WAYNE, NJ – In Mayor Chris Vergano’s daily update, he said: “Today we've had the largest spike the largest single increase since we started tracking those numbers.”

“I can report you today that we had an additional 45 positive results and the cumulative positive number is now at 261,” said Vergano “This is real folks. This is totally real.”

Since the State of New Jersey only reports the positive test results to Wayne Township, Vergano admitted that they do not have information on the total number of people who have tested negative.

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Of the new positive test results, twenty-eight were male and seventeen were female. 

The Mayor reported that a 4-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl tested positive.

“Our public health nurses have been extremely busy and will be busy over this weekend contacting all those who came back with positive test results in order to find out the people that they have had direct contact with,” said Vergano.

All the new positive cases are being treated at home, with still only eight township residents being treated in local hospitals.

Vergano then mentioned:

  • The COVID-19 Screening site at William Paterson University will open again on Monday.
  • Economic assistance is available online: COVID19.NJ.GOV
  • A list of Food Retailers in the Town is available here: https://www.waynetownship.com/public-notice.html?task=document.viewdoc&id=6409
  • All disposable gloves, masks and wipes need to be thrown in the garbage. Not on the ground and not flushed down the toilet.
  • Federal assistance is still available for businesses through the state of New Jersey and federal programs that website isassistance.business.nj.gov
  • Our local hospitals are still in need of supplies you can check their individual websites well the Chilton hospital and Saint Joe's Wayne
  • Congregating still continues to be a problem. Please stay 6 feet away from each other
  • Our golf courses continue to be closed our basketball courts continue to be closed our playgrounds are closed
  • Garbage and recycling continue to be picked up following the normal schedule
  • Vegetative waste pickup started this week
  • The recycling center is still open Seven days a week
  • FLAG of Greater Wayne is a volunteer group that collects donations to feed local healthcare workers at local hospitals. Information can be found here: https://www.waynetownship.com/public-notice.html?task=document.viewdoc&id=6427

“I just want to take a moment to talk about all of our volunteers: our first Aid Squad, our Fire Department, our First Responders our Police Department are all out there every day, still answering calls and taking care of us,” said Vergano. “I want to give a special thank you to that group. Our first responders, we couldn't do it without you.”

Clap Because We Care. 

Mayor Vergano then announced a movement that was brought to his attention called Clap Because We Care.  “This is a movement to thank doctors, nurses, policemen, firefighters, first responders and health care workers who are taking care of us during this pandemic,” he said.

“People across Wayne are encouraged to go out on their front steps or open a window at 7:00 PM tonight and clap for about 5 minutes for anyone who has to work out in the public during this crisis,” he said. “It's a simple gesture. it'll get you outside for a few minutes. Just stay away from each other when you're outside.

To watch the entire video, click here: https://www.waynetownship.com/message-from-the-mayor.html

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