BAYONNE, NJ - While there are no known cases of the COVID-19 virus in Bayonne, Mayor Jimmy Davis said in a robocall on Thursday, he has made the decision to declare a State of the Emergency to prepare for any that may materialize.  

“We are entering a period, hopefully a short period, where all of our daily lives will be changing,” Davis said. Referring to the World Health Organization's declaration of the virus’ global spread as a pandemic, Davis added that “we must all be vigilant, not only regarding our own health, but also the health of our neighbors.”

“There is certainly no need for panic and no need for extreme action,” Davis reassured. “My Office of Emergency Management team and all the medical service entities in Bayonne are actively preparing for any course of action that may be required.  Plans are in place and ready to be put into effect if needed.”

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Urging residents to take “prudent precautions,” Davis also announced the postponement of the annual Saint Patrick’s Day parade that had been slated for Sunday, March 22.

“I cannot, in good conscience allow for such a large public gathering that draws people from dozens of communities to take place,” he said, warning that many other public events are likely to be canceled as well. “For the short term, these occurrences will become the new normal. With prudent action, this new normal will be short-lived, and we will return to our normal lives soon.”

 “Bayonne is a strong community.  We don’t panic, we help our neighbors, and we do what we have to, when we have to,” Davis concluded, offering a pledge to keep residents informed.

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