WAYNE, NJ – A smile from Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano during his daily COVID briefing is rare, but there was a small smile on his face as he said: “We've had zero new deaths today. This is something I'm happy to report.”

The Mayor then announced 14 new cases which is the lowest amount in four days.

The positive cases included:

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  • Men: 7
  • Women: 7
  • Average Age: 64
  • Age Range: 23 - 85

The cumulative number of positive cases for Wayne is 1,081

1,602 Wayne residents have tested negative.

Wayne’s death count remains at 113.

Vergano spoke about the long-term care facilities in Wayne, once again mentioning that Wayne Township does not regulate or inspect these facilities except for food preparation and fire systems. “All other inspections are done by the state of New Jersey department of health,” said the Mayor.

“I can tell you that we have been in constant contact with our 12 nursing facilities and long-term care facilities,” he said. “We've provided various PPD at their request through the New Jersey State OEM. I think we have a very good working relationship with all of them. It's been very trying to get through these times, and they've been doing the best with the situation at hand.”

This morning, Passaic County announced that the COVID-19 testing facility at William Paterson University has opened up the facility to any Passaic County resident. No prescription is needed nor do you have to have any symptoms. See Story for details.

“Tomorrow is Mother's Day, and I would like to wish my mother my wife and all the mothers in Wayne Township a very happy Mother's Day,” said Vergano.

“I'm sure this Mother's Day will certainly be the most different of all time, but this is the new norm, and this is the way we have to live. A lot of people will be driving around visiting relatives. Please stay six-feet away. Please wear a mask.”

As a Mother’s Day present to us all, Vergano announced that there will be no coronavirus update tomorrow.  “See you Monday,” he said.

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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