As of Wednesday March 10, 2021, the Borough has 28 new cases of COVID-19. This is an increase from previous weeks, in large part due to the fact that we are seeing more families or people living in the same household getting the virus.
Local and state numbers are trending down. A single-shot vaccine from Johnson and Johnson is slowly becoming available in our state, in addition to the two others already available. This is all very good news.
We continue to mourn the loss of the thirteen residents who passed due to virus complications. Our hearts are with their loved ones.
Starting March 15th, all educators will be eligible for vaccination. On March 29th all food workers become eligible. Please see the charts below. Availability of vaccines should start to ramp up in the next month.
If you received an email from the state saying that you are eligible for a vaccine you must now try to get an appointment. Wherever you can get an appointment, whether that be local (Wayne), county (Passaic), state, or hospital, take advantage of it. 2.2 million people have received the email from the state with only 130,000 doses available. Unfortunately, you must keep trying to get an appointment due to demand exceeding supply.
Passaic County’s vaccination site is in the Plaza 46 Shopping Center (where the old Modell's was) on Route 46 in Woodlawn Park. Passaic County is getting roughly 1,000 vaccines a week. Please visit www.passaiccountynj.org for more information.
The health department for Pompton Lakes and Wayne has a vaccine site at the former Macy's Preakness Shopping Center in Wayne. Currently the state gives us 400 vaccines a week. We have vaccinated over 4,000 Wayne and Pompton Lakes residents to date. Please visit Wayne Township's website to try and book an appointment. Appointments open on Fridays at 3pm and fill up very quickly.
Indoor dining is now up to 35% of occupancy or 150 people, the lesser of the two. As of March 1st, sports and entertainment venues with capacity of 5,000 or more may have 10% for indoor and 15% for outdoor seating. Effective immediately houses of worship and religious services can operate at 50% capacity with masks and social distancing.
It's hard to believe it has been one year since my first COVID-19 report. We are closer to the end than the beginning. Hang in there. This summer is looking good to get back to a somewhat normal schedule. We are hopeful for summer camp and Pompton Day.
Mayor Michael Serra