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The North Providence Breeze 03-25-2020

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MARCH 25-31, 2020 5 NORTH PROVIDENCE RESIDENTS - COVID-19 UPDATE Declaration of State of Emergency On March 16, 2020 Mayor Charles Lom- bardi declares a state of municipal emergency for the Town of North Provi- dence due to the dangers to health and life posed by COVID-19. Mayor's Office In an effort to control the community spread of COVID-19, Mayor Lombardi issued an executive order, which suspends municipal and pro- bate courts, suspends entertainment licenses and other special event permit's within the Town, as well as postpones public events during the municipal emergency, among other directives. Officials are also strongly encouraging the community to practice social distancing by avoiding gather- ings of more than 10 people including places of worship, funerals and wakes and other events and social gatherings. e Mayor's office has been in constant contact with the Governor's office, statewide EMA departments regarding the ongoing efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Town Hall Departments effective March 19, 2020 Town Hall remains open to serve the public, but with restricted access. Town Hall employees will continue to report to work to serve the needs of the pub - lic, and department heads will determine the need for any in-person interaction on a case-by-case basis. is change will help to ensure the health and safety of our taxpayers and employees. North Providence Mancini Center has halted all programs until further notice. Seniors seeking food or other senior services are encouraged to call Senior Center staff at 401-231-0742. North Providence Library is closed until further notice. e community still has online access to the library and the following services through the website, North Providence Pool & Fitness Center will be closed until further notice. North Providence Youth Center will be closed until further notice. . Department of Public Works is unchanged and is continuing to operate under a normal schedule. Police Department is allowing reports to be taken over the phone for minor matters. Visitation to head- quarters should be avoided except for emergencies. An emphasis is being placed on using our online reporting system more frequently. We are temporarily suspending employment background fingerprint checks and temporarily suspending VIN checks. Assessing callers to determine if they have any related symptoms to limit exposure prior to police/fire department response. Practicing proper hygiene to pro- tect themselves and others. We will continue to respond to emergencies and support other first respond- ers. Link to CDC website on Facebook page concerning precautions the public can take to protect them- selves. Providing advice from fact based sources such as the CDC or RI Dept of Health. Officers have personal protective equipment in the event they need to assist a person suffering from symptoms. e protection of the community remains our highest priority; our mission has not been altered. Fire Department is checking members for symptoms during work hours to eliminate spreading of COVID-19. Routine decontamination of equipment to control spread of virus. Monitoring calls with questions from dispatch to control virus and provide proper information. We are taking part in daily meetings with Rhode Island Department of Health and Rhode Island Emergency Management for up- dates to follow best practices. Following infectious control standards and procedures to treat and trans- port patients. Working with Fatima Hospital in preparation for testing when available. Reviewing our Point of Dispensing Plan for North Providence residents to prepare for any mass inoculations that may be presented in the future. Emergency Medical procedures have not been reduced or limited; we are still operating at full service without interruption. Everyone's cooperation is essential in combating the COVID-19 outbreak

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