As the curve has flattened, Bayonne is beginning to reopen.
The Bayonne Office of Emergency Management gave a COVID-19 update on social media on June 4. According to OEM, no additional residents have died from COVID-19 as of June 4.
In total, 71 residents have died due to complications from COVID-19.
OEM said that 589 residents have tested positive for COVID-19, and 495 have recovered and been cleared of the virus per CDC protocol. Recovered patients are no longer required to self-isolate and are no longer reflected in the total number of positive cases.
“We have dropped below 600 residents that are currently positive,” according to OEM. “We haven’t had a number this low since April 23rd.”
Only two inpatients left
Only two COVID-19-positive residents are currently inpatients at Bayonne Medical Center. This means nearly all residents with COVID-19 are recovering at home.
BMC has released a chart tracking the number of COVID-19 patients plus Persons Under Investigation (PUI) from the start of the pandemic on March 17 until the present.
According to the chart, BMC had a peak of 81 patients at the height of the pandemic. However, that number plateaued to around 70 patients and remained stagnant for weeks in early April.
Meanwhile, Christ Hospital in Jersey City bore the brunt of the pandemic, peaking around 138 patients for weeks. Hoboken University Medical Center (HUMC) peaked at 124, but remained in the 100s.
Numbers are near normal at all three hospitals. As of June 4, Christ Hospital had 27 patients and HUMC had six patients. BMC has two.
According to OEM, the number of positive residents continues to decline, even as testing opportunities have increase.
Testing on the rise
BMC continues to operate a drive-thru testing site at Veterans Stadium behind Bayonne High School, near 25th Street and Avenue A. The testing is open by appointment only for symptomatic patients, from all doctors in the city. Previously, it had been only for patients from CarePoint doctors and first responders.
Testing is available during the week from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The uptown RiteAid has also started COVID-19 testing.
The RiteAid is at 54th Street and Broadway offers free testing for all residents over 18, via drive-thru.
Visit riteaid.com to register. Residents do not need to be symptomatic, nor do they need a prescription.
CityMD and Bayonne Medical Center are conducting antibody testing.
Testing of senior congregate housing is offered to asymptomatic and symptomatic residents.
Residents in all senior buildings will be tested for for free, starting at 50th Street. 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. Though the buildings aren’t city housing, they are still a senior residence with a high risk of COVID-19 spread, according to Bayonne City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski.
The testing will occur one building at a time, with 40 people per session. Residents preregister and are given masks afterward if they don’t have one. Ashe-Nadrowski said that the appointments are no-contact.
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 Dr. Vijay Singh.
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