Active COVID-19 cases drop below 200

Bayonne has seen a downturn in active cases in recent weeks

Michele O'Reilly gave the weekly COVID-19 video update on Feb. 25.
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Michele O'Reilly gave the weekly COVID-19 video update on Feb. 25.

The weekly COVID-19 video update was provided by Bayonne Health Officer Michele O’Reilly on behalf of Mayor James Davis.

“I’m proud to say the members of my team have performed heroically throughout the pandemic,” she said.

According to the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management, there were less than 180 active cases as of Feb. 25.

“And this number is very promising,” O’Reilly said. “We continue to see a steady week over week decline in cases.”

The number of active cases has dropped from under 300 on Feb. 19. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 114 residents have died from COVID-19.

The number of hospitalizations has been fluctuating in the teens, as most residents recover at home. There were 11 COVID-19 patients at Bayonne Medical Center as of Feb. 25. OEM does not have data on Bayonne residents in other hospitals.

O’Reilly encouraged residents to practice “COVID-sense” by wearing masks, social distancing, and practicing good hygiene.

Get a COVID-19 test

A drive-up COVID-19 testing site in cooperation with Immediate Care-Walk In Co. of Red Bank has opened in the parking lot behind Don Ahern Veterans Stadium near the foot of West 25th Street, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Walk-up testing will also be available.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, testing will be from 1 to 7 p.m.; on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. No appointments needed. For more information, go to immcare.com.

Residents with an appointment from their physicians can be tested at BMC. Drive-through testing at the hospital has ceased.

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 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. 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.

To get a test at BHMG United Medical at 988 Broadway, call 201-339-6111 or visit unitedmed.com.

CityMD and BMC are conducting antibody testing. Residents can 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 answer their phones for contact tracers and staff.

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