WAYNE, NJ – Mayor Chris Vergano laid out the support that the Wayne Township Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has given to long-term care (LTC) facilities during his May 19 COVID briefing. The support is needed as these facilities have been hit hardest during the pandemic.

“I know it's a very difficult time for those that have relatives in nursing homes and it's very difficult time for those that work there,” said Vergano, who added: “These are our most fragile people, and I know our nursing homes are doing the best they can under these circumstances.”

To help stop the spread of the virus within Wayne’s long-term care facilities, the Wayne OEM has provided the following personal protective equipment:

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  • 242 goggles
  • 66 safety glasses
  • 707 N95 masks
  • 2540 non-N95 masks
  • 100 nurses caps
  • 82 full face Shields
  • 1000 KN-95 masks
  • 67 aprons
  • 390 gowns
  • 344 Tyvek suits
  • 60 gowns, shirts and pants
  • 320 shoe covers
  • 15 cases of hand sanitizer (less than five ounces)
  • 19,540 gloves
  • 178 cases of hand sanitizer (five ounces or greater)

“I want you to know we have been working with the nursing homes when they experience problems getting PPE. We've also worked with some of our local group homes, and assisted them,” Vergano said.

Today’s numbers:

Five deaths of Wayne residents were announced by the Mayor, bringing the Township total to 142

  • 83-year-old male died on April 12
  • 72-year-old female died on April 14
  • 90-year-old male died on April 21
  • 73-year-old female died on April 28
  • 96-year-old male died on April 28

16 new positive cases were reported by the Mayor in today’s briefing. Nine of those 16 were from LTC facilities, while seven were from the general population, and the dates of collection for these cases were from March 27 through May 10.

The total cumulative positive cases for Wayne now stands at 1,264

The new positive cases for the Township include:

  • Men: 10
  • Women: 6
  • Average Age: 61
  • Age Range: 14 – 94

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/



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