The COVID-19 surge felt nationwide continues in Bayonne, as the city records a seventh consecutive week of increased cases. Active cases have been steadily rising since October, spiking in the past few weeks.
As of Nov. 12, there were 143 active cases, according to the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management (OEM). A 76-year-old man has died.
OEM said that 1,844 residents tested positive, regardless of where that test was given, as of Nov. 12.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 81 Bayonne residents have died, and 1,620 have recovered.
COVID-19 hospitalizations at Bayonne Medical Center (BMC) remain low because most residents recover at home. There were six COVID-19 patients at BMC as of Nov. 12. OEM does not have data on Bayonne residents in hospitals other than BMC.
Information regarding the restart of drive-thru testing and potentially walk-up testing will be released over the next few days, according to OEM.
Mayor James Davis gave the weekly COVID-19 video update on Nov. 13.
In the video, Davis noted there was an uptick in cases in Bayonne, but that the rate of hospitalization remains low.
“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.
He also urged residents to keep up with COVID-19 updates going forward, as Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to enact some restrictions as the surge rises.
Davis continues to work with the city’s COVID-19 Task Force to ensure Bayonne is doing everything possible to combat the virus.
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 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.
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