This week, neither Mayor James Davis nor the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management (OEM) specified the exact number of active COVID-19 cases. As of March 4, there were approximately 130 residents positive for the virus.
However, active COVID-19 cases are down, according to Davis. He said that Health Officer Michele O’Reilly noted that the city has recently been witnessing a decrease in the number of active cases and the rate of positivity.
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 March 11. OEM does not have data on Bayonne residents in other hospitals.
“Even though our cases are decreasing, we ask that everyone please continue to use COVID-sense in all that you do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Davis said. This means wearing masks, social distancing, and practicing good hygiene.
“We also have arranged for our residents to have continued access to free testing,” Davis said. He advised residents to check the city’s official social media pages and website for updates.
“I want to thank each of you in our great Bayonne community,” Davis said. “Your patience and cooperation have been a testament to the Bayonne spirit we speak so often of. The weather is starting to turn, and spring is arriving. I urge everyone to get out and enjoy the sunshine and enjoy each other safely.”
Getting tested for COVID-19
A drive-up 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 is also 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-thru 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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