COVID-19 cases climb for the fourth consecutive week

Another death brings the toll to 78 in Bayonne

OEM's Junior Ferrante spoke for Mayor Davis during the COVID-19 video update on Oct. 22.
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OEM's Junior Ferrante spoke for Mayor Davis during the COVID-19 video update on Oct. 22.

COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Bayonne as an 87-year-old male died. According to the Office of Emergency Management, there were 48 active cases as of Oct. 22.

OEM Coordinator Junior Ferrante said that OEM will continue to educate residents and keep the community up to date on information related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joining Ferrante for the video update was Dr. Vijay Singh, Chief Health Executive at Bayonne Medical Center, who said the hospital is preparing for an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

Enforcement of residential permit parking zones has been reinstated as things continue to reopen, according to Ferrante. He said that enforcement, beginning again on Nov. 2, is necessary to prevent out-of-towners from taking spots from residents.

According to Gov. Phil Murphy, the recent spike in cases across the state has not been the result of the reopening of schools or businesses, but due to private indoor gatherings.

Cases on the rise

As active cases reached 48 on Oct. 22, the city marks the fourth consecutive week of increasing COVID-19 cases. Active cases were trending downward in September after fluctuating in August.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 78 Bayonne residents have died, and 1,364 have recovered. A total of 1,490 residents tested positive, regardless of where that test was given, as of Oct. 22.

COVID-19 hospitalizations at BMC remain low, as most residents recover at home. There was one COVID-19 patient at BMC as of Oct. 22. OEM does not have data on Bayonne residents in hospitals other than BMC.

Residents are advised to continue to practice good hygiene, social distance and wear masks.

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.

Virus timeline

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 climbing to 31 active cases on Oct. 15.

Get tested now!

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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