Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis is optimistic about the city’s recent COVID-19 trends, declaring “we have flattened out the curve,” but stressed that social distancing must continue.
“We have hit the plateau. We have gotten it to the point where we have flattened out the curve. But we need to keep going. We need to keep doing what we’re doing. We need to keep the social distancing going,” Davis said in a YouTube video posted today.
In their daily coronavirus update, the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management said there are 572 active cases, 41 fatalities (two men, 63, and 73, in the past 24 hours), and 153 recoveries.
Between Sunday and Monday, Bayonne was the first Hudson County municipality to report an overnight drop in COVID-19 cases, though have also seen an increase of 26 cases between Tuesday and Wednesday.
Chief of McCabe Ambulance Service Michael McCabe also spoke in the clip, indicating that his team consistently responded to 20 to 30 daily coronavirus calls for service in the first week in April.
Conversely, this week, he said they are seeing just five to eight calls a day: a positive sign, but noting that celebrating now would be premature.
“Yes, this is very encouraging, but we must refrain from celebrating just yet … There is a light at the end of the tunnel: we must remain vigilant, disciplined, optimistic and grateful. During the worst times, Bayonne always rising to the challenge,” McCabe stated.