COVID-19 surge slows

Only 16 new cases after a sudden jump the week prior

Mayor James Davis gave a COVID-19 video update on Nov. 5.
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Mayor James Davis gave a COVID-19 video update on Nov. 5.

As of Nov. 5, there were 112 active cases, according to the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management (OEM). A 67-year-old male has died.

As of Nov. 5, 1,697 residents tested positive, regardless of where that test was given.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 80 Bayonne residents have died, and 1,505 have recovered.

COVID-19 hospitalizations at Bayonne Medical Center (BMC) remain low because most residents recover at home. There were five COVID-19 patients at BMC as of Nov. 5. OEM does not have data on Bayonne residents in hospitals other than BMC.

Keep using ‘COVID-sense’

Mayor James Davis gave a COVID-19 video update on Nov. 5.

“Our responsibility is to protect those most vulnerable to the virus, including the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions,” Davis said.

Davis encouraged residents to wear masks, social distance, and practice good hygiene. 

Getting 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 tests for 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 Bayonne Health Department 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 BHD staff.

The election

“Election day has passed and I want to express my thanks to all residents who voted on Tuesday,” Davis said.

Davis congratulated the victors that represent Bayonne at the federal and county levels, including: Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ-08), Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ-10), and County Commissioner Kenneth Kopacz.

At the local level, Davis congratulated the slate of school board candidates he endorsed who won three seats, including Board of Education President Maria Valado, Vice President Christopher Munoz, and newly-elected Trustee Dave “Doc” Watson, a musician and former Band Director at Bayonne High School.

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