WAYNE, NJ – We may truly be living in the darkest times in Wayne’s history.  For twenty-two days in a row, Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano has had the terrible duty of reporting the deaths of Township residents due to COVID-19. 

But, today in early May, when the sun has shone brighter on Wayne than it has in a long time, when the restrictions that held us bound to our homes were slightly lifted as our parks were re-opened and residents poured out of their homes out into a true Spring day, Vergano had this to say: “Today, the state of New Jersey has reported zero new deaths for Wayne Township.”

Zero deaths to report.  Is it a sign of hope?  A hope that, though the pandemic is still far from over, the worst is in our past?  Please, let it be so!

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Vergano needed to clarify the up and down nature of the numbers he has been reporting. “Although yesterday’s numbers appear to be artificially large at seventeen, the date of the deaths from yesterday actually occurred between March 30th and April 27th,” he said.

The same is true for the positive test results he reports daily.

“Once a day, we receive information from the state of New Jersey on testing results and this is based on labs that are being used by various institutions, including the County at their site,” he explained. “We get those results probably in two days, but some labs are very slow in reporting, so even though I'm telling you today that we have an additional twelve new cases, these positive tests results were from samples collected between March 31 and April 20.

Vergano mentioned that they were working on a new graphing system to show the actual dates of the collection of samples that resulted in positive test results for the Township.  This information could help shed light on whether we have truly flattened the curve.

“We're working to be as transparent as we can,” The Mayor said. “There are many communities that are not releasing any numbers at all. Our position has been, from day one, to let the community know what's going on.”

The twelve new positive test results reported today bring the Township’s cumulative number to 906.

The new positive results include:

  • Men: 1
  • Women: 11
  • Average Age: 76
  • Age Range: 20 – 97

Vergano also shared that of the 102 Wayne residents who have died, 75%-80% were residents in nursing homes, long-term care facilities and assisted living facilities. 

“I ask you now to please check on your neighbors, your family members and the elderly,” said Vergano in conclusion. “We will all get through this together. We will get through this because we're Wayne Township, a community of people that have really stepped up to the occasion during this pandemic. I’m very proud of all the actions of all our residents.”

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The Passaic County COVID testing site has reduced the number of days that they are open.  This comes as they also announce an urgent need for more volunteers.

The site is now only open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm.

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The Mayor’s announcements included:

  • 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
  • The COVID Testing site in Passaic County is looking for volunteers. To volunteer, email: volunteers@passaiccountynj.com
  • 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.
  • STAY SIX-FEET AWAY FROM EACH OTHER. NO CONGREGATING
  • 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/
  • The YMCA is hosting a Blood Drive on May 13th.  You must pre-register first: www.redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code ‘Wayne YMCA’