WAYNE, NJ – As Mayor Chris Vergano reports the new positive cases for Wayne residents each day, he has begun to point out the number that were taken from samples at long-term care facilities.  This allows us to look at the number of new positive cases that happen outside long-term care, what will be called the general population.

These general population numbers have been in the low single digits for four days in a row.

Positive cases reported for the Wayne general population

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  • May 14:  2
  • May 13:  6
  • May 12:  2
  • May 11:  3

The Mayor did not provide separated data on May 9 or May 10.

The numbers for this week are WAY down from last week’s separated numbers:

  • May 8:  15
  • May 7:  11
  • May 6:  25
  • May 5:  6
  • May 4:  14


Today's Numbers

“The state of New Jersey has advised us of three additional deaths today,” said Vergano. “Our condolences go out to their families.”

 This brings the township total to 124 deaths due to COVID-19.

  • 77-year-old female passed away on April 29
  • 77-year-old female passed away on April 30
  • 91-year-old female passed away on May 7

An additional twenty positive COVID-19 cases were reported by Vergano. “18 of the 20 were from long-term care facilities,” he added. These results came from samples taken between April 27 – May 7.

The new positive cases include:

  • Men: 8
  • Women: 12
  • Average Age: 71
  • Age Range: 41 -88

Total Positive Tests: 1159

Total Negative Tests: 1,827


The Mayor announced that the Wayne Board of Education will provide free breakfasts and lunches to all students starting Monday, May 18 and going to June 30, 2020.

The Wayne schools website had this information about the new program:

  • The Wayne Township Public Schools were approved to expand meal services to all students through June 30th. 
  • Starting on Monday, May 18th, all students of the Wayne Township Public Schools are eligible for breakfast and lunch. 
  • Pick up locations are at Wayne Valley and Ryerson Elementary School between 11 AM and 1 PM.  Families can go to either location for their pickup which includes a package containing a full week of food for breakfast and lunch. 
  • Any questions, or if you are unable to pickup the food package, please contact Michael Schmitt, School Nutrition Director, at (973) 317-2239.
  • Wayne Valley High School, 551 Valley Road, by the Freshman Cafeteria Door,  located in the back of the school.  The door is identified as FC.
  • Ryerson Elementary School, 30 McClelland Avenue, in the back of the school at Door #6


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
  • The COVID Testing site in Passaic County is looking for volunteers. To volunteer, email: volunteers@passaiccountynj.com
  • 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/