Following the first vaccinations in Bayonne, Mayor James Davis elaborated on the subject in his weekly COVID-19 video update on Dec. 23.
“We aren’t out of the woods yet, but good news is coming,” Davis said of the vaccine.
He was present for the administration of the first vaccines in Bayonne. Healthcare workers at Bayonne Medical Center were given the first doses of the Moderna vaccine on Dec. 22
“Seeing the vaccine being rolled out in Bayonne is good news indeed, as we are all working diligently to vaccinate all of our healthcare workers in Phase 1A of this effort,” Davis said.
Once Phase 1A is completed, first responders, including police and firefighters will begin receiving the vaccine as part of Phase 1B. Davis said the community can begin receiving the vaccine between February and March.
COVID-19 by the numbers
“As you are aware, Bayonne has been seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases in the past few weeks,” Davis said. “However, we did see some promising news last week when our current cases dropped by one hundred.”
However, active virus cases are fluctuating again after decreasing on Dec. 17 for the first time in nearly four months.
As of Dec. 23, there were 258 active cases, according to the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management (OEM). This is an increase of 19 cases since Dec. 17. Another resident has died: an 82-year-old man.
OEM said that 3,245 residents tested positive, regardless of where that test was given, as of Dec. 23.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 89 Bayonne residents have died, and 2,898 have recovered.
COVID-19 hospitalizations at BMC have been rising amid the surge in active cases. However, most residents recover at home. There were 26 COVID-19 patients at BMC as of Dec. 23. OEM does not have data on Bayonne residents in hospitals other than BMC.
“As we make headway in our fight against the virus, I continue to ask everyone to practice safety precautions we all know well,” Davis said.
Residents are encouraged to use “COVID-sense” by wearing masks, social distancing, and practicing good hygiene.
He continued: “Your cooperation has helped Bayonne do extremely well against the coronavirus, and I am confident we will get to the finish line soon.”
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. 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 from 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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