Bayonne has lost 130 residents to COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic as of Sept. 2, according to Suzanne Cavanaugh, Registered Nurse at the Bayonne Health Department.
“Some of us have been blessed enough not to have been directly affected by COVID-19, but some of us were not that fortunate,” Cavanaugh said during the weekly COVID-19 video update. “One hundred and thirty mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, neighbors and dear friends. These are not just numbers to us in City Hall, we take it personally… We would like to extend our sincerest condolences to all who have had to go through the heartbreak of losing a loved one to this insidious various.”
Recently, the city has seen an uptick in COVID-19 cases, with 61 active cases as of Sept. 2. However, there are no COVID-19 patients admitted to Bayonne Medical Center.
Cavanaugh urged residents to get vaccinated to prevent serious illness and death from the virus, especially the Delta variant.
“As the varying strains of COVID-19 continue to make their way into the population here in Bayonne, we want to make it very clear: the best thing to protect yourselves and the people you love and your community is to get vaccinated,” Cavanaugh said.
Bayonne offers Pfizer vaccines on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Moderna vaccine is available on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents do not need appointments, and can walk in to the vaccine distribution site at the Korpi Ice Rink at Bayonne High School at 669 Avenue A.
According to Cavanaugh, 80 percent of the adult population has received at least one dose, with the rate of those 12 and up who have at least received one dose increasing as well.
Third doses are currently being administered to the immunocompromised. The city is awaiting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for guidance on administering third doses to the rest of the population.
‘Recipe for more infections’
Cavanaugh said most COVID-19 admissions to hospitals across the state are those who are unvaccinated. And while hospitalizations at BMC currently remain low, the city is predicting an uptick in cases during flu season which could yield more hospitalizations.
Hospitalizations were low during flu season last year, but that was because the city was still largely shut down, with many businesses still closed and many working from home. Now people are back to work, back to school, and being more social.
“That is a recipe for more infections if we don’t follow the proper protocols,” Cavanaugh said.
Cavanaugh reminded residents that the best protocols to mitigate COVID-19 include wearing masks, social distancing, avoiding crowds and washing hands, as well as getting vaccinated.
COVID-19 testing is again available to the community at the Bayonne Community Museum at 229 Broadway. Both regular and rapid testing are available on Thursdays from 1 to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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