WAYNE, NJ – During his coronavirus briefing, Wayne Mayor gave an update on the daily numbers as well as some financials for the group FLAG of Greater Wayne.

The Numbers

Vergano reported one death during his update. “We, sadly, lost a 90-year-old woman on May 4, who was a resident of a long-term care facility,” he said.

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This brings the Township total to 135.

Eleven new positive cases of COVID was also reported and the Mayor said that nine of the eleven were from long-term care facilities and the samples for these cases were taken between April 30 and May 6.

Only two of these cases were from Wayne’s general population.  This week’s average number of new positive cases from non-long-term care facilities is three-and-a-half new cases per day.

The new positive cases included:

  • Men: 5
  • Women: 6
  • Average Age: 72
  • Age Range: 24 - 96

Total number of positive cases for Wayne residents: 1,226

Total number of Wayne residents who tested negative: 1,874

FLAG Update

“Thanks to the generous donations of Wayne Township residents, FLAG of Greater Wayne has provided 9,287 meals for our front-line workers from April 9 through May 16” said Vergano.  “We have raised $98,963.02 and we've spent $59,641.66.”

FLAG of Greater Wayne accepts donations from groups and individuals and uses the money to purchase discounted meals from local restaurants to feed healthcare workers and first responders. According to Vergano, they have fed 18 different front-line workers such as the Wayne Health Department, Police Department and Memorial First Aid Squad as well as several departments at both St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Chilton Medical Center and other local first responders surrounding Wayne.

“FLAG realizes that our local restaurants have suffered tremendous financial losses due to COVID-19,” he added.  “To that end, we are happy to support 19 local businesses and restaurants by partnering with them to help alleviate some of their financial insecurity.”

His list included:  The Bagel Stop, Bradley's Pizzeria, Buonasera Restaurant, Buongusto Restaurant, Corrado’s Market, Gencarelli's Pizza, The Gyro Grill, Anthony Franco's Restaurant, Manhattan Bagels, Nothing Bundt Cake, Outback Steakhouse, Pizza One, Planted Eats, Positano’s Restaurant, Sunrise Bagels, The Sombrero Taqueria, Wayne Hills Diner, The Little Food Inn and the Pompton Queen Diner.

“It's an absolute pleasure to see so many people donating and so many meals being served to our frontline workers,” Vergano added.

After his usual announcements the Mayor ended with: “I ask you today, please wash your hands, please wear a facemask when you're out and near people, please practice social distancing, staying 6 feet away from each other. Check on your family members, check on your neighbors, check on the elderly. We will get through this together. Thank you very much.”


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/