WAYNE, NJ – Mayor Chris Vergano began his daily coronavirus update video as he usually does by reporting new cases.  He did have some good news to share for the first time.

“As we’ve talked about the numbers keep climbing, and we have eight new cases,” said Vergano

  • 47-year-old male
  • 36-year-old female
  • 46-year-old female
  • 64-year-old female
  • 64-year-old male
  • 62-year-old female
  • 45-year-old male
  • 68-year-old male

This brings our total to 56 positive cases, out of approximately 54,711 residents of Wayne Township.

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“As of today, we have three residents that are being treated in the hospital,” said Vergano. “Yesterday I asked everyone to say a prayer for those people of our community who are in the hospital,” said the Mayor. “I’m happy to report today that one of the original people who tested positive has been released from the hospital and she is now treating herself at home.”  This is the first good news that the Mayor has reported on in these daily updates.

“That’s excellent news, and we are happy that she is doing much better,” said Vergano in a positive tone.

Vergano then introduced one of Wayne’s full-time public health nurses, Sueyla “Sue” Dervishi She explained the steps that the health department takes when they are alerted of a positive test result.

“I want to go over how investigations work and how the health department as a whole is responding to this pandemic,” said Dervishi. “When we receive a positive test result, a thorough investigation is conducted, and anyone who has been in close contact with the person who tested positive will be notified by phone.”

Dervishi said that if you don’t have your voicemail set up or if your voicemail box is full, they can’t leave a message.  “So, if you get a call from a number you don’t recognize, pick it up,” she said.

She then mentioned people who might think their call is part of a scam.  She suggested calling the Wayne Health Department at (973)694-1800 Ext. 3281. Or going on the website: https://www.waynetownship.com/health.html and look up the name of Wayne’s Public Health Nurses. 

Here is how they are listed on their website:

  • Maryann Repice
  • Diane Stabile
  • Judith Ventrella
  • Sueyla Dervishi

Dervishi then went over public health recommendations: “One: please wash your hands with soap and water. Two: practice good respiratory hygiene. Don’t cough or sneeze in your hands. Cough into your elbow, sneeze into a tissue. Three: Stay home unless you absolutely have to go somewhere.”

“Lastly, I want to go over testing recommendations,” she said. “If you have no symptoms, testing is not recommended. If your symptoms are mild, discuss them with your physician.  He or she may suggest you get tested if you are of a certain age or if you have underlying health conditions. If you have been in contact with someone who did test positive, same rules apply.”

When the Mayor came back to the podium he said: “The way to stop this is to stay away from each other. The way to stop this is to wash your hands. The way to stop this is to tell your children to stop going out on the playgrounds with all their friends. The way to stop this is to not play basketball at the basketball courts. The way to stop this is if you’re out walking, stay six feet apart.”

He then announced that Passaic County reported that on Monday they tested 144 people at the COVID-19 testing site at William Paterson University and 67 came back as presumptive positives.

He warned: “Positive tests are going to continue to climb until we get through this.”

The Y will be having a blood drive with the American Red Cross,” said Vergano. “It will be at the Wayne YMCA on Monday, April 6 from 10:00am – 4:00pm and May 13 from 10:00am – 4:00pm.”

He finished with: “Please be careful out there. Please stay away from each other and Please talk to your kids.”

To watch the entire video, click here: https://www.waynetownship.com/message-from-the-mayor.html

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