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As COVID-19 cases rise again in NJ, Davis says Bayonne is ‘still doing well’

Hospitalizations at Bayonne Medical Center remain in the single digits

Mayor James Davis gave the first COVID-19 video update in weeks on May 5.

As COVID-19 cases rise yet again across New Jersey, Bayonne is still okay, according to Mayor James Davis.

The Bayonne Office of Emergency Management ceased giving COVID-19 updates back in March, and Davis’ weekly updates seemingly followed. However, after two sporadic mini-updates in April, Davis is back in May with some concrete COVID-19 information and even the return of some data points.

“We need to continue to discuss the coronavirus activity within the community,” Davis said. “The latest reports I have received indicate Bayonne is still doing well in regards to liming the spread of COVID-19.”

As of May 6, there were three patients with COVID-19 admitted to Bayonne Medical Center. He did not give a positivity rate, since there is no city-run site, nor a case number, due to the high availability of at-home virus testing and other means of testing.

In addition to the low hospitalizations, recently the city of Bayonne, the Bayonne Health Department, and the Hudson Regional Health Commission partnered to bring a mobile vaccination site to City Hall at 630 Avenue C on May 2.

“We had numerous people show up and get their booster shots, which is a good way to prevent serious illness,” Davis said. “I want to express my deepest thanks to all of you for continuing to be cooperative as we work our way through this historic pandemic.”

The rest of the update focused largely on upcoming recreational opportunities.

‘Faring well’ through April

As of the April 21 update, Davis said Bayonne was “faring well” at the time and that there were “no new serious outbreaks to speak of.” However, he did not provide any other information to accompany that.

“The easing of COVID restrictions around the country give us all hope we can get into the warmer weather with less fear this year,” Davis said.

Despite the restrictions, Davis encouraged residents to use a common sense approach to the virus, such as washing hands frequently and staying home when not feeling well. He said that those measures can go a long way to curbing the spread of COVID-19 and can help considerably as people gather much more frequently in the coming months, especially for any of the events hosted by the Division of Recreation.

“We have many great activities planned in the coming weeks,” Davis said. “Our city is committed to being a much stronger and more united community as we come out of this terrible time in our history. I have been speaking with so many residents and I am thrilled to hear so much positivity as each of us are ready to move forward together.”

And the April 14 update, the first since they seemingly ended in March, largely recapped the city’s battle with COVID-19 in the wake of city initiatives being scaled down.

“Although the COVID-19 pandemic was a terrible time in our history, I will always be proud of how our city stood up to this monster,” Davis said.

At the time, Davis noted that the virus situation in the city was still being maintained without going into much detail. While not much has changed since then, his advice on mitigating the spread of the virus still rings true: “While we aren’t seeing any major issues in town, taking precautions to curb this illness should remain at the forefront of all our activities.”

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