Coronavirus

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.

Mayor Diossa has issued Executive Orders regarding Coronavirus for Central Falls:

Executive Order 2020-0001(English)

Executive Order 2020-0001(Español)

Executive Order 2020-0003 

RI Governor Gina M. Raimondo has issued multiple Executive Orders regarding Coronavirus for Rhode Island:

Executive Order 20-02 Declaration of Disaster Emergency

Executive Order 20-03 Supplemental Emergency Declaration 

Executive Order 20-04 Second Supplemental Emergency Declaration RESTAURANTS, BARS, ENTERTAINMENT VENUES, AND PUBLIC GATHERINGS

Executive Order 20-05 Third Supplemental Emergency Declaration PUBLIC MEETINGS AND PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS

Executive Order 20-06 Fourth Supplemental Emergency Declaration EXPANDING ACCESS TO TELEMEDICINE SERVICES 

CDC Guidelines:

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

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:

Food Availability:

Please see the following information about food availability for students, the elderly, and those in need:

 

School Lunch Information:

Central Falls School Department

Segue Institute for Learning:

Starting 3/17/2020, we will be providing meals for you all to pick up and bring home. Please use Hedley Ave. entrance when you arrive.
Breakfast Grab N' Go 8am -9:30 am
Lunch Grab N' Go 11am-1130am
Our food pantry will also be open from 8am to 11:30am. for all our Segue families
Please contact Monica or Mrs Sanchez

Empezando mañana 3/17, proveeremos comida para recojer y llevar a casa. Por favor use la entrada de la Hedley Ave cuando lleguen
Desayuno sera de 8am hasta las 9:30am
Lunch 11am hasta 11:30am
La despensa de comida tambien estara abierta de 8am hasta las 11:30am para todas las familias de Segue.
por favor cominiquese con Monica o Mrs Sanchez.

The Learning Community:

DRIVE-THRU pick up of Chromebooks and MEALS will be 9am-1pm and 5-7pm TOMORROW. Hours for pick-up have been extended for this Wednesday only. Please follow the map and pop your trunk when you arrive (do not get out of your cars).

Chromebooks are available to grades K-8.

La RECOGIDA EN EL CARRO de Chromebooks y COMIDAS será de 9am-1pm y 5-7 pm MAÑANA. Las horas para la recogida han sido extendidas por este miércoles solamente. Por favor sigan el mapa y abra su maletero cuando llegue (no se baje del carro).

Se proporcionarán Chromebooks para grados k-8.

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:

Business Resources:

United Way:

The United Way of Rhode Island will continue to provide their 211 service to those in need and will be opening their COVID-19 Response Fund for non-profits looking to help the community during the COVID-19 epidemic. Please click here for more information and to be linked to the United Way website.

DoorDash:

DoorDash CEO has announced that they will be offering restaurants to sign up for free and pay zero commissions for the next 30 days. Central Falls restaurants, please use this free resource to remain open through delivery and pick-up orders while there is no on-premise dining in order to comply with Governor Raimondo's Executive Order.  Residents, please continue to help support our local restaurants during this COVID-epidemic. 
See the full message from CEO Tony Xu here.

UberEats:

The food delivery app Uber Eats wants to deliver meals in Central Falls in a safe and affordable way. They are waiving the Delivery Fee for the more than 100,000 independent restaurants in the USA. In the App, you can also request hands-free delivery to promote your safety. Learn more here.

CDC Resources for Businesses:

The CDC offers some resources for businesses on how to disinfect their buildings and areas as well as other business guidance here.

Commerce RI:

Commerce RI provides resources for Rhode Island Businesses here.

Small Business Association:

The US Small Business Association has resources here including loans and guidance.

Other Resources & Information:

Blackstone Valley Community Healthcare Center:

EFFECTIVE MARCH 18th, APPOINTMENTS ONLY. No appointment, no entry. All services by appointment only. This includes Express Health Services in Central Falls and Pawtucket. For more information, click here or call  401-722-0081.

National Grid:

National Grid is temporarily suspending collections-related activities, including service disconnections, to alleviate financial hardships the COVID-19 pandemic has caused. Please click here for more information.

Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission:

The Public Utilities Commission has directed all electric, gas, water, and wastewater utilities regulated by the Public Utilities Commission to cease collection of bills due to the Coronavirus. See here for more details.

For Internet Access:

Cox reducing cost of internet and will offer 30 days free to families

Verizon waives late fees for those impacted by COVID-19.

AT&T also pledged not to terminate the service of any customer who can’t pay their bill, and will waive the fees associated with late payments.

Comcast customers are allowed unlimited data for the next 60 days.

Sprint customers will be able to place free international calls to CDC-designated Level 3 countries. 

All current T-Mobile plans with data will be granted free unlimited data for the next 60 days, excluding roaming.

Microsoft offers on Office 365.

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.


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