notably absent from the meeting was Councilman Gary La Pelusa, who recently lost his wife and prominent resident Cherie La Pelusa to COVID-19.
No members of the public spoke at the meeting, which lasted only 20 minutes, with virtually no technical glitches.
The next meeting is the council caucus meeting on June 10 and the regular council meeting on June 17 via TetherView. To watch the stream, residents must first register via the link on the calendar of the city’s website at www.bayonnenj.org.
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