BAYONNE, NJ - Just hours after Governor Phil Murphy lifted his stay at home order that was imposed to combat the spread of COVID-19, Bayonne officials, led by Mayor Jimmy Davis, are touting that for the first time the number of local residents that have recovered from the respiratory ailment outweighs the number of those still afflicted. 

There are currently 538 people in Bayonne listed as positive for COVID-19 while 547 are considered recovered. 

“What this means is that we as a city did the right thing in following the state’s guidelines and implementing precautions of our own,” said First Ward Councilman Neil Carroll. “The rescinding of the state at home order means that people are used to social distancing. But they shouldn’t rush back into large gatherings yet.”

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Even with restrictions, including the reopening of non-essential businesses, an increase in the allowable size of both indoor and outdoor gathering, and the decree that high schools can hold outdoor graduation ceremonies, Murphy continues to warn that a return of the virus is not only possible, it’s likely.

“It’s not a question of ‘if’ the virus will come back,” Murphy said Wednesday in touting his Administration's efforts to expand contact tracing. “It’s when.”

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