WAYNE, NJ – Mayor Chris Vergano announced that this week is National EMS week during his daily coronavirus briefing. After his announcements a special video was shown as a tribute to the volunteer men and women of the Wayne Memorial First Aid Squad.

“The squad has been a great help during this pandemic, and we want to thank all their members for all they do,” said Vergano.

The Numbers

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The Mayor announced two more deaths of Wayne residents.

“The state of New Jersey has advised us that, unfortunately two of our elderly residents have passed away at long term care facilities due to COVID-19,” he said.

A 98-year-old female passed on May 9 and an 85-year-old male passed on May 10. This brings the town total to 137

There were 22 new positive cases of COVID-19, however 20 of these were from long-term care facilities and the dates of testing for these cases were between April 27 and May 11.

The new positive cases include:

  • Men: 7
  • Women: 15
  • Average Age: 74
  • Age Range: 14 - 96

Total number of positive cases for Wayne: 1,248

Total number of Wayne residents who have tested negative: 2,083


“Today is my Mother’s 90th birthday,” said the Mayor, “I want to wish her a happy birthday!”

“We survived the weekend,” he said in conclusion. “Please wash your hands. Please wear a mask when you're out and about; they're not required but there certainly suggested. Check on your family and we will get through this. Thank you very much everyone, and Mom: Happy Birthday.”

To watch the EMS tribute video, click here.  The video begins at the 7:54 mark.

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/