WAYNE, NJ - Through Mayor Chris Vergano's daily coronavirus briefings, he shares the number of new positive COVID cases as well as deaths of Wayne residents.  This information is received by the Township Health Department through an online reporting system run by the New Jersey Department of Health.  Vergano announces the numbers as they come to him, but for several reasons, most unknown, the state's reporting is delayed.

The two deaths reported today occurred six days ago.  The thirty-one positive test results announced today came from patients who had samples collected from as far back as March 30.  On Friday, the Mayor announced seventeen deaths, but those tragedies did not all occur on one day. They were spread out between March 31 – April 27.

“Positive cases are really just old results that were just entered into the state reporting system,” he said with some frustration. “It's almost as if the numbers are moving target.

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The Mayor's Update

Vergano began his announcements with the two deaths reported to him.

“As I stated yesterday, even though our total deceased is now at 104, 75 to 80% of those that have passed were residents of our twelve long term care and assisted living facilities.”

The two deaths were women aged eighty-three and eighty-nine who both passed on April 27.

“I can also report that we have an additional thirty-one positive test results,” said Vergano.  This brings Wayne’s total to 937 positive cases.  “Thirteen of the thirty-one results came from long-term care facilities.”

The positive cases include:

  • Men: 9
  • Women: 21
  • Average Age: 62
  • Range of Ages: 17 - 94

As of today, eight residents are being treated in local hospitals.

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The Passaic County COVID testing site has updated their hours.  They are only testing on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.  See Story.

Starting Monday, May 4 is Teacher Appreciation Week and Vergano touched on it in his update.

“I would personally like to thank all of our teachers for all they do, and especially the great things they’re doing with distance learning,” he said. “I've said this many times before: people move to Wayne for the excellent school system and I want to thank our teachers, staff and administration for all they do for our children.”

Lastly, the Mayor announced that the Wayne Interfaith Network is hosting a virtual community message of hope that will be held Tuesday, May 5 at 7:00 pm via Zoom. It is a candlelight prayer vigil. “Please prepare a candle in advance, because you’re going to need it for the ceremony,” said Vergano.

For more information on the vigil, visit: www.facebook.com/wayneclergy

“Today is a beautiful day outside,” he said in conclusion. “Let's go and enjoy our neighborhood. Go for a walk in your neighborhood. Say hello to your neighbors from six feet away with a wave and stay safe we will get through this together. 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
  • 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/