As Phase 2 of reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic comes to a halt due to the increasing rate of transmission in the state, some municipalities continue to experience a decline in the number of positive cases.
On July 10, active virus cases dropped below 100 to 75. Currently, there are 1,072 residents who have recovered and been cleared of the virus per CDC guidelines.
OEM noted that COVID-19 updates will only be weekly going forward.
As of July 10, 1,221 Bayonne residents have tested positive for COVID-19, regardless of where that test was given. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 74 Bayonne residents have died due to COVID-19.
As of July 9, the Bayonne Medical Center had no COVID-19 patients in its Critical Care Unit. Two COVID-19-positive Bayonne residents are inpatients.
To date, the BMC has tested 3,918 people. Of that, 2,860 were negative, and 760 were positive, totaling a 19.39 percent Positivity Rate.
“Please continue to use good hygiene and do not touch your face,” OEM said. “These two simple facts have remained constant since the beginning of the health emergency.”
Downward trend in June
Nearly four months after the declaration of the State of Emergency, the city has been consistently on the track to recovery. On July 3, the number of positive cases in Bayonne fell below 300, and the number of recoveries topped 800.
Cases continue to decline in the city as more residents recover.
“This recovered number grows each day, as our health officials make contact with residents who tested positive, and they are able to remove them from the list,” said the OEM’s Junior Ferrante.
COVID-19 cases 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.
On June 25, COVID-19 cases dropped below 400 in the city. On July 3, cases dropped to 300.
Only 49 residents tested positive for COVID-19 in June, Ferrante said.
According to Ferrante, testing was an early challenge due to the limited number of test kits nationwide.
As testing increases, the number of positive residents continues to decline.
Where to get tested
Bayonne Medical Center’s drive-thru testing at Veterans Stadium has ceased. Residents with a prescription and an appointment well be tested at BMC.
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. Residents should call 2-1-1 for a list of testing sites throughout the state.
Senior testing has ended.
Protecting senior citizens
Mayor James Davis and Dr. VIjay Singh, Chief Medical Officer of CarePoint Medical Group and CEO of BMC, set up mobile testing platforms at all congregate senior housing.
It is not clear if any residents of senior buildings tested positive.
Ferrante said the Bayonne Health Department is immediately notified of any positive result and makes contact with the individual to begin contact tracing.
Ferrante asks residents to continue to practice good hygiene and not to touch your face.
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