WAYNE, NJ – Mayor Chris Vergano unhappily announced another seventeen Wayne residents who died due to complications from coronavirus and the cumulative total now stands at 102.

Those that passed did so over the course of the last month, but the Wayne Health Department did not get this information from the state until recently.

“Although this number appears to be very large, the date of the reported deaths starts on March 30,” said Vergano.  He then read age, gender and dates of passing of each.

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  • 60-year-old female passed on March 30
  • 73-year-old male passed on April 4
  • 79-year-old male passed on April 5
  • 80-year-old female passed on April 7
  • 92-year-old male passed on April 8
  • 77-year-old male passed on April 9
  • 83-year-old male passed on April 11
  • 95-year-old female passed on April 11
  • 68-year-old male passed on April 13
  • 76-year-old female passed on April 13
  • 85-year-old male passed on April 20
  • 80-year-old male passed on April 22
  • 71-year-old female passed on April 22
  • 87-year-old female passed on April 24
  • 86-year-old female passed on April 24
  • 90-year-old female passed on April 27
  • 88-year-old female pass on April 29

“These were all someone's mother and father, sister and brothers, and our condolences go out to all of their families,” Vergano said solemnly.

“I gave you the dates because I want you to understand that these just didn't happen last night,” he said. “The state reporting system is a little behind.”

The Mayor then announced twenty-one more Wayne residents who have tested positive and the cumulative number now stands at 894. Vergano added that twelve of the twenty-one were from the list of those who passed.  “So, the numbers are getting better,” he said. “And, based on these numbers, social distancing is working. 

The new positive cases include:

  • Men: 9
  • Women: 12
  • Average Age: 72
  • Age Range: 23 – 95

Eight residents are still being treated in local hospitals. “Hopefully, they will be coming home soon,” he said.

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
  • Parks and Golf Courses will open on Saturday
  • Playgrounds remains closed.
  • STAY SIX-FEET AWAY FROM EACH OTHER. NO CONGREGATING
  • 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 the primary is June 16
  • A virtual Board of Adjustment meeting will be held May 4
  • A virtual Zoning Board meeting will be held May 11
  • 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
  • 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’