Active COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Bayonne.
As of Dec. 9, there were 129 active virus cases in the city, according to the local Office of Emergency Management. This is an increase by 62, nearly double, from 67 active cases as of Dec. 2. Numbers this high have not been recorded since around March of this year.
As of Dec. 9, there were five hospitalizations at Bayonne Medical Center. This is up from three as of Dec. 2. While case numbers skyrocket, hospitalizations remain low.
However, Chief Mike McCabe of McCabe Ambulance said this was mostly among a certain portion of residents. McCabe gave the weekly COVID-19 video update on behalf of Mayor James Davis on Dec. 9.
“Since the beginning of 2021, we have made incredible strides in the city battling this unforgiving disease,” McCabe said. “The COVID vaccine has made tremendous impact within our community.”
McCabe said that those who are getting sick are unvaccinated.
“Last year this time, we were dealing with a very different situation, with acute cases and hospitalizations on the rise as we moved into the winter months,” he said. “This year, although we are seeing an uptick in positivity rates, we are not seeing our vaccinated community getting seriously ill or hospitalized.”
According to McCabe, to get vaccinated is the best way to prevent serious illness, hospitalization, and even death from COVID-19.
“Although varying opinions exist, the evidence is clear that vaccines are extremely effective,” he said.
The Moderna vaccines, including first, second, third, and booster doses are available at the Korpi Ice Rink on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pfizer vaccines, including first, second, third, and booster doses are available at the ice rink on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Walk-ins are accepted. Or make an appointment by calling 201-537-4818. Both vaccines are offered free of charge.
COVID-19 testing is available 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. No appointment needed.
“As we move into the holiday season, days are much colder and [indoor] gatherings are more frequent, I strongly caution everyone to get vaccinated and to continue to use common sense approaches to avoid contracting or spreading coronavirus,” McCabe said.
EMS working hard
According to McCabe, emergency medical services (EMS) at his ambulance company have been working diligently amid the public health emergency.
“At McCabe Ambulance, throughout the 21 months of this unprecedented health emergency, our crews have remained at the forefront of this battle,” he said. “We have never stopped servicing the needs of the city which we call home.”
McCabe said he was proud of his EMS workers as well as the city’s residents throughout the pandemic.
“I am also very proud of how you, the residents of Bayonne, have handled this pandemic,” he said. “Your support, cooperation and understanding over the past months has been nothing short of spectacular.”
McCabe added the “Santa’s Ambulance” would hit streets soon. More information will be posted on the city’s official website and social media pages.
“I encourage everyone to continue to stay responsible in the fight against COVID,” he said. “Getting vaccinated, distancing, and wearing masks in crowded areas is our greatest weapon as we continue to push towards normalcy.”
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