WAYNE, NJ – Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano uploaded his daily coronavirus update video and announced the lowest number of new cases since March 29. “Although the number of new cases is lower today, don't be fooled in thinking that this pandemic is over,” he said. “We need you to continue social distancing.”
Vergano reported an additional seventeen positive test results bringing the Township’s cumulative number to 470.
“Today we were given additional information,” said Vergano. “Many people have asked how many Wayne residents have tested negative over the course of this event. I can now tell you that number is 436.”
- 470 positive test results for Wayne Residents
- 436 negative test results
- 11 people have been treated in the hospital – One has been released to recover at home
- Three Wayne residents have died.
- Today’s positive results include seven men and ten women.
- Their average age is fifty-eight and the age range is from 18 to 101.
“The CDC is now requiring the use of a mask or a cloth face covering in public settings including supermarkets and where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain,” said Vergano. “The CDC advises the use of covering to slow the spread of the virus and help people who have the virus and don't know it, from transmitting it to others.”
Once again Vergano advised residents to stay away from Wayne’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities. According to the Mayor, the Township Health Department has been in contact with each of the nursing homes to make sure they are following guidelines and protocols. “However, we are realistic enough to believe that this group of individuals will most likely have many residents testing positive which will lead to outcomes that are not in the best interest for many,” he said.
Vergano then announced that the state has established a hotline to call if you have questions about nursing homes: 800-792-9770
In positive news, the Mayor thanked the Wayne Valley High School Girls Softball team for donating candy and thank you cards for volunteers and first responders. He also thanked Positano’s for delivering food to the Radiology Department at St. Joseph’s hospital.
“We'd like to welcome Dr. James Pruden, the emergency room director at St. Joseph’s hospital,” said Vergano. “He'll be staying in Wayne for a few days after his treatment for COVID-19.”
Dr. Pruden was in intensive care for weeks with the Coronavirus but has recovered and was released from the hospital yesterday. “We're happy to say he's a resident of Wayne, even though it's temporarily, and we're glad you're OK,” the Mayor said.
“The positive numbers are still rising, and we must all work together and stay six-feet away from each other,” said the Mayor in closing. “I just want to say to all the parents: When your kids are going out to go out play in the neighborhood, or they're going to their boyfriend or girlfriend's house, that's how this is spreading. Riding their bikes six-feet apart is fine, but hanging out at the schools is not fine. Please join us and take this very serious. It is.”