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 like Bayonne continue to see a decline in the number of positive cases.
In the weekly COVID-19 update on August 6, the OEM announced there were only nine positive residents. There are 1,190 residents who have recovered and been cleared of the virus per CDC guidelines.
As of August 6, no patients were hospitalized at BMC with COVID-19. All residents with COVID-19 are recovering at home.
A total of 1,273 residents have tested positive, regardless of where that test was given, as of August 6. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 74 Bayonne residents have died.
Fire Chief Keith Weaver spoke on behalf of Mayor James Davis for the weekly COVID-19 video update, giving additional updates about power outages and other damage caused by Tropical Storm Isaias.
“As the mayor has been saying recently, this community has stepped up and done a great job as we navigate our way through this unprecedented health emergency,” Weaver said. “We have been on a steady decline for quite some time, in part due to the cooperation of all of our residents.”
COVID by the numbers
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 30, the OEM announced there were only 17 positive residents. The number of positive cases in the city has been declining from June and into August.
On July 23, cases dropped to 23 from 62 reported on July 16, and 75 cases reported on July 10.
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 25, COVID-19 cases dropped below 400. On June 10, the city had more residents who have recovered than who are still sick with the virus.
In total, 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 has become widespread, 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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