WAYNE, NJ – During his daily coronavirus update, Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano reported increases in both Wayne resident deaths and positive COVID cases.  Wayne has been under a local state of emergency for 51 days, a little more than seven weeks, and the number of new cases does not seem to be dropping in any significant way. However, it is difficult to truly track the numbers without the dates of testing coinciding with the positive results.







“Today, the state of New Jersey has advised us of six new deaths that were entered into the state reporting system today,” announced the Mayor.

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Wayne’s death toll due to COVID-19 is now 114. Vergano did not provide any details on the six deaths during his recorded video update.

“I can also report that we've had an additional 31 positive test results,” said Vergano. “Our grand total is now at 1,038 positives.”

20 of the 31 positive cases are from Wayne’s long-term care facilities and the samples from these tests were collected between March 29 and April 29.

He then went on to say that the State has informed him that 1,386 people from Wayne have tested negative for Coronavirus.

New positive cases include:

  • Men: 20
  • Women: 11
  • Average Age: 66
  • Age Range: 22 - 91

“Yesterday, started national nursing week, and we want to thank all the nurses out there who are working very hard to keep us safe,” said Vergano. “This will be the year of the nurse.”

“I also want to thank everyone, and I mean everyone, working in our nursing homes and our long-term care facilities,” he continued. “All those working in hospitals and doctor’s offices and any other medical facility. The last two months have been an extreme challenge for everyone working in the healthcare field and we are most grateful for all that you've done and will continue to do to take care of us.”

“Today we have another great video for your viewing pleasure that will play right after my remarks,” he said.  The video is a tribute to all frontline workers who are keeping us safe, taking care of our health and keeping essential services open.  You can view the video here. It begins at the 7:13 mark.


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
  • 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/


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