WAYNE, NJ – Mayor Chris Vergano reported good numbers today during his COVID-19 daily briefing.

“We have zero new COVID-19 deaths to report today,” said Vergano. “That's very good news!”

He then went on to report five new positive test results.  Three are from long-term care facilities and two are from the general population. 

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The crisis is not over yet, but we are getting closer to that day we have all been looking forward to: a day when there are zero new deaths and zero new positive cases. 

The Mayor did not provide demographic details on the new positive cases.  He did mention that there are no 1,335 total Wayne residents who have tested positive and 2,648 who have tested negative.

Every resident and every staff member at the twelve long-term care facilities have begun to be tested as part of the state mandate and Wayne Township will soon start testing in the four senior living facilities at Sisco Village, Sienna Village the Summer Hill Apartments and the Four Seasons complex.  Both of these will likely add to the positive numbers.  Or, perhaps show that the worst of this pandemic is in the rearview mirror even for our most vulnerable residents.

Vergano announced that the swimming area at Captain Kilroy Park should be open by June 6. He has been asked continuously about the James Roe Pool facility, but said that all public pools, including pools in private residential complexes must remain closed until the Governor provides guidance to open them up again. 

“We've made a lot of progress and things are much better today than they were two months ago,” said Vergano.  

With luck and continued cooperation, things will continue to get better.

The Mayor’s announcements included:

  • Sweatshirts and T-shirts are on sale with a ‘Wayne Strong’ message.  Proceeds will help support Wayne Helping Hands who help to feed Wayne residents in need. 
  • 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
  • Free COVID testing will soon be available for residents of Sienna Village, Cisco Village, Summerhill Apartments and the Four Seasons. The testing is voluntary and will happen at the resident’s home.
  • The Wayne Public Library is open for curbside delivery, drop-off and pickup.
  • The COVID Testing site in Passaic County is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9am – 12pm.  Anyone can be tested for COVID-19 as long as they are Passaic County residents. 
  • The Wayne Farmer’s Market is open for pick-up only on every Saturday. 
  • 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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