WAYNE, NJ – “It seems like every day we’re up and down and up and down,” said Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano during his April 28 coronavirus briefing. He was referring to an increase in positive test results that he described as a “dramatic” increase from yesterday.

Vergano began his briefing by pointing out the Passaic County CASA sign on his podium and talked about how to purchase a sign to show support for front-line workers and support CASA’s foster children advocacy work.

He then moved on to the grim duty of reporting the death of one Wayne resident. “A 78-year-old male passed on April 8, and our condolences go out to his family,” said Vergano. “Our death count now is at 71.”

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Vergano then announced twenty-one new positive test results and that Wayne’s accumulative total now stands at 843.

“Our new number of cases increased dramatically from yesterday, but it seems like every day we're up and down and up and down, so we just need to get to a point where we're flattening the curve,” said Vergano.

The new positive cases include:

  • Men: 6
  • Women: 15
  • Average Age: 60
  • Age Range: 48 – 95

Eight Wayne residents are being treated in local hospitals.

“Our Police Department is out there in force today,” said the Mayor. “They’re making sure that you are social distancing properly. Please don't make them tell you to get away from each other; it's a waste of police manpower but it's necessary in the society that we live in now. This is the new norm. “For now, let's all stay together and get through this together. Thank you very much.”

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/
    • “Superheroes wear Scrubs” apparal is available for purchase and all proceeds go to FLAG of Greater Wayne. 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’