Wayne, NJ – On March 31, Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano announced the first reported deaths of Wayne residents due to complications of COVID-19. Since then, the cumulative number has grown to 49.  Up until today, the youngest who had passed was a 64-year-old female.  Today that number dropped.

“We’ve experienced one more death in the Township due to COVID-19,” said Vergano. He then announced that it was a 52-year-old female who passed away on April 7. 

Prior to today’s announcement, the age range of those who have died due to the virus was between 64 and 96, and the average age was 79. The 52-year-old female announced was 12 years younger than the previous youngest and 27 years younger than the average.

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“Our condolences go out to her family at this time,” said the Mayor solemnly.

He then announced an additional 23 positive test results, and that the cumulative positive number is now at 763.

The new positive cases include:

  • Men: 15
  • Women: 8
  • Average Age: 72
  • Age Range: 30 – 94

Nine Wayne residents are currently being treated in local hospitals.


The Mayor began his township announcements and mentioned cash payments of property taxes. “I was surprised that a lot of people pay their taxes in cash,” he added.

Cash payments can be made at Town Hall for two days only: Monday, May 4 and Tuesday, May 5 between the hours of 9:00am and 11:00am. 

“A special window is being set up for this purpose in the lobby of the Police Department, so there will only be one cashier available, and only one person will be allowed in at a time. All others will need to wait outside and stand at least six feet apart,” Vergano said.

“This is for cash payment of property taxes only,” he added. “Please do not stand in the line if you're going to be paying by check. All non-cash payments should be placed in the silver box which is located in front of the municipal building right by the parking lot. Or Mail your check to the Township. Or pay online through your bank.”

The Mayor finished with: “if you have any questions about anything concerning COVID-19 and the Township call us please: 973-694-1800. You can also email me at mayor@waynetownship.com.  If I don't have the answer, I'll find you somebody who has the answer. We ask you to please check in on your neighbors, your family members and the elderly to make sure they are OK during this crisis. Lastly, we will get through this as long as we all work together. Thank you very much.


The Mayor’s announcements included:

  • Passaic County CASA is selling “Thank You to the Heroes Among Us” lawn 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 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 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/
  • 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 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
  • 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’