Mayor James Davis delivered a COVID-19 video update on Sept. 17, noting that numbers remain low. “As the weeks progress, I am happy to report Bayonne continues to return stronger then ever,” Davis said.
“I told you Bayonne would emerge from this health emergency stronger and more united. As we climb out of this pandemic, the signs are there that our community is coming back.”
Davis said COVID-19 numbers remain low and noted that many businesses have reopened. He asked residents to continue to support local businesses and encouraged everyone to attend the “Dine Out and Shop Out” event on Sept. 24.
The number of COVID-19 cases had stabilized by mid-September, and the number has decreased again.
In the weekly COVID-19 update on Sept. 17, the OEM announced there were 11 cases.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 76 Bayonne residents have died. A total of 1,371 residents tested positive, regardless of where that test was given, as of Sept. 17.
COVID-19 hospitalizations at Bayonne Medical Center (BMC) remain low, as most residents recover at home. There were no COVID-19 patients at BMC as of Sept. 17.
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.
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 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. By late August, the numbers began trending downward, as OEM announced there were 16 positive residents on Aug. 27.
In early September, the number of active cases fluctuated.
On Sept. 3, OEM reported another increase to 21 active cases. That fell to 20 cases on Sept. 10.
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.
How to get tested
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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