WAYNE, NJ – Mayor Chris Vergano, during his daily updates, always mentions that his biggest fears during this outbreak has been for the residents of the twelve nursing homes and two assisted living facilities in Wayne. “Unfortunately, my fears have now come true,” he said and read off grim statistics about the Atrium Post-Acute Care Center in Wayne. The Mayor mentioned Twenty-five residents who have died, eighty residents who have tested positive, and seventeen staff members who have also tested positive.

“The total deaths that I have announced on a daily basis do not include 22 of these 25 deaths, for various reasons,” said Vergano. The Mayor mentioned that if the deceased person was not considered a Wayne resident, the state would report the fatality to the township where the person had previously resided.

“Our condolences go out to all of those families,” he said then read off the number the State has established as a nursing home hotline:  800-792-9770

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The State has reported to the Township two more Wayne residents who have died and the Mayor read off the ages, gender and dates of passing for each:

  • 85-year-old male who passed on April 8
  • 78-year-old female who passed on April 12

“I can also report that we've had an additional 20 new positive test results and our cumulative positive result is now at 666,” he said.

The new positive cases include:

  • Men: 8
  • Women: 12
  • Average Age: 53
  • Age Range: 10 – 91

Ten residents are being treated in local hospitals, and a total of 41 Wayne residents have passed away.







Vergano made his usual announcements, including:

  • The COVID Testing site in Passaic County is looking for volunteers. To volunteer, email: volunteers@passaiccountynj.com
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wayne day has been moved to September 13th
  • The annual shredding event was moved to June 20th
  • 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’
  • 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/

Vergano finished with: “It’s Saturday afternoon and the sun is shining. Go out and enjoy your family and please stay safe, and stay 6 feet away from each other. Thank you very much.”


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