WAYNE, NJ – In his daily coronavirus update, Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano reported grim milestones in both the cumulative number of positive test results in the Township and the total number of Wayne residents who have died as a result of the disease.

“Once again, I have bad news,” he said. “I’m saddened to report an additional nine deaths that were reported to us by the New Jersey Department of Health.” Vergano then shared his condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

This brings the total number of Wayne residents who have died as a result of this virus to thirty-four, according to the Township’s website.

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The new report included the following information:

  • 83 year old male passed on April 10
  • 74 year old male passed on April 10
  • 73 year old male pass on April 11
  • 68 year old female pass on April 12
  • 91 year old male passed on April 12
  • 88 year old female pass on April 12
  • 69 year old male passed on April 12
  • 90 year old male passed on April 13
  • 90 year old male passed on April 13

The Mayor wasn’t done with his bad news: “Our thoughts and prayers today are with the family of retired New Jersey State trooper Detective Sergeant First Class Rick Vanderclock,” he said. “Trooper Vanderclock died from complications of COVID-19. He is the father of Wayne Police Officer Rick Vanderclcok and retired West Caldwell Police Officer Dave Vanderclock, and a long time Wayne resident and an active participant in our community. Our condolences and prayers are with his sons Rick and Dave and their families during this very difficult time.”

The number of positive test results for Wayne Residents hit 600 with today’s report.

“I can also report that we've had an additional 17 positive tests results from today,” the Mayor said, adding that most of the 600 people who tested positive have recovered and are back at work. 

Today’s positive results include ten men and seven women. Vergano reported that the average age of the new positive cases is 50 and the age range is 13 – 86.

Two more residents are now being treated at local hospitals, bringing that total to ten.

The Mayor announced that the American Red Cross is having another blood drive on Wednesday, May 13 from 10:00am - 4:00pm at the Wayne YMCA, but those who want to donate must register so that the ARC can accommodate social distancing guidelines while donating.

To register, go to: www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor’s name in the upper right corner, which is: ‘Wayne YMCA.’

Vergano reminded residents that the COVID-19 testing facility at William Paterson University will be open for testing Thursdays through Saturdays as well as Mondays and Tuesdays from 9am – 12pm.

They are currently looking for volunteers. See story.

Switching gears, the Mayor announced: “Second quarter taxes are due May 1. We have no way to stop taxes being due. The government is still functioning, and we're still paying our bills. We will, however, be waiving interest and penalties for those unable to make their payment on time for accounts of $10,000 or less until Friday, June 12. We understand a lot of people are hurting right now. We totally understand.”

After his usual reminders, the Mayor had a special announcement:

“I want to thank Noah Sandler who is a freshman at Wayne Hills High School. Noah has created a music video to thank our frontline workers,” he said.

The video was played at the end of his update.  You can watch the entire video here: https://www.waynetownship.com/message-from-the-mayor.html

Sandler’s music video starts at: 11:25

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