WAYNE, NJ – Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano, in response to Governor Murphy’s executive order closing State and County Parks, has made the difficult decision to close all of Wayne’s parks as of dusk tonight, Tuesday April 7 until further notice.

This includes the Nellis Drive Tennis Courts, the Laurelwood Arboretum, the Alps Road Turf fields and Waks fields. 

“My concern is that these facilities will be overwhelmed by those who currently are using state and county facilities and people will not be following social distancing,” said Vergano.

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The Mayor announced an additional twenty-eight positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the Township’s totals to 422.

  • Fourteen of the new cases are male and fourteen are female.
  • The average age is 52 and the age range is between 21 and 84-years-old.
  • Eight residents are being treated in local hospitals. So far, only one resident to date has been released to recover at home.
  • Three Wayne residents have passed away due to complications from the virus.

Vergano, again, voiced his fears for the senior residents of Wayne’s twelve nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Wayne. Today he added: “I encourage you to please stay away from the nursing homes. All of them are on lockdown. Bringing items to residents of nursing homes right now will not help anyone.”

One of Wayne’s Public Health Nurses, Sueyla Dervishi was introduced by Vergano and came to the podium to share information on signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

“I would like to just go over the latest knowledge on what we know about signs and symptoms for COVID-19 based on research to date,” said Dervishi, who then listed the most common symptoms of COVID-19.

The more common symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Body Aches

Less common symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

“Interestingly enough, a few people that I've come across have reported loss of taste or smell,” said Dervishi.

She then added that most people who get the virus will have mild symptoms that begin gradually.  She also added that some people have tested positive with no symptoms at all, though this is rare, but maybe only because asymptomatic people are not normally tested.

When Mayor Vergano came back, he told the Township that the CDC is now recommending that everyone wear cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. He added that N-95 masks or surgical masks are not recommended, only a cloth covering.

“if you're standing next to someone and wondering whether they have it or not, just assume they have it,” said Vergano.

The Mayor has been daily touting the FLAG of Greater Wayne volunteer group who have been taking donations to feed healthcare workers on the front line.  Vergano announced: “Today I have some very exciting news. FLAG of greater Wayne received a donation from RC Andersen Construction and Consulting Company, whose owners are longtime Wayne residents, in the amount of $25,000. I want to thank Bob Anderson for his contribution. It will go a long way to feed those working on the front lines of this pandemic.”

“Lastly, there's a new Coronavirus themed phishing attack going through email,” said Vergano. “Basically, you get an email from a local hospital saying that you possibly have come in contact with someone who has tested positive. Then they're asking you to click on some links that are going to just steal all the information from your computer.”  The mayor said that if you were in contact with someone who tested positive, you will get a phone call.

On April 15th between 12:00pm and 2:00pm, the Township, along with the Wayne Boys & Girls Club will be collecting “Power Snacks” for frontline workers.  Donations of power and energy bars can be dropped off in front of the Wayne Municipal Building or in front of the Wayne Boys & Girls Club. These are healthy grab-and-go snacks for busy healthcare workers.

Every night at 7:00pm is Wayne’s Clap-Out. The Mayor is asking that every resident step out of their house or lean out of a window and clap their hands for five-minutes as a gesture to thank all the Wayne residents who are on the frontline of this unprecedented global pandemic.

The Mayor had one final message: “if you’re food shopping today, I believe would be a good idea to thank the person behind the counter who is waiting on you and also those that stock the shelves,” said Vergano. “Without them, we wouldn't be eating today.”