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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-09-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Smithfield superhero One local hero dressed as SPIDERMAN spread a message of hope on the corner of Putnam Pike and Cedar Swamp Road this Monday holding a sign that read, "We'll be okay." SCITUATE – Over the past month, Scituate resident Shauni Swanson worked seven days a week at South County Hospital, preparing for a surge in COVID-19 patients expect- ed in the near future. She leads the staff of night nurses work- ing diligently on a surge plan to "have a better party to fight this war," Swanson said. So far, South County has seen a steady trickle of coro- navirus patients, and the hospital is keeping up, she said. The Wakefield hospital is a smaller hospital serving southern Rhode Island. Swanson said because of the region's less dense population, the staff has treated a handful of corona- virus patients. The anticipation is that there will be many, many more, she said. The hospital is anticipating a lack of beds, long wait times, and a lack of resources. She was asked if she and the staff are ready for the surge. "Does anybody feel ready? We don't know what to expect, but we can only be as ready as we can be. From there, we hope that we're fast Local nurse prepares for surge in patients By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See SWANSON, Page 6 SWANSON SCITUATE – Town staff mem- bers proved a little effort can go a long way when transforming the $1 they contribute each Friday to dress more casually into a sizable donation to the North Scituate and Hope Jackson Fire Departments. Town Clerk Margaret "Peggy" Long said the money Town Hall employees contribute for dress- down Fridays is used to support local charities. This year, employees decided to use the money to purchase 125 plush teddy bears for local rescue crews to give to children in emer- gencies. "Some employees had heard that many children are very scared to Dress-down Fridays help fund comfort bears for kids By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See BEARS, Page 2 SMITHFIELD – Teachers are reporting that three weeks into dis- tance learning plans that they, as well as students and parents, are getting the hang of this homeschooling thing. Smithfield teachers talk distance learning By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See TEACHERS, Page 4 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE APRIL 9-15, 2020 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Take this time to be with the ones you love. We're all in this together. Dr. Scott B. Klimaj & Family Register For Online Courses: valleybreeze.com/learning/ excel.html Improve Your EXCEL Skills! • Take courses from the comfort of your home or on-the-go using your smart phone • "Ask The Expert" feature submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying Find out more, call 401-334-9555 x134

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