Bayonne COVD-19 recoveries surpass number of sick residents

Testing at Veterans Stadium has concluded, and residents will now be tested at home

Entering Phase 2 of NJ's reopening, Bayonne COVID-19 recoveries climb.
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Entering Phase 2 of NJ's reopening, Bayonne COVID-19 recoveries climb.

Bayonne now has more residents who have recovered from COVID-19 than who are still sick with the virus as of June 10.

According to the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management (OEM), 538 residents have tested positive for COVID-19, and 547 have recovered and have been cleared of the virus per CDC protocol.

OEM also said that there have been no additional deaths due to COVID-19 on June 10. In total, 73 residents have died of the virus.

The number of residents sick with COVID-19 has been declining for the past few weeks.

“We have dropped below 600 residents that are currently positive,” according to OEM on June 4. “We haven’t had a number this low since April 23rd.”

That same day, it was announced only two COVID-19 patients remained at Bayonne Medical Center. This means nearly all residents with COVID-19 are recovering at home.

According to OEM, the number of positive residents continues to decline, even as testing opportunities have increased.

Testing widely available

Drive-thru testing at Veterans Stadium by Bayonne Medical Center has also ceased, OEM announced.

“Anyone getting an appointment for a test by a Bayonne physician by the Bayonne Medical Center, will be tested on their property,” according to OEM.

Meanwhile, the uptown RiteAid has COVID-19 testing.

The RiteAid, 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 as well.

OEM has advised residents to dial 2-1-1 for a list of testing sites throughout the state.

Senior testing

The ongoing testing of senior congregate housing is offered to asymptomatic and symptomatic residents by Bayonne Medical Center.

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 senior residences 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.

While senior testing is still ongoing, Gov. Phil Murphy has entered New Jersey into the second phase of the reopening. Bayonne appears to be in a good position to hit the ground running.

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