BAYONNE, NJ - Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that a second Bayonne resident has died from COVID-19. In a phone message to residents Davis said that the 75-year-old woman passed away Thursday, a day before her test came back showing she had the virus.

“The reason that we have been taking drastic self-distancing measures and closing non-essential businesses is to protect our most vulnerable residents,” Davis said.  “COVID-19 can be extremely dangerous for the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions.”

Davis went on to describe that while a total of 60 residents have tested positive for the respiratory virus, “many” are recovering well at home. Additionally, two residents reached a full recovery.

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“We are in unprecedented times,” Davis said, reiterating his call, and that of state and public health officials, for individuals to stay at home unless they have to leave for work, to acquire essentials, or exercise. Maintaining social distancing and regularly washing hands, as well as not touching your face are also critical, he said.

“But most of all, use common sense in all that you do. Try not to panic or live in fear,” he asked, reminding residents that they should rely on outlets such as the State of New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub, not social media, for reliable information.

“Bayonne is united and strong. We are in this fight together,” Davis concluded. “Stay safe, stay healthy and God bless you all.”

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