WAYNE, NJ – Mayor Chris Vergano announced on his daily video coronavirus briefing that he had terrible news. 

“What I'm going to say is next is not the best of news. Actually, it's terrible news. We have experienced another fifteen more deaths in the Township due to COVID-19 and our death count now stands at sixty-six,” said Vergano.  

“These are grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, said the Mayor sadly. “Our condolences go out to all the families.”

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He then read off the age, gender and date of passing of each, as reported by the State of New Jersey to the Wayne Health Department.

  • 37-year-old male on April 19
  • 51-year-old male on April 19
  • 62-year-old female on April 14
  • 70-year-old male on April 14
  • 72-year-old female on April 20
  • 75-year-old male on April 13
  • 78-year-old male on April 15
  • 78-year-old female on April 21
  • 87-year-old male on April 6
  • 87-year-old male on April 7
  • 88-year-old male on April 2
  • 88-year-old female on April 18
  • 88-year-old male on April 22
  • 89-year-old male on April 22
  • 90-year-old female on April 19

Better news was that the number of positive cases for the day is well-below average.

“We've had an additional 13 positive test results,” said Vergano. “The cumulative positive number is out is that 803.”

The Positive cases include:

  • Men: 5
  • Women: 8
  • Average Age: 73
  • Age Range: 36 - 101

“We still have nine Wayne residents who are currently being treated in local hospitals, added Vergano.

“I started saying weeks ago, my greatest concern was our elderly population and the twelve senior citizen centers we have,” he said. “I think today, by reading those numbers and seeing that we have had sixty-six cumulative deaths, my fear is certainly playing out.”

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Vergano compared the bickering in Washington DC to the cooperation and the charitable works of the people of Wayne.

“I don't know about you, but I'm rather disappointed by what's going on in Washington DC,” he began. “Finger pointing and name calling; it's just amazing to me. They’re acting like a bunch of third graders on a playground.”

“Here in Wayne Township we are taking care of our residents,” he said proudly. “We have people at home making masks for our frontline workers to use. We have people at home using their 3D printers to make plastic face shields for our frontline workers. We have people that donate to organizations like FLAG of Greater Wayne and the WIN Food Pantry. We have a First-Aid Squad that is still answering calls; and they're very busy. We have a Fire Department that still answers the call. We have a Police Department, and many of you don't know that some of our police officers have tested positive and many of them are back to work already protecting your lives.”

“So, in Wayne, New Jersey, we're doing things that are above and beyond,” he continued. “People are doing what they need to do to get through this and they're showing that this is a great community that we all live in.”

Vergano finished with: “I couldn't be prouder of all of our people.  So many of our residents are stepping up during the situation to do great things. Let's continue that and stay safe. Thank you very much.”

The Mayor’s announcements included:

  • Passaic County CASA is selling “Thank you to the Heroes Amoung 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.
  • STAY SIX-FEET AWAY FROM EACH OTHER. NO CONGREGATING
  • 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
  • Cash payments for property taxes will be accepted at Town Hall on May 4 and May 5 from 9am – 11am.  CASH only.  You can also mail in or drop off a check or pay online.
  • 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’