BAYONNE, NJ -While Bayonne has seen a “slight increase” in COVID-19 cases across the city, Mayor Jimmy Davis said in a weekly update, the task force he assembled in the early part of the pandemic is prepared for any more significant rise. As of October 22 there were 48 positive cases currently in the City of Bayonne.

“I am confident the task force is ready to meet the challenge,” he added, pointing specifically to the possible need to increase testing capabilities.

While hospitalizations are down to a “handful” the virus is still dangerous, especially to those with vulnerabilities, Davis said, urging residents to continue to practice good hygiene, maintain social distancing, and limit exposure to the elderly.

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An 87-year-old Bayonne man became the latest casualty of COVID-19, and 78th local resident to succumb to the illness since the pandemic began in March. 

In total 1,490 Bayonne residents have tested positive for COVID-19, with 1,364 having recovered to date, the city’s report said.

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