WAYNE, NJ – Yesterday during his COVID-19 daily briefing, Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano announced that the primary election, which will be held on July 7, would be 100% vote-by-mail.  Wayne resident Jim Freeswick advised TAPinto that this was not correct. 

Although everyone will receive a vote-by-mail ballot or application, some polling places will be open, though it is unknown at this point which ones will be used.  At polling places, the voting machines will not be used.  Voters who come to the polling places will use paper provisional ballots.

Today’s Numbers

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“Unfortunately, two of our elderly residents have passed away at our long-term care facilities due to COVID-19, said Vergano.

The new positive cases reported by the Mayor today were comparatively low.  There were seven new cases with six of them coming from long-term care facilities and only one from the Wayne general public.

Vergano did not provide details on the positive new cases.

  • Total number of positive cases for Wayne residents: 1,297
  • Total number of negative results for Wayne residents: 2,269
  • Total number of deaths of Wayne Residents due to COVID-19: 153

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
  • Free COVID testing will soon be available for residents of Sienna Village, Cisco Village, Summerhill Apartments and the Four Seasons. The testing is voluntary and will happen at the resident’s home.
  • The COVID Testing site in Passaic County is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdatys from 9am – 12pm.  Anyone can be tested for COVID-19 as long as they are Passaic County residents. 
  • 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/