WAYNE, NJ – During Mayor Chris Vergano’s daily update, he said: “I'm very excited tonight to announce that the Wayne Public Library is going to start contactless curbside delivery and pickup starting on Tuesday May 26 2020.”

For bibliophiles, this really is exciting news. Many residents have been itching to regaining access to the library’s extensive inventory.  See story for more details.

“This is Memorial Day weekend, and I ask you to keep in mind all the men and women who have died while serving in the US military, while protecting our freedoms,” said Vergano.  He then said that a video tribute for these heroes would follow his update.

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Today’s Numbers:

The State Health Department notified the Township that two Wayne residents passed away due to COVID-19.  Both of these residents were in long-term care facilities.  One was an 88-year-old female who died on May 8 and the other was a 79-year-old male who died on May 14.

“We have an additional seven new positive cases from today’s report,” said Vergano. Six of these seven were from long-term care facilities and for the second day in a row, only one resident tested positive from the general population.

The new positive cases include:

  • Men: 3
  • Women: 4
  • Average Age: 82
  • Age Range: 44 – 90


  • Total number of positive cases for Wayne: 1,304
  • Total number of negative cases: 2,396
  • Total number of Wayne residents who have died: 155

“We're going to be seeing a lot of additional test results probably in the next few days,” said Vergano.  This is due to the statewide mandate that all nursing homes and long-term care facilities must test all patients and staff starting May 26.

“The increase could be confusing, so I will attempt to explain that to you,” he added. “As, I’ve said before, our goal since we started these videos is to be as transparent as possible.”

“I ask you, once again, please wash your hands, please stay away from each other, check on your family members and the elderly and keep in mind all those that we have loss to protect the freedoms that we have today,” said Vergano in conclusion. “Thank you and have a nice weekend.”

The Memorial Day Tribute Video can be found here and begins at the 14:42 mark

Vergano finished by saying that there would be no updates on Sunday and Monday.

The Mayor’s announcements included:

  • Sweatshirts and T-shirts are on sale with a ‘Wayne Strong’ message.  Proceeds will help support Wayne Helping Hands who help to feed Wayne residents in need. 
  • Passaic County CASA is selling “Thank you to the Heroes Among Us” signs as a fundraiser.  Go to their website to purchase: www.PassaicCountyCASA.org
  • Free COVID testing will soon be available for residents of Sienna Village, Cisco Village, Summerhill Apartments and the Four Seasons. The testing is voluntary and will happen at the resident’s home.
  • The COVID Testing site in Passaic County is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdatys from 9am – 12pm.  Anyone can be tested for COVID-19 as long as they are Passaic County residents. 
  • The Wayne Farmer’s Market is open for pick-up only on every Saturday in May. 
  • Click here for a list of food retailers that remain open in Wayne
  • Cloth face coverings are required in retail stores and other areas of close contact with others.
  • Do not throw disposable gloves and masks on the ground.
  • Local food stores have special hours for people at high-risk:
    • Stop and Shop is open from 6:00 AM to 7:30 AM everyday
    • Trader Joe's is open from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM every day
    • Costco is open 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM on Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday
    • ShopRite is open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM on Wednesdays
    • Jack’s Super Foodtown is open from 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM
  • 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/
  • The Township Memorial Day Parade is postponed to Labor Day
  • Wayne day has been moved to September 13th
  • The annual shredding event was moved to June 20th
  • Primary Election Day has been moved to July 7
    • The last day to register to vote prior to this is June 16
  • Property Taxes for the Second Quarter are due on May 1. The Township will be waiving interest and penalties for those who are unable to make their payment on time for accounts owing $10,000 or less until Friday June 1
  • 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/


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