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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-23-2020

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12 THE VALLEY JULY 23-29, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY WATER GUSHES from the main on the underside of the overpass taking Diamond Hill Road over Route 295 last Saturday night. The water main burst shortly before 8:30 p.m., leading to hours of rushing water and an eventual main shut-off for the area. Public Works Director Bob Anderson said no one was without water during the shutdown. Anderson said there was no way to estimate how much water flowed into the surrounding neighborhood, but streams in the area were filled to overflowing. By 5:45 a.m. Monday, a temporary fix of 10-foot pressure-rated PVC was in place, and officials will now determine whether a more permanent fix is needed. The break happened in the old town main directly under the bridge. The mains on either side were replaced as part of the state's double roundabout project, but The Breeze previously reported that the bridge itself won't be replaced for another year or so. The cost of last Saturday's fix will be borne by the town, but Anderson said he doesn't know the total. Police were posted for much of the night as water gushed onto the highway, but traffic was still able to get through. PROVIDENCE – Generally speaking, men tend to be more passive seekers of information as an alternative to going to see a doctor, says Dr. Mark Paulos, co-director of Lifespan's Men's Health Center. After men and women are in their late teens, they divert dra- matically on rou- tine health check- ups, with women seeing gynecolo- gists and check- ing in regularly on reproductive issues while men generally leave the health system and don't return for decades, said Paulos. Lifespan's newest medical facili- ty, the Lifespan Ambulatory Care Clinic at 180 Corliss St., is open to the public for services includ- ing The Men's Health Center and a Lifespan Pharmacy. The Men's Health Center is a first-of-its-kind specialty center dedicated to men's sexual, repro- ductive and urologic health, with experts in internal medicine, urology, psychology and physical therapy. Paulos said men are facing an overwhelming burden of chronic disease brought on largely by their lack of visits to doctors combined with poor habits, with growing obesity leading to high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and cancer, among other problems. Many men are work- ing long hours with no time for exercise, then add in stress at work and home and lack of sleep and it can become a dangerous situation, said Paulos. Many are simply getting too carried away with life to be concerned with seemingly small matters such as personal health. An unhealthy lifestyle, said Paulos, leads to increased risk for sexual dysfunction and a decrease in testosterone levels. Most are not aware that their overall unhealthy lifestyle, includ- ing too much drinking and lack of exercise, leads to infertility and affects the health of partners dur- ing and after pregnancy, he said. By extension, impacts such as a slowed metabolism can be passed on to children and grandchildren. Minority men in particular are experiencing extensive mental health problems due to every- Center dedicated to helping men address their health By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com PAULOS See MEN'S HEALTH, Page 15 Updates to long-term care and assisted living facility visitation policy PROVIDENCE – Long-term care and assisted living facilities were allowed to welcome visi- tors again beginning Wednesday, July 8, provided that they abide by strict infection control mea- sures to keep residents, staff, and family members safe, the Rhode Island Department of Health has announced. The Standard Visitation Plan for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Residences developed by RIDOH states that: • Visits will be limited to only those essential to the resident's physical and emotional well being and care. • All visits must be scheduled in advance. Visits will be allowed for 30-minute increments. • Facilities must actively screen everyone for fever and symptoms of COVID-19 before they enter. • Facilities must keep a daily log with names and contact informa- tion for all visitors. • Outdoor visits are preferred. If a visit must occur inside the facil- ity, the visit shall be restricted to the resident's room or other area specifically designated for visits. If a resident's room is used for visita- tion, only one visitor per resident at a time is allowed in the resi- dent's room. • Regardless of the location of the visit, visitors must maintain a 6-foot distance from staff and resi- dents. • All visitors must wear a cloth face covering. • All visitors shall perform hand hygiene upon entry to the facility or to the outside visitation area or before entering the resident's room. While RIDOH has provided general guidance to facilities, and has developed a standard visitation plan for facilities without their own plans, all facilities are different. Some facilities may take different approaches, based on the unique- ness of their layout or resident community. For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/yaxqrcvm . Place your classified ad online at classifieds.valleybreeze.com Consumers Propane 762-5461 BOUSQUET OIL 769-0146 139 HAMLET AVE. 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