WAYNE, NJ – At the end of his daily coronavirus briefing, Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano introduced a video tribute to local nurses for National Nurse Appreciation week. "This really should be the year of the nurse," said Vergano. "They've really gone above and beyond and I want to thank all the nurses out there who are working so hard to keep us safe.”

To begin his briefing, the Mayor announced 30 new positive cases and two new deaths.  The death toll due to COVID-19 now stands at 108. 

“Unfortunately, a 76-year-old female passed on May 1, and a 71-year-old female passed on May 3,” said Vergano during his update. Both of these people were residents at one of Wayne’s long-term care facilities.

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With the thirty new positive cases, Wayne's cumulative number has crossed into quadruple digits and now stands at 1,007. This is 1.84% of the Wayne population and growing.

The 30 new positive cases include:

  • Men: 18
  • Women: 12
  • Average Age: 51
  • Age Range: 22 - 91

The Mayor pointed out that six of the positive cases were for people between the ages of 22 and 29. “That's not a good sign,” he said. “That means some of our young people have not been practicing social distancing. Please, I ask you again, keep the six-foot rule.”

He also made a point of saying that five of the positive cases were from long-term care facilities and the samples tested from these five were taken between March 30 and April 18.  The results of these tests were reported to the Township by the state today.

For the third day in a row, Vergano has explained that Wayne does not regulate or inspect any of long-term care facilities except for food preparation and storage, and for fire alarm systems.  Everything else is regulated by the NJ Department of Health.

“Today starts national nursing week,” said Vergano. “Nurses are on the forefront of this pandemic, and we should thank them. I would normally tell you to hug a nurse, but that would be inappropriate these days. So, please pass along our thanks and keep feeding them and keeping them happy.”

At the end of his briefing, the video was shown as a tribute to all the nurses who spend countless hours taking care of us.  Their dedication, professionalism and caring ways are invaluable during this pandemic.

In conclusion the Mayor said: “I ask you now to check on your neighbors, your family members and the elderly or those that might need assistance. I want to thank, number one, our Police Department who's out there 24 hours a day 365 days a year keeping us safe. They've gone through this pandemic and they're out there every day keeping an eye on us and assisting our residents. I want to thank the Wayne Memorial First Aid Squad for answering our calls. I want to thank the Wayne fire department for all that they're doing for our community. As I've said from day one, there's so many of our residents that are stepping up and helping out, whether it's making masks at home using their 3D printers, making monetary donations or just helping their neighbors in general. That's what this community is about. Thank you very much.”

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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
  • 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.
  • 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/

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