WAYNE, NJ – For the first time since Mayor Chris Vergano began reporting on the number of positive coronavirus cases for Wayne residents 68 days ago, there were zero new positive cases to report for Tuesday, May 26.

Vergano did not hold his daily press conference on Sunday and Monday, so Tuesday’s report gave the number for all three days. The statistics for the past three days were relatively positive overall. Fifteen new cases for Sunday and Monday and ZERO for today. 

Even though three deaths were reported, it was an average of one death announcement per day for the last three days (ZERO deaths reported on Sunday, one on Monday and two on Tuesday). One death is one death too many, but in looking at the trends over the last few weeks, those numbers are low and a good sign that this pandemic is petering out, at least in Wayne.

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The number of positive cases for the last three days was ‘only’ 15 and twelve of those were from long-term care facilities. Again, the average of one new case per day in the general public and four new positive cases per day for nursing homes is a huge step in the right direction. 

The three Wayne residents who died were:

  • 87-year-old-female passed away on May 3
  • 100-year-old female passed away on May 13
  • 65-year-old male passed away on May 22

Total number of Wayne residents who died due to COVID-19: 158

The fifteen new positive cases from Sunday and Monday included:

  • Men: 2
  • Women: 13
  • Average Age: 75
  • Age Range: 43 – 92

Total number of positive cases: 1,321

Total number of Wayne residents who have tested negative: 2,578

There is a possibility that the number of positive cases could rise in the nursing homes because today begins the mandatory testing of everyone in long-term care facilities including residents and staff.

During his announcements, Vergano mentioned that Governor Phil Murphy is allowing in-person graduation ceremonies to happen in July. See Story for details.

“We were very happy to hear that, because I know a lot of people are very concerned that proper graduations were not going to take place this year,” said Vergano.

Vergano also mentioned that the swimming area of Tom’s Lake at Captain Kilroy Park could be opened by June 6.  More details are coming.  The Mayor is waiting the Governor’s okay in order to open the James Roe Pool facility.

On Monday, the Township held their Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony. See story for more details.  Vergano hopes that it will be televised on channel 77 today sometime.

“I ask you, once again, please wash your hands, stay six- feet away from each other, check on your family members and the elderly to see if anybody needs assistance during these tough times,” he said in conclusion. “Don't be afraid to call us here if you need anything. The phone number is 973-694-1800 and as always, my email is: mayor@waynetownship.com”

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 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/