WAYNE, NJ – Mayor Chris Vergano uploaded his daily coronavirus update video and had Randi London of the FLAG in Wayne Facebook Group on to talk about the group of volunteers who are donating food to healthcare workers on the front lines.
Before London came to the podium to speak, Vergano gave the daily count: “Today I can report another 26 positive test results, bringing our cumulative positive test number to 216 Wayne Residents,” said the Mayor.
Vergano said that although there are now eight people being treated for the virus at local hospitals, there are still only two deaths related to the outbreak.
The ages of the eighteen men who tested positive:
- 70 81
- 60 57
- 58 63
- 64 66
- 53 37
- 72 67
- 52 62
- 58 78
- 52 47
The ages of the eight women who tested positive:
- 46 66
- 49 34
- 37 77
- 89 66
“The Passaic County drive-through COVID-19 screening tests will continue this Saturday, April 4 from 9:00am – Noon at William Paterson University,” said Vergano. “You must have a doctor’s prescription and be a Passaic County resident.”
The Mayor went on to discuss programs available from the state of New Jersey for economic assistance which he said information for could be found at assistance.business.nj.gov
“We continue to publish a list of Wayne retailers that are open for takeout and delivery and this can be seen on our website at waynetownship.com we ask you to please support our local restaurants,” he said next.
After reminding residents to dispose of rubber gloves properly, that local hospitals are in need of donated supplies and that people congregating is still an issue that needs to be resolved, the Mayor introduced London who came to the podium to talk about her group’s effort.
“Our community has really come together in the past two weeks to help more than 850 frontline workers,” said London. “What started out as a simple request from a nurse for some cookies has turned into a community-wide effort raising more than $13,000 and counting.”
London announced that the money raised was to deliver meals to healthcare workers at eight area hospitals and creating care packages that will be delivered to Wayne Medical workers who work at St. Joseph’s in Wayne and Paterson and Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains.
“We couldn’t have done this without help from our local business partners who have been so generouas with their donations and discounts,” said London, naming: Positanos, Gyro grill, Vinny’s Pizzarama, Sunrise Bagels, Preakness Deli, Taste of Tuscany, Max’s Deli plus Jude Anthony Florist, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Lane Contractors Laurie’s Candies, Planted Eats and Chef for Seniors homemade meals.
“I'm sure you're wondering how you can help,” she said, pointing to the homemade sign on the podium.
Donations can be sent to Venmo @Flagofgreaterwayne
Email questions, suggestions to email@example.com
Checks can be made out to Flag of Greater Wayne and mailed to:
475 Valley Road
Wayne, NJ 07470
“Not everyone can donate,” she said. Then suggested: “Share our posts with your Wayne friends and your family. Share information about businesses that want to get involved. Spread the word anyway you can. You can even make cards with your families for frontline workers. We've gathered some, but we need a lot more, so we can spread it all around.”
The goal of the group is to get to $20,000 in donations.
“I Know for me, giving back at a time when many of us feel so helpless, feels so good,” said London in closing.
“When we're averaging 25-26 people testing positive a day, it's not a good sign,” said Vergano. “The only way we can stop this is to stay away from each other and stay home. Please protect your family, protect each other, and we will all get through this together as one united Wayne.”