Wayne Coronavirus Update 4/19/20

Wayne Coronavirus Update 4/19/20

By Jimmy He, Senior Editor

Mayor Chris Vergano announced that, as of April 19th, there are 673 positive cases of and 41 deaths relating to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wayne, New Jersey.

This is an increase of seven cases from April 18th and an increase of 119 cases and 20 deaths April 13th, which is just under a week ago.

While the number of deaths has doubled, the number of new cases has decreased for the second week in a row. For an updated statistical overview of demographics relating to Wayne cases, view this public notice.

“Although our numbers today were low, I just want you to bear in mind that this pandemic is not over,” Mayor Vergano commented, “We need to keep our social distancing.”

Currently, ten residents are being treated in local hospitals. Vergano also re-emphasized that the government is not allowed to, by law, give out any information regarding who has tested positive and where they live.

While the rate of new cases seems to have begun decreasing in Wayne, the state numbers are still steadily rising.

In New Jersey, there are currently 81,420 confirmed cases of the virus and 4,070 deaths, a significant increase from a week ago, where the number of confirmed cases was 37,505 and the death toll 917.

The state still remains second among those reporting the most cases, following distantly behind New York, which has reported 236,732 total cases and 17,671 total deaths.

The Passaic County drive through COVID-19 screening is continuing this week starting Monday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at William Paterson University. Those participating must have a doctors’ prescription and be a resident of Passaic County.

The William Paterson screening center is also in need of volunteers. Those with a medical background willing to help can email the organization at [email protected]

The Wayne Food Pantry is also accepting monetary donations in order to buy supermarket gift cards for those in need. Any donations can be mailed to the Wayne Food Pantry, PO BOX 3341, Wayne NJ, 07470.

Flag of Grater Wayne, a local frontline appreciation group, is also accepting donations that will go towards providing meals for frontline workers. Yesterday, the group partnered with Monello Landscaping and Nothing Bundt Cakes, delivering 150 meals and bundtlets to workers at Chilton Hospital. For information regarding how to help, view this public notice.

Vergano also reiterated that Wayne Day has been moved to September 13th, and that the township is currently making decisions regarding the memorial day parade and will let the public know as soon as they do.

Vergano closed off his update by saying, “Please, do what you can do to help. The numbers are getting better, which is good for all of us throughout this tri-state area. So let’s all work together and get through this and be one Wayne.”

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

Stay indoors, stay safe.