More COVID-19 deaths amid vaccine rollout

Five residents have died since the previous virus update

While vaccinations came to a standstill after supplies were exhausted last week, things are back on track following a new shipment.

Residents eligible to receive the vaccine can make an appointment at Bayonne Medical center by emailing or leaving a voicemail at 201-858-6088. Registrants need to provide their names, dates of birth, and phone numbers. The city will then contact those who registered.

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Hudson County residents can register at the facility in Kearny by going to Mayor James Davis warned that if they get the first shot there, they must get their second shot there. Appointments are dependent on the availability of the vaccine.

The pandemic by the numbers

As of Jan 21, there were 432 active cases, according to Office of Emergency Management. This is a decrease in 35 cases since the week prior.

Five residents died since Jan. 14. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 98 residents have died, and 4,086 have recovered.

OEM said that 4,616 residents have tested positive, regardless of where that test was given, as of Jan. 21.

There were 20 COVID-19 patients at Bayonne Medical Center as of Jan. 21. OEM does not have data on Bayonne residents in other hospitals.

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

Get tested 

Bayonne Medical Center has reinstated its drive-thru program. Patients with a prescription and an appointment can be tested inside their vehicles at the Emergency Room Driveway entrance every day from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The RiteAid at 54th Street and Broadway offers free testing for all residents over 18 via drive-thru. Visit 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. Gabriel and 201-994-6594 for Hudson DNA and Testing.

Call 551-214-3500 for an appointment at RWJBarnabas Health at 519 Broadway.

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

For updates on this and other stories, check and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at

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