WAYNE, NJ – After 76 days and 72 individual broadcasts, Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano said that today’s update would be the last…for now. If the COVID-19 numbers continue the way they are, there will be no more daily updates.  If things should turn in the wrong direction and there is an increase in cases or deaths, the Mayor’s updates may resume. 

Today’s Numbers

Vergano reported three new deaths of Wayne residents:

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  • 82-year-old female on May 7
  • 84-year-old female on May 27
  • 89-year-old female on May 28th

“These were all residents of our long-term care and assisted living facilities,” said Vergano. “Unfortunately, we have lost 168 residents to this pandemic and our condolences go out to the families of all those precious people that we have lost.”

The new positive cases remain low with the Mayor reporting four positive test results bringing the Township total to 1,357. 

The new cases include:

  • Men: 2
  • Women: 2
  • Average Age: 69
  • Age Range: 52 – 88

Vergano reiterated that as far as decision-making on when things will open up, the Township’s hands are tied.  “We, as a community, have to follow the Governor's executive orders,” he said. “If you don't like the Governor's executive orders, call the Governor.”

Thanks

Since this was his last update, the Mayor had a few people to thank:

  • Jim Ungemach, a Wayne resident who has volunteered to create the graphs tracking COVID cases for Wayne.
  • MaryAnn Orapello, the Director of Wayne’s Department of Health. “She has been working seven days per week since the beginning of March. I rely on her tremendously.”
  • Chief Jack McNiff. “He has just been outstanding during all of this.”
  • Captain Dan Daly, the Director of Wayne’s Office of Emergency Management. “We couldn’t have done any of this without him.”
  • Business Administrator Neal Bellett. “We meet every day at noon and come up with our plan for what we're going to do for the next day.”
  • The Staff at Town Hall
  • The Township’s Public Nurses
  • The Memorial First Aid Squad
  • The Wayne Fire Department
  • The Wayne Police Department

“They’ve all done a remarkable job during this ever-changing pandemic,” said Vergano.

Lastly, he thanked the citizens of Wayne who have stood tall in the face of a global pandemic. “I have truly been amazed the way this town came together to help those in need,” said Vergano. “We may have a population of 55,000 people spread over 25 square miles, but we have heart and determination to help those in need. I want to thank you the for being kind and patient during this time there's a lot going on in the country today and we are blessed to live in a community like Wayne.”

In conclusion the Mayor said: “If something drastic changes, I will be back with you, but as of today this will be the last video and will keep you posted on our website. Thank you very much.”

The Mayor’s announcements included:

  • The Wayne Public Library is open for curbside delivery, drop-off and pickup.
  • The Wayne Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday in the municipal parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Click here for a list of food retailers that remain open in Wayne
  • The swimming facility at Tom’s Lake in Captain Kilroy Park will open June 6 for swimming. More information can be found on the Township website here.
  • The Mayor purchased a garbage can for $64.00
    • He expressed frustration that it wouldn’t take itself out to the curb.
  • All of Wayne’s parks are open, including the tennis courts on Nellis Drive, but social distancing must be adhered to and the Mayor reminds everyone to wear a mask when you come in close proximity to someone else.
    • This is for passive recreation only. No team sports
  • The WIN Food Pantry is in need of monetary donations to feed the hungry citizens of Wayne.  Click here for their website: http://www.winfoodpantry.org/
  • He gave an update on the FLAG of Greater Wayne group who are feeding and supporting front-line healthcare workers and first responders. You can find their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/214967119732121/