COVID-19 cases surge

Mayor Davis: 'We have a responsibility to protect our elderly or those with preexisting conditions'

COVID-19 cases have climbed for the fifth consecutive week.

As of Oct. 29, there were 96 positive residents, according to the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management (OEM). A 59-year-old male has die from COVID-19.

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According to OEM, “a lag in reporting from rapid testing sites has resulted in a short-term increase in the number of cases over the last week.” Active cases jumped from 48 to 96 since Oct. 22.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 79 Bayonne residents have died, and 1,423 have recovered. As of Oct. 29, 1,598 tested positive, regardless of where that test was given.

COVID-19 hospitalizations at Bayonne Medical Center (BMC) remain low, as most residents recover at home. There were four COVID-19 patients at BMC as of Oct. 29. OEM does not have data on Bayonne residents in hospitals other than BMC.

Use ‘COVID sense’

Mayor James Davis wore a suit for his latest COVID update, signalling the seriousness of the situation.

He indicated that drive-thru testing at Veterans Stadium may return depending on the situation.

“We now know that most people who contract the coronavirus will be fine, but we have a responsibility to protect our elderly or those with preexisting conditions,” Davis said.

He also announced grant funding to help small businesses recover from lost revenue during the shutdown. Davis encouraged residents to support local small businesses.

“Our rebirth hinges on the success of the business community,” Davis said.

He encouraged residents to use “COVID-sense” by wearing masks, social distancing, and practicing proper hygiene.

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.

It advises residents who have recently taken a COVID-19 test to be sure to answer their phones for contact tracers and BDH staff.

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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