The City of Central Falls will remain open during the COVID-19 epidemic and is practicing safe distancing measures.
COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)
COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus): a mild to severe respiratory illness that is caused by a coronavirus (Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 of the genus Betacoronavirus), is transmitted chiefly by contact with infectious material (such as respiratory droplets), and is characterized especially by fever, cough, and shortness of breath and may progress to pneumonia and respiratory failure. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) This is a disease to take seriously due to the possibility of easy-transfer to others.
Pawtucket and Central Falls Create Incident Command System to Combat Covid-19
The Cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls are partnering with local
organizations to combat the coronavirus pandemic after initiating broad based community
support. In doing so, the two Cities have created an Incident Command System. The team,
known as Beat Covid-19, is focusing on grassroots communication and assistance with the goal
reaching out to every single household in the two cities, including identifying residents who
become symptomatic as soon as they get sick and move them to effective isolation immediately.
If you are a Central Falls or Pawtucket resident and would like to request a free Coronavirus test, please call 855-843-7620
or select complete the request form in your preferred language*:
*After completing the document, you will get a call to schedule a test. You will not be asked for sensitive, personal, or financial information.
*Testing site is located at 934 Dexter Street Central Falls Rhode Island and is for Pawtucket and Central Falls residents only
*Walk up testing is also available at the 934 Dexter Street although scheduling an appointment is highly recommended.
*Testing is free and minimal questions are asked, and are only to confirm residency
Mayor Diossa has issued Executive Orders regarding Coronavirus for Central Falls:
RI Governor Gina M. Raimondo has issued multiple Executive Orders regarding Coronavirus for Rhode Island:
Please click here to see all Executive orders from Governor Raimondo.
The CDC has offered this information regarding Coronavirus and how it spreads to inform the public. Please click here for more information.
How it spreads:
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
How to protect yourself:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Information from the Rhode Island Department of Health:
The Rhode Island Department of Health will be keeping the public up to date on the COVID-19 epidemic through their website.
Information about prevention of Coronavirus from the City of Central Falls:
Please see the following information about food availability for students, the elderly, and those in need:
Summer Lunch Information:
Senior Lunch Information:
If you are, or know of, a Central Falls senior citizen in immediate need of a boxed lunch or is in critical need of groceries during this difficult time, please have them call Mayor Diossa's Office at 401-727-7400 ext. 5.
Si usted es, o sabe de, una persona de la tercera edad de Central Falls que necesita un almuerzo en caja o necesita comestibles essenciales en este momento difícil, haga que llamen a la Oficina del Alcalde Diossa al 401-727-7400 ext. 5.
Food Assistance Providers Information:
Please click here for more information about food assistance providers:
Throughout the summer of 2020 Progreso Latino will have food distrition to families in need from 9AM to 12PM on Mondays and Wednesdays at Progreso Latino, 626 Broad Street, CF, RI. The first 400 families will sometimes receive a Farm Fresh Rhode Island box. Each box contains 22 pounds of vegetables, fruit, cheese and milk. WE WILL DISTRIBUTE ONLY 1 BOX PER FAMILY. Thank you very much for your understanding. The Progreso Latino Food Pantry is for Central Falls residents and immigrant families in RI, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. NO ID Required. NO Appointment Needed. Handicap Accessible. Masks are required. Progreso Latino is a member agency of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank which provides the food for the food pantry and is funded by the Rhode Island Foundation. Please call 365-4010 for questions.
Please visit our Business page at: centralfallsri.us/businesses.
Seven Stars Bakery:
Thank you to Seven Stars Bakery and their owners Bill and Tracy Daugherty for donating hundreds of loaves of bread to Central Falls and Pawtucket’s seniors in need during this COVID-19 epidemic.
Those who rent should visit here for more information about evictions and other frequently asked questions related to COVID-19 or see below.
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