WAYNE, NJ – Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano gave some encouraging news regarding the Township’s coronavirus numbers during his daily briefing.

“The good thing for today is I don’t have any new deaths to report,” he said.

On March 31, the Mayor announced the first Wayne residents who passed away due to complications of the coronavirus.  Since then, the death toll has continued to rise with new deaths reported almost every day and consecutively for more than a week. 

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Today, we took a break from those grim tidings.

Other encouraging news is that the number of new positive cases for Wayne residents is lower than it has been in twenty-seven days.

Vergano again warned: “Although our numbers today were low, I just want you to bear in mind that this pandemic is not over. Just remember the 41 deaths that we have experienced during this tragedy.

The new positive cases include:

  • Men: 6
  • Women: 1
  • Average Age: 54
  • Age Range: 43 – 63

The accumulative number of positive cases for the Township is: 673

41 Wayne residents in total have passed away and 10 Wayne residents are being treated in local hospitals.

Vergano announced some changes to the Township schedule:

  • Memorial Day Parade
    • “We're looking at what we're going to do with the Memorial Day parade and will let you know about that very soon,” he said.
  • Wayne Day has been moved to September 13
  • Shredding event has been moved to June 20 and will provide ‘no-contact’ service.

“It's very important to please do what you can do to help,” said Vergano in conclusion. “The numbers are getting better which is good for all of us throughout this tri-state area so let's all work together, get through this and be One Wayne. Thank you very much.”


Announcements made by the Mayor include:

  • The COVID Testing site in Passaic County is looking for volunteers. To volunteer, email: volunteers@passaiccountynj.com
  • Wearing a mask in public settings means that the mouth and nose must be covered.
    • The Mayor said that if you see someone without a mask to ask them where it is.
  • 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/
  • He thanked the individuals and organizations who are donating much-needed personal protective equipment
  • 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 12th
  • 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. Both the mouth and nose must be covered
  • All Township parks are closed
  • 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/
  • Do not throw disposable gloves and masks on the ground.
  • The YMCA is hosting a Blood Drive on May 13th.  You must pre-register first: www.redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code ‘Wayne YMCA’


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