WAYNE, NJ – Mayor Chris Vergano released his August video update for the town.  In the video he provided COVID-19 numbers for Wayne and also gave several announcements for upcoming events.

The COVID-19 numbers for the month of August, as reported by the Mayor, are 76 new positive cases and one death reported.  The average age of new positive cases for the month of August was 37.36 years. The age range of Wayne residents testing positive was one through 87 years old.

Cumulatively, the township has had 1,579 people who have tested positive, 6,362 negative and 197 residents who have died due to COVID-19 complications. Vergano also mentioned that approximately 85% of the deaths were attributed to the 12 nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Wayne.

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Vergano gave a comparison of August to July.  There were 74 new positive cases in July vs. 76 in August. July’s average age was 46.05 vs. 37.36 for August. There were 14 deaths in July, with only one death reported in August.

“The pandemic, obviously, is not over,” he said. “I ask you to continue to wash your hands, to socially distance yourselves - especially when you're inside a building. Outside a building, you're not required to wear a mask, if you're six feet apart. I ask you to, once again, check on the elderly and your neighbors and your relatives and make sure they're okay. We've gone through storms; we've had power outages. Please check on your neighbors; it's very, very important.”

Vergano then discussed ways to get tested for COVID-19, saying that he and his wife used the at-home testing provided by Passaic County. “A driver’s license is required, health insurance is not required,” Vergano said, adding, “You need to give a saliva sample, so this is not the annoying Q-tip going up to touch your brain matter.” The county continues to provide mobile testing in various towns.  You can find that schedule here.

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With so many trees knocked down during Tropical Storm Isaias, Vergano mentioned that vegetative waste collections are still happening. “If you just put out branches or piles of items, they are not going to be picked up,” he said. “They must be bundled and cut in four-foot sections. The thickest part of the branch can be up to four-inches thick. You can bundle them with string, or twine, or they can be placed in plastic garbage containers.”

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“If you have not filled out your census, it's very important that you do,” said Vergano. “We’re trying to make sure that everybody gets it done. As of now, we're at about 75% of the township, which is good, but it's not good enough.”

If you did not receive or have lost your census form, you can fill it out online. The deadline for filing is September 30. 

Lastly, Vergano announced several upcoming events for this September:

  • The Wayne Farmer’s Market continues every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Wayne municipal complex parking lot. This runs through the end of October
  • August 31 is the third annual Overdose Awareness candle vigil, also held at the Wayne municipal complex
  • September 5 is the opening of the Wayne Walks program. The first walk is being led by the Mayor on Sep 5, at 10:00 a.m. starting at Waks Memorial Field
  • September 9 is the date for the annual Wayne Senior Picnic. This will be held at the James Roe Pool. The event is open to Wayne Seniors (62+) only. Click here for more details and to register.
  • September 9 at 7:00 p.m. is the second public information session on Wayne’s affordable housing obligation.  This will be held virtually via the zoom platform and shown on channel 77.
  • September 11 at 6:00 p.m. a memorial ceremony will be held for the Wayne residents who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. This will be held at the Wayne 9/11 Memorial, which is next to the Wayne Public Library facing Nellis Drive.
  • September 12 is Wayne’s annual Doggie Dip Day at Captain Kilroy Park. Bring your furry friend to frolic and play in and out of Tom’s Lake. You and your dog can socialize and enjoy time together. There will be adoptions available from the Wayne Animal Shelter, as well as free samples and toy demos from PetValu. Click here for more details.
  • September 12 is the next confidential shredding event held in the parking lot of the Wayne municipal complex from 8:00am – 1:00 p.m.
  • September 26 is the first annual Wayne Cornhole Tournament sponsored by TAPinto Wayne and the Outback Steakhouse which will be held at Captain Kilroy Park
  • September 30 is Wayne’s first flu clinic of the season held in the health department at town hall.

Vergano also announced that Whole Foods will be opening near the end of September.

“Kids are going back to school in some form or another in a couple of weeks, so I ask you to please drive carefully in the neighborhoods,” he said. “Remember that there are going to be more kids on bikes possibly, so please pay attention.”