WAYNE, NJ – It seems over the last week that the numbers of positive cases and deaths due to COVID-19 have been decreasing. This is true; however, it takes time for the state to report to Wayne’s Department of Health deaths of residents, so today, Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano informed the Township of seven more deaths that occurred between the dates of April 16 and May 9.

“We lost five more women aged 89, 93, 94, 93 and 91 on May 9 April 16 two on May 5 and one on May 7,” the Mayor announced. “We also lost two men aged 78 and 91 on April 29 and May 2. Our condolences go out to their families.”

Vergano stated that there were fourteen new positive test results and twelve of these came from long-term care facilities. Those twelve samples were collected between March 29 and May 5.

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This means that only two new cases of COVID-19 were reported today in the Wayne general population. This is the fifth day in a row that this statistic has been in single digits.

The positive cases include:

  • Men: 5
  • Women: 9
  • Average Age: 83
  • Age Range: 50 - 100

Cumulative Total of positive cases for Wayne Township: 1,193

Number of residents who have tested negative: 1,827

Cumulative number of Wayne Deaths: 124

“The Governor announced on Monday that he will be allowing the restarting of nonessential construction and allowing nonessential retail stores to open for curbside sales,” said Vergano. “This will take place on Monday and provide for drive thru and drive-in events under social distancing guidelines. Today he's issuing some additional orders concerning our beaches and lakes. I will be very interested to see those.

In conclusion, Vergano said: “I ask you, once again please wash your hands, please stay away from each other and check on your family members and the elderly. We will get through this.”

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/