WAYNE, NJ – For a time, the number of positive cases reported by Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano in his updates seemed to have been dipping, but since April 19, the numbers have been climbing.









Yesterday, we reported the death of the youngest Wayne resident at age 52.  Today the Mayor announced one that was younger and both deaths he mentioned were people in their fifties.

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“We’ve experienced two more deaths in the Township,” he said. “A 59-year-old female who passed on April 22 and a 51-year-old male who passed on April 18.” 

The death count now stands at fifty-one.

“I can also report that we've had an additional twenty-seven positive test results, and our cumulative positive number is now at 790,” he added.

The graphs that the Township posts on their website show a steady increase of positive results over time with no sign of a plateau.  There was a small dip in numbers when ‘only’ seven positive cases were reported on April 19, but the numbers have increased since then with 17 – 19 – 31 – 23 and 27 today.








The new positive cases include:

  • Men: 12
  • Women: 15
  • Average Age: 64
  • Age Range: 17 - 94

Ten residents are now being treated in local hospitals.


“I just want to take another moment to thank our Police Department,” said the Mayor. “The 114 men and women of our Police Department have been out there every day under extreme conditions, and they’re doing a great job under the direction of Chief Jack McNiff. Our First-Aid Squad is still out there answering calls day and night to take care of us and our fire Department is still answering the call. So, thank you to all of you”

“Let's be safe this weekend,” he said in conclusion.

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
  • 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 12th
  • 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/
  • 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’