After COVID-19 cases fluctuated in early September, the number of cases has stabilized.
On Sept. 3 OEM reported 21 active cases, up from 16 on Aug. 27. Now, the numbers are again decreasing.
In the weekly COVID-19 update on Sept. 10, the OEM announced there were 20 positive cases.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 76 Bayonne residents have died. A total of 1,363 residents tested positive, regardless of where that test was given, as of Sept. 10.
COVID-19 hospitalizations at Bayonne Medical Center (BMC) remain low, as most residents recover at home. There is one COVID-19 patient at BMC as of Sept. 10.
The Bayonne Department of Health advised residents who have recently taken a COVID-19 test to be sure to answer their phones for contact tracers and BHD staff. Recently, the BHD noted that 20-year-olds who have tested positive in August have not been answering their phones for contact tracers.
Mayor James Davis noted that many businesses have reopened as well as indoor dining.
He encouraged residents to continue doing their part to keep the number of cases low.
Schools reopening and 2020 Census
Davis gave a video update on the state of COVID-19. He also spoke on schools reopening, and the 2020 Census.
Davis said he remains in close contact with the Board of Education and Superintendent John Niesz as schools reopen virtually.
He said he spoke with Niesz and that “all is going well so far.” The BOE has taken steps to improve virtual learning.
Representatives of the BOE remain on the city’s COVID-19 Task Force and are “earnestly seeking” the day when schools can return to in-person instruction.
Davis reminded residents to fill out their census forms. Millions of dollars are at stake, and the city’s response rate lags behind the 2010 Census response.
One last paper form will be mailed to those who haven’t yet responded. Residents can respond online at 2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020.
COVID-19 by the numbers
Throughout June and July, active COVID-19 cases dropped dramatically. According to OEM’s Junior Ferrante, only 49 residents tested positive in June.
By June 10, the city had more residents who had recovered than were still sick. As of June 25, active COVID-19 cases dropped below 400.
On July 3, the number of active cases fell below 300, and the number of recoveries topped 800.
By July 10, active virus cases had dropped to 75, falling to 62 cases on July 16, 23 cases on July 23, and 17 cases on July 30.
Cases began to climb again in August.
On Aug. 13, OEM announced there were 26 positive residents, jumping from just nine on Aug. 6.
By Aug. 20, there were 31 active cases. Now that number is declining again.
By late August, the numbers began trending downward, as OEM announced there were 16 positive residents on Aug. 27.
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 cases has declined.
BMC’s drive-thru testing at Veterans Stadium has ceased. Residents with a prescription and an appointment will 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 BHD is immediately notified of positive results and contacts the individual to begin contact tracing.
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