WAYNE, NJ — Wayne Township has reported an additional six coronavirus deaths, bringing the cumulative total to 77 as of Wednesday afternoon.
Mayor Christopher Vergano announced the updated totals in a Wednesday news conference, which included an additional 19 positive test results, seeing the total number of positive cases rise to 862.
The new positive cases include 10 men and nine women ranging in age from 10 to 92.
During the conference, Vergano reported there were seven new deaths, bringing the total to 78. However, the township's coronavirus data summary shows only 77 total deaths.
"Our number of new cases continues to be steady today," said Vergano, "please don't be fooled thinking this is over."
The newly reported deaths are as follows:
- 77-year-old male died April 4
- 93-year-old female died April 14
- 92-year-old female died April 22
- 78-year-old female died April 24
- 89-year-old female died April 26
- 62-year-old male died April 28
Some stores in Wayne Township provide shopping hours specifically for people who are at a high risk of contracting the new coronavirus.
- Stop & Shop — 6 a.m to 7:30 a.m. — daily
- Trader Joes — 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. — daily
- Costco — 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. — Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
- ShopRite — 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. — Wednesday
- Jack's Super Foodtown of Wayne — 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. daily
Town Hall decorations:
A section of Wayne Town Hall will be illuminated with red, white and blue lights in memory of those who have died from COVID-19, said Vergano.
Meals for front-line workers:
Front Line Appreciation Group, or FLAG, provided meals to front-line workers on Wednesday, according to Vergano.
180 meals in total were provided to front-line workers, including 120 to the second shift of Paterson's Emergency Medical Service Fire Department from Pizza One and 60 meals to St. Joe's Paterson Outpatient Clinic from Gencarelli's.
Testing at William Paterson University will be closed on Thursday due to forecasts of severe weather, the county announced on Wednesday afternoon. In a tweet, the county stated an announcement will be made Thursday regarding the status of testing for Friday.
Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order which will open state and county parks beginning at sunrise on Saturday, May 2. "This is very good news," said Vergano, who said parks will be open Saturday for "passive recreation". Social distancing must be followed, he said.
The mayor also said that in accordance with Gov. Murphy's executive order, the grace period on property taxes due May 1 has been extended to June 1. Vergano originally announced that the grace period would be extended until June 12.
Donations and Volunteering:
- CASA of Passaic County is selling yard signs emblazoned with the phrase "Thank you to all the heroes among us." They can be purchased at passaiccountycasa.org.
- The drive-thru Passaic County testing facility at William Paterson University is in need of volunteers to complete a variety of duties. Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Residents can also help out by making a monetary donation to the WIN Food Pantry. Checks can be made out to the WIN Food Pantry and sent to PO Box 3341, Wayne.
- The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive in Wayne next month. Vergano said those hoping to donate blood must first pre-register online using the sponsor name "WayneYMCA" as the keyword.
- Donations can also be made to Flag of Greater Wayne through Venmo (@Flagofgreaterwayne) or Zelle at email@example.com, or by mailing a check made out to Flag of Greater Wayne to the Mayors Office, 475 Valley Road, Wayne.
How the Virus Spreads:
The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person.
Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.
There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19.
While the best way to prevent illness is to avoid virus exposure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention always recommends taking preventive actions to contain the spread of viruses.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Payton Potter contributed to this report.