WAYNE, NJ – In a somber tone, Wayne Township’s Mayor, Chris Vergano announced the death of two of the Town’s residents due to complications from the Coronavirus. 

“Unfortunately, today I have some very sad news,” said Vergano. “We have lost two of our residents to this virus. A 73-year-old female and an 83-year-old male passed yesterday from the effects of the virus. Our thoughts go out to their families.”

These are the first deaths for Wayne residents who have been counted among those who tested positive. 

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“As we've said before we have expected the numbers to rise due to additional testing, and once again they have,” the Mayor said. “Today I can report to you that we have an additional nineteen positive results and our positive number is now at 144.”

The state of New Jersey only provides positive test results to the Township so the Mayor does not have information on the total number of residents who have been tested.  What he does know is that the testing done at the William Paterson University Campus is coming back at approximately 50% positive.

Once again, the Mayor implored the town to follow social distancing guidelines, to dispose of plastic gloves in garbage cans and to not throw them on the ground, and that he cannot give out any names or information on anyone who has tested positive.

He also reminded the Town that local hospitals are in need of supplies and donations. “If you are inclined to donate, please check the websites of both Chilton and Saint Joseph's Wayne for additional information,” he said.

Blood donations are needed and the Wayne YMCA is hosting blood drives on April 6 and May 13 from 10:00am – 4:00pm.

“We must all work together, and stay away from each other until the virus is ended,” said Vergano. “Today was very sad news: losing two of our own residents. I'm afraid this pattern will continue if we don't do something now. So, please stay away from each other stay home and stay safe.”

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

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