COVID-19 cases have decreased for the first time in nearly eleven weeks.
As of Dec. 17, there were 239 active cases, according to the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management (OEM). This is a decrease in 106 cases since Dec. 10. Another resident has died: an 86-year-old woman.
OEM said that 3,012 residents tested positive, regardless of where that test was given, as of Dec. 17.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 88 Bayonne residents have died, and 2,685 have recovered.
COVID-19 hospitalizations at BMC remain low because most residents recover at home. There were 20 COVID-19 patients at BMC as of Dec. 17. OEM does not have data on Bayonne residents in hospitals other than BMC.
Mayor James Davis gave the weekly COVID-19 video update on Dec. 18. Davis said that the pandemic is far from over despite the first vaccinations.
To mitigate the spread of the virus, residents are encouraged to use “COVID-sense” by wearing masks, social distancing, and practicing good hygiene.
Drive-thru testing is again available. Bayonne Medical Center (BMC) has reinstated its drive-thru testing program, but not at Veterans Stadium, which ceased operations in July.
Now patients with a prescription and an appointment can be tested inside their vehicles at the Emergency Room Driveway entrance at BMC. This testing takes place every day from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. by appointment only.
A walk-in testing site is available at the Bayonne Community Museum at 229 Broadway, offering tests during and after the holidays. On the following dates, the site will be open from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Jan. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, and 20.
The free testing is provided by Fusion Diagnostic Laboratories to all Bayonne residents, who will need an email address to register online and receive results. Pre-register at https://fusion.labsvc.net/patientportal/. Masks are required at the site.
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 at 904 Bayonne Crossing Way offers COVID-19 tests for walk-ins only; call 551-497-5675 for more information.
Residents can get tested at Broadway Care Pharmacy at 516 Broadway, and Total Care Pharmacy at 596 Broadway. For more information, call 201-437-5100 for Broadway Care Pharmacy and 201-535-5080 for Total Care Pharmacy.
Testing is available by Dr. Ahab Gabriel at 449 Ave. C and Hudson DNA and Testing at 150 Pulaski St. Call 201-374-1103 for Dr. Ahab Gabriel and 201-994-6594 for Hudson DNA and Testing.
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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