WAYNE, NJ – Mayor Chris Vergano posted his daily update yesterday and announced the largest increase in positive numbers to date: “I am troubled to report today that we've had the largest single increase since we started tracking these numbers, and I realized that I said the same thing yesterday, but the numbers have grown even larger today.”

“I can report that we've had an additional 98 positive results, and the cumulative positive number is now at 359,” said Vergano.

The Mayor mentioned that the youngest male in this new group was 18 and the oldest was 92; while the youngest female was 4 and the oldest was 99.

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Wayne Township’s stance has always been to not report the names of those testing positive or where they live, but the Mayor said the following to open his update: “From the beginning of this health crisis, one of the biggest fears has been the safety of our most vulnerable residents living in the twelve nursing homes and assisted living facilities located throughout the Township,” Vergano said. “Our health Department, under the direction of Maryann Orapello, has been in constant touch with each facility to ensure that they are following the protocols, rules and regulations. However, we are realistic enough to know that these facilities will most likely have many residents testing positive which will lead to a very sad outcome for many.”

On the Passaic County website, it is reported that five residents of the Preakness Healthcare Center have tested positive for COVID-19, with four of those five admitted to the hospital. “One resident who was hospitalized has succumbed to this deadly virus,” read the statement. “Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of our resident.”

Vergano reported that of the 359 positive cases, many have already recovered. “But, once they go on the list they stay on the list,” he said.

According to the Mayor, there are still only eight residents who are being treated in the hospital and only two residents have died.  However, the Passaic County website is reporting four deaths for Wayne residents. Vergano, having been made aware of this discrepancy has reached out to Passaic County and is awaiting a response as to why their numbers are different. 

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