WAYNE, NJ – In his daily coronavirus briefing, Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano has provided the number of new positive cases per day. After the Passaic County COVID testing site opened, the Mayor announced the largest day of positive cases (94) on April 6. Since then, the numbers dropped to an average of just over 19 cases per day over the last two weeks.  Today marked the largest positive number of cases since April 8.  The trend of positive cases per day over the last four days has been: 7 – 17 – 19 and now 31.

Today’s count of 31 is a fifty percent increase over the average of the last two weeks.

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The new cases include:

  • Men: 9
  • Women: 22
  • Average Age: 57
  • Range of Ages: 19 – 97

The cumulative number of positive cases is now at 740 and nine residents are currently being treated in local hospitals.

Two more Wayne residents have passed away, according to the State Dept of Health. A 68-year-old male, and a 68-year-old female. The total number of Wayne residents who have passed stands at 48.

“We ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers at this time,” said Vergano.


The Mayor took a moment to say thank you to Barbara Roca, his longtime assistant for Administrative Professionals Day. “She goes above and beyond the call to help the residents of our town,” said Vergano. “She keeps me focused and on track. Believe me, she is a total asset here.”

Once again, the Mayor displayed the fundraising sign for Passaic County CASA on his podium.  The signs read: “Thank you to All the Heroes Among Us.” These signs can be displayed on a front lawn to show your support for essential workers.  To purchase a sign, and support a non-profit group that advocates for children in foster care, go to: www.PassaicCountyCASA.org.

“Our town has been celebrating both Easter and Passover at home, without the traditional services at places of worship,” Vergano stated. “I want to acknowledge that the Muslim community in Wayne will be doing the same for Ramadan which starts this Friday.”

He then read a letter from the Health Department which started by applauding individuals and groups who desire to help by providing meals to front-line workers, senior citizens and the under-served, but reminded them that state law prohibits donating home-cooked meals.

“Food items provided must come from approved sources,” the Mayor read. “An example of an approved source would be a restaurant, commercial kitchen or facility licensed and inspected by local or state health Departments. Home kitchens are not an approved source and any food prepared in a home cannot be legally provided to other groups, regardless of whether it is donated, sold or given away.”

In conclusion, Vergano said: “I ask you to please check on your neighbors and make sure they are okay. Please check on your family members and the elderly if they live near you. We will get through this together, but we need to keep socially distant and keep up the good work that we've been doing up till today. Thank you very much.”

The Mayor’s announcements included:

  • 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.
  • All Township parks are closed
  • 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 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 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