Vaccinations are up, cases are down

New businesses open

Mayor Davis gave the weekly COVID-19 update on June 10.
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Mayor Davis gave the weekly COVID-19 update on June 10.

As New Jersey continues to lift virus restrictions, Bayonne opens new businesses. In the most recent COVID-19 video update, Mayor James Davis said, “I want to to say thank you to the businesses that are investing in Bayonne.”

Over the last few weeks, Davis and members of the city council have attended numerous ribbon cuttings.

“This is such a positive sign as each new business indicates two important things,” Davis said. “First, people want to invest in our great city. The second is that each new opening represents the ability to come back from this pandemic.”

According to Davis, stores, restaurants, shops, and delis are buzzing with activity.

“And as I travel around the city each day, these signs make me happy to see our community is coming back stronger than ever,” Davis said. “Although the state of emergency hasn’t been lifted just yet, we are very close.”

Get the jab!

Davis said the reopening is forging ahead because residents are taking advantage of vaccination sites.

“A large majority of our population continues to take the best step forward, protecting ourselves from the seriousness of COVID-19,” Davis said. “Each day, the Korpi Ice Rink sees scores of our residents over the age of 12 getting inoculated.”

Residents can walk in at the ice rink behind Bayonne High School at 669 Avenue A, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are not needed but can be made between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The Pfizer vaccine is administered Tuesdays and Thursdays at the ice rink. The Moderna vaccine will be administered to residents 18 and over on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Anyone under 18 must have their parent’s or guardian’s permission.

Mobile sites

Recently, Bayonne Medical Center partnered with the Bayonne Housing Authority and the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to set up popup vaccination sites at BHA buildings. Davis said that the sites are open to everyone, not just housing residents.

The city has vaccinated the BHA’s senior population, according to Davis, but wants to further reach out to the residents of these “heavily populated” buildings. Mobile vaccination sites began operating at downtown housing complexes on June 4.

The first round of buildings included Bergen Point Gardens, Kill Van Kull Gardens, LaTourette Gardens, and Bridgeview Manor.

COVID by the numbers

Active COVID-19 cases remain low after plummeting in early May.

According to OEM, there were “single digits” of residents positive as of June 10, decreasing from eight last week.

There were no COVID-19 patients at BMC as of June 10. OEM does not have data on Bayonne residents in other hospitals.

“As these indicators continue to give us positive news, and our lives begin to feel more normal, I ask that you continue to keep COVID awareness in your daily lives,” Davis said. “It doesn’t hurt to be a little careful in all that we do, to keep us all healthy.”

Places to get vaccinated

Appointments are available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Korpi Ice Rink. To register, call 201-537-4818. Walk-ins get vaccinated here from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with no appointment needed.

To register at Bayonne Medical Center, call 201-858-6088 or email bayvax@baynj.org. Leave a message with a name, date of birth, and contact. The vaccine hotline is available weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To register at the RWJBarnabas Satellite Emergency Department at 519 Broadway, go to rwjbh.org. To register at Riverside Medical Group at 432 Broadway, go to riversidemedgroup.com.

Residents 65 and older can register at the Walmart at East 22nd Street and Route 440 by calling 201-620-6512, or by calling the New Jersey Senior Hotline at 856-249-7007.

To register at the uptown Rite Aid at the corner of Broadway and West 54th Street, go to riteaid.com/covid-19. To register at the Stop & Shop at Route 440 and LeFante Way, go to stopandshop.com/pages/ss-pharmacy. Register at any of the Walgreens in Bayonne at walgreens.com.

Register at Hudacko’s Pharmacy at 861 Broadway at hudackospharmacy.com. Register at Brockman’s Pharmacy at 78 Avenue C by calling 201-437-2175.

To register at the Hudson County Vaccine Distribution Center, go to hudsoncovidvax.org. To register at one of the state’s vaccination mega-sites go to covidvaccine.nj.gov.

Residents must get their second doses at the same location as their first.

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