As New Jersey continues Phase 2 of reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy has consistently said the data drives his decisions to move forward with reopening. In Bayonne, COVID-19 data continues to trend in a positive direction.
According to the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management, no residents have died from COVID-19 as of June 28.
In total, 74 residents have died from COVID-19 in the city.
OEM said that 368 residents have tested positive for COVID-19, and 751 residents have recovered and been cleared of the virus per CDC protocol.
Cases continue to decline in the city as more residents recover. On June 25, COVID-19 cases dropped below 400 in the city.
Bayonne Medical Center (BMC) reported no patients or individuals under investigation for the virus. This means all residents with COVID-19 are recovering at home.
COVID-19 case numbers in Bayonne have been trending downward throughout June. On June 10, the city had more residents who have recovered from COVID-19 than who are still sick with the virus.
According to OEM, the number of positive residents continues to decline, even as testing opportunities have increased.
Testing widely available
While some options have changed, COVID-19 testing is still widely available to Bayonne residents.
BMC’s drive-thru testing at Veterans Stadium has 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 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 BMC are conducting antibody testing as well. OEM has advised residents to dial 2-1-1 for a list of testing sites throughout the state.
The ongoing testing at senior congregate housing is offered to asymptomatic and symptomatic residents by BMC.
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 offer testing. Though the buildings aren’t city housing, they are still senior residences with a high risk of spreading COVID-19, 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 BMC Dr. Vijay Singh.
While senior testing is ongoing, New Jersey is well into the second phase of reopening. Bayonne appears to be in a good position to continue to reopen.
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