WAYNE, NJ – It was a small comment that the Mayor made, but for all of us who are yearning for the old days, it may be a sign of hope.  During his daily coronavirus update, Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano said: "“There are a lot more restaurants that are opening, or planning on opening again soon. I think that's a good sign for the economy and for the Township.”

Vergano shook up his usual COVID briefing video by starting off with a few announcements before reporting on the daily numbers. He began by saying: “I hope all the mothers out there had a very happy Mother's Day yesterday.”

The Mayor went on to mention that the COVID-19 testing site at William Paterson University is no longer requiring people to have a doctor’s prescription or symptoms to be tested. See Story. 

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The Numbers

Vergano did not have a briefing on May 10, so he was reporting numbers for both Sunday and Monday.

“So, the state of New Jersey has advised us of zero deaths today and one from yesterday, he said. “We lost a 93-year-old female on May 3.”

This brings Wayne’s death toll to 115.

There were 14 positive cases reported Monday and 25 reported on Sunday for a total of 39.

11 of the 14 from Monday were samples taken at local nursing homes and were from April 27, according to Vergano, who added: “So, the information we receive is kind of stale.”  He did not mention where Mondays test results came from.

The 39 positive cases included:

  • Men: 15
  • Women: 24
  • Average Age: 64
  • Age Ranges: 16 - 95

The cumulative number of Wayne positive cases is now 1,120.  The Mayor also mentioned that 1,602 Wayne residents have tested negative.

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
  • 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/