WAYNE, NJ – During his daily coronavirus briefing, Mayor Chris Vergano announced lower than usual numbers, but warned that we are not out of the woods yet.  

“We've experienced another death today in the Township due to COVID-19 and our death count now stands at sixty-seven,” said Vergano. “A 94-year-old male passed on April 22nd and our condolences go out to his family.”

In a sign of the times, the Mayor said that reporting only one death today was “a very good thing.”  He was comparing it to the fifteen deaths he had to announce yesterday and followed his statement up by saying: “Although it's never good when I have to report death to the Township.”

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He announced fourteen positive test results today and the cumulative positive tests for the Township now stands at 817.

The new positive cases include:

  • Men: 7
  • Women: 7
  • Average Age: 68
  • Age Range: 17 - 90

Nine residents are being treated in local hospitals.

“Please don't be fooled into thinking that this is over yet,” he said of the lower numbers.


During his announcements, the Mayor acknowledged several groups who have helped during the pandemic.  

He started with: “The Wayne Hills football team and booster club has raised funds and matched them and have provided 13,150 meals to our frontline workers during the past four weeks. Congratulations to them.”

“The Wayne boys & Girls Club has collected over 25,000 power bars and delivered them to Saint Joe’s Wayne Medical Center and Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains through their power up initiative,” announced the Mayor.  This was a program that ran in conjunction with the Wayne Parks and Rec Department that collected healthy ‘grab-and-go’ snacks for busy healthcare workers.

He spoke briefly about Wayne’s Office of Emergency Management, saying they have been very busy during this crisis. “They have provided the following materials to either our Police Department or various nursing homes that we have through the Township:

  • 220 sets of goggles
  • 66 safety glasses
  • 617 N-95 masks
  • 1890 non-95 masks
  • 100 nursing caps
  • 70 full face Shields
  • 67 aprons
  • 390 gowns
  • 344 Tyvek suits
  • 320 shoe covers
  • 15 cases of hand sanitizer -less than five ounce s
  • 17,990 gloves
  • 27 cases of hand sanitizer - 5 ounces or greater

Vergano then spoke about a new initiative to help support FLAG of Greater Wayne. “Evie Wen partnered with Victory Athletic, a Wayne apparel and printing company, and designed three versions of T-shirts and sweatshirts honoring the superheroes in our great town.”  All proceeds from the sale of these shirts go to feed and support front-line healthcare workers and first responders.

The shirts read: “Superheroes wear Scrubs” and “Wayne Strong 2020”  Click here to order.

In conclusion, he said: “Today is Sunday afternoon, the weather outside is terrible which is good because everyone will stay home and be safe. We will get through all of this together. To those that are out there on the front lines, on behalf of all the residents of Wayne Township, we say ‘Thank You’ on a job well done. I ask that you please wash your hands, put on a mask and stay away from each other. Thank you.”

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
  • The COVID Testing site in Passaic County is looking for volunteers. To volunteer, email: volunteers@passaiccountynj.com
  • 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.
  • All Township parks are closed
  • 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
  • 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/
  • 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’