WAYNE, NJ – In his daily coronavirus briefing, Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano announced only five new positive test results and attributed the low to the Township’s social distancing practice. “It's working so please keep on doing what you're doing,” he said.

The number of deaths reported is also a low number: three.

With his usual dignity, Vergano read of the ages, gender and dates of passing of each deceased Wayne resident:

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  • 76-year-old female passed on April 12
  • 89-year-old male passed on April 12
  • 83-year-old male passed on April 17

Positive test cases reported today are the lowest they have been since March 20 and are  more than 60% less than the two-week average.  The hope is that this is not an anomaly and these low numbers become more of the norm.

The five positive cases include:

  • Men: 2
  • Women: 3
  • Average Age: 60
  • Age Range: 8 – 89

The total cumulative positive cases of Wayne residents is now 822.

The total number of Wayne residents who have died due to COVID-19 is now seventy.

Eight residents are currently being treated in local hospitals.


The Mayor’s update was brief and after his usual announcements he ended with: “Lastly I just want to say that we're glad to see the numbers were so low today. That is a very good sign and that's all because we've been practicing social distancing correctly.”

“I've said before, and I'll say it again: I couldn't be prouder of the Township of Wayne and its residents and how many of them have stepped up to help others,” he said. “Let's continue to do that as we go through this pandemic.”


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/
    • You can also support FLAG by purchasing their ‘Wayne Strong 2020’ apparel. Click here to order.
  • 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’