Bayonne reports another coronavirus death

OEM says COVID-19 cases have dropped to single digits

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Bayonne reports another coronavirus death
Mayor James Davis gave a COVID-19 update on Sept. 24.

A 68-year-old female has died from COVID-19, as the number of cases drops to single digits.

“During this time, COVID-19 cases in Bayonne have stabilized with very low numbers,” Davis said in a video update on Sept. 24. He advised residents to follow the city’s official social media pages for updates.

The number of cases had stabilized by mid-September, and the number continues to decrease. On Sept. 24, the OEM announced there were nine cases.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 77 Bayonne residents have died. A total of 1,382 residents tested positive, regardless of where that test was given, as of Sept. 24.

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. 24.

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. and plummeted to 11 cases on Sept. 17.

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.

The BHD is immediately notified of positive results and contacts individuals to begin contact tracing.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.

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