Wayne Coronavirus Update 4/5/20


By Jimmy He, Senior Editor

Mayor Chris Vergano announced in his daily coronavirus update that, as of April 5th, there are a cumulative 359 positive cases of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wayne, New Jersey.

This is a 98 case increase from the day previous on April 4th, and nearly quadruple the number of cases from a week earlier on March 30th, where the number of positive cases was 93.

“I am troubled to report today that we have the largest single increase since we started tracking these numbers,” said Vergano in an early portion of his announcements.

In New Jersey, there are currently 37,505 confirmed cases of the virus and 917 deaths, a significant increase from a week ago, where the number of confirmed cases was 13,376 and the death toll 161.

The state remains second among those reporting the most cases, following behind New York, which has reported 122,177 total cases and 4,159 total deaths.

Of the 359 cases in Wayne, the majority are reportedly being treated at home, with eight being treated in hospitals. The number of deaths remains at two.

Vergano also added, “Many of these people have already recovered [from coronavirus], but once they go on the list they stay on the list.”

The Passaic county drive-through screening taking place at William Paterson University is continuing Monday, April 6th, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Those attending must have a doctors’ prescription and be a Passaic County resident.

Vergano also introduced the formation of a new group: FLAG of Greater Wayne. Standing for “frontline appreciation group”, the organization delivers food to frontline workers, including staff at local hospitals, Wayne EMTs, and volunteers at the William Paterson testing center.

For additional information on the group and how people donate to its cause, you can view this public notice.

To conclude the update, Mayor Vergano once again emphasized the importance of social distancing.

“We must all work together and stay six feet away from each other until this passes,” he said, “Together we will get through this.”

As always, you can view Mayor Vergano’s daily coronavirus updates on the township website, which posts new information on a daily basis. 

Stay indoors, stay safe.