WAYNE, NJ – Mayor Chris Vergano uploaded another COVID update to the Township website on Tuesday night, and this time he was reporting some very good news.

He started with the COVID numbers, because “it’s always been about the number,” he said, then added with a smile: “Things are getting better.”

For the month of May through the 16th, Wayne Township has 69 new positive COVID cases, which is an average of 4.31 cases per day.

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“That’s a very good number for us,” he added, then rattled off the number of new cases per month for 2021.

  • May 1-16: New cases: 69 – Avg/day: 4.31
  • April – New cases: 554 – Avg/day: 18.5
  • March – New cases: 845 – Avg/day: 27.3
  • February – New cases: 558 – Avg/day: 19.93
  • January – New cases: 1,012 – Avg/day: 32.7

On May 1, Wayne had the first day of zero reported new COVID cases since November 15. That was 161 days ago -or five months and ten days.

May 15 and May 16 both had zero new positive cases. The last time that happened for Wayne was September 7 and September 8. That was 251 days ago – or eight months and nine days.

Vergano credits vaccinations for the drop in cases in May, and Wayne residents continuing to social distance, wash hands and wear masks.

“If you haven’t gotten your vaccine yet, and you want to get your vaccine, we are certainly more than willing to help you do that,” said the Mayor. He then mentioned that the Wayne vaccine clinic has given out over 12,700 doses so far, and that the clinic has moved from the old Macy’s to the Health Department at Town Hall. Walk-ins are welcome, but the clinic is only on Wednesday afternoons.

“I can also report to you that 69% of the population over 18-years-old has received at least one dose of the COVID vaccines,” he added. “Wayne has the highest numbers in Passaic County.”

Wayne has purchased a freezer specifically for the Pfizer vaccine, which has been approved for adolescents who are 12 years old and up. The township is waiting for approval from the state to receive the Pfizer vaccine and Vergano believes that will happen in the next few weeks. At that point, the Health Department will set up vaccine clinics specifically for Wayne’s teenagers.

So far, the Township has given out 40 single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses to Wayne’s homebound residents.

“If you are homebound on you are not on our list, and you want to receive the vaccine, give us a call here at Town Hall,” he said. The number is 973-694-1800.

He finished with some Township announcements:

  • The Memorial Day Parade is happening on May 31, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
  • You can now register to join the Township Pool or Tom’s Lake
  • The Summer Concert Series is starting on June 30

“We want you to get out and enjoy those,” he said. “It’s been a long year for all of us and I want to thank everybody for your patience and understanding, and for coming together and working together to get through this pandemic.”

“Right now the numbers are good, and we are looking forward to a good and healthy summer,” said Vergano in conclusion.