COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Bayonne. According to the Office of Emergency Management, there were 31 active virus cases as of Oct. 15.
Mayor James Davis gave a video update on Oct. 15.
“As the health emergency lingers on, Bayonne continues to do very well in how we are handling the virus,” Davis said.
While there has been a minor jump, Davis said cases continue to remain low considering the size of the city. He said that residents with COVID-19 accounted for less than one percent of the population.
He urged residents to be mindful of the most vulnerable, including the elderly and those with preexisting conditions.
Davis reminded residents to avoid transmission by wearing masks, washing hands frequently, and refraining from touching their faces.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 77 Bayonne residents have died, and 1,336 have recovered. A total of 1,444 residents tested positive, regardless of where that test was given, as of Oct. 15.
COVID-19 hospitalizations at Bayonne Medical Center (BMC) remain low, as most residents recover at home. Two COVID-19 patients were at BMC as of Oct. 15.
OEM does not have data on Bayonne residents in hospitals other than BMC.
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. By June 10, the city had more residents who had recovered than were still sick.
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 17 on July 30.
Cases fluctuated throughout August, September, and early October.
On Aug. 13, OEM announced there were 26 positive residents, jumping from nine on Aug. 6.
By Aug. 20, there were 31 active cases. By late August, the numbers began trending downward with 16 positive cases on Aug. 27.
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.
By Sept. 24, cases were back to single digits with only nine COVID-19 positive residents.
In October, another spike was recorded. Cases increased to 10 positive residents on Oct. 1 and continued to rise. By Oct. 8, there were 18 active cases.
How to get tested
Residents with a prescription and an appointment can 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.
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