WAYNE, NJ — Just over halfway through the month of December and Wayne has already seen more positive coronavirus cases than in November, Mayor Christopher Vergano announced during a weekend news conference.
According to Vergano, the township is reporting 649 new positive cases as of Dec. 19, which averages out to 38 new cases per day, a rate "which is extremely high from where we were going the last few months," Vergano said.
Vergano also reported three new coronavirus deaths in December, but added that these Wayne residents actually passed away in November, despite appearing on the December report.
Two of these residents were residing in a long-term care facility in the township.
November saw 549 new cases of the coronavirus, a clip of 18.3 per day. October was lower than that.
This comes as many families will need to make a decision about altering normal traditions around Christmas.
"We know Christmas is coming up this week ... but we all have to make some very important decisions about what we're going to do over the holidays, and how many people are going to be at our houses," said Vergano.
He compared the decisions facing families to that of the Thanksgiving holiday, when, in the days after, the township saw a rise in coronavirus cases.
"Do the right thing that's correct for you, your family and your loved ones," said Vergano.
COVID-19 testing is still available through the health department, which has tested 1,883 residets so far.
Testing will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 23 at Captain Kilroy Memorial Park. Appointments are full, however, Vergano urged people who can't make their appointment to call and cancel, so those spaces can be used by others.
As testing continues, vaccines have arrived in Wayne, including at St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center, where Director of Nursing Acieta Small was the first employee to receive a vaccine.
Wayne will be getting the Moderna vaccine shortly, Vergano said, adding that he doesn't know what day as of now.
Vergano said the township will be seeking volunteers to assist with the vaccine rollout, and more information will be available in the coming days.