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.
In the weekly COVID-19 update on July 30, the OEM announced there were only 17 positive residents. There are 1,164 residents who have recovered and been cleared of the virus per CDC guidelines.
As of July 31, only two patients were hospitalized at BMC with COVID-19. All other residents with COVID-19 are recovering at home.
“Our numbers are very low, and our city is coming back to life,” Mayor James Davis said in a COVID-19 video update.
Davis urged residents to shop local at the many businesses that have reopened.
Division of Recreation Supervisor Pete Amadeo joined Davis to report on activities. The 16th Street Pool, summer camps, the new cycling club, and some summer concerts have been cleared for takeoff, with COVID-19 restrictions in place.
COVID by the numbers
As of July 23, 1,238 residents have tested positive, regardless of where that test was given. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 74 Bayonne residents have died.
As of July 10, BMC has tested 3,918 people. Of that, 2,860 were negative, and 760 were positive, for a 19.39 percent Positivity Rate.
“Please continue to use good hygiene, and do not touch your face,” OEM said.
On July 23, virus cases dropped to 23. On July 10, virus cases dropped to 75.
Nearly four months after the declaration of the State of Emergency, the city has been on track to recover. On July 3, the number of positive cases fell below 300, and the number of recoveries topped 800.
“The 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.
On June 10, the city had more residents who have recovered than who are still sick with the virus.
On June 25, COVID-19 cases dropped below 400. On July 3, cases dropped to 300.
Only 49 residents tested positive in June. 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.
BMC’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 on Route 440 offers COVID-19 testing, walk-ins only.
CityMD and BMC are conducting antibody testing. Residents should call 2-1-1 for a list of testing sites throughout the state.
Ferrante said the Bayonne Health Department is immediately notified of positive results and contacts the individual to begin contact tracing.
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