Central Falls reports a sudden spike in coronavirus cases

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (WLNE) – The City of Central Falls has noted a gradual increase of COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks at its testing site at 934 Dexter Street, however, in the past two days there has been a sudden spike of cases in the City.

The increase in COVID-19 positive cases at the Dexter Street site, though not all from Central Falls, is believed to be related to 4th of July weekend activities, according to the Mayor’s Office. The City’s testing site noted 130 to 140 people a day at the site which is ten times what the rate of testing was about a month ago at the same site.

The City is responding to this increase in positive cases with the continuance of its initiative with police cruisers playing COVID-19 notice messages in English and Spanish throughout the Central Falls. The message will include reminding residents that COVID-19 is still present and prevalent in the City, to wear masks, wash hands frequently, and to call your primary care clinician or the BEAT COVI-19 hotline at 855-843-7620 as soon as you are feeling ill. City personnel and Central Falls Police will be enforcing the masking requirement in the City by reminding people of the Executive Order still in place, along with passing out masks to those in need.

On Monday, July 20th, the City of Central Falls will recognize Colombian Independence Day with a flag raising ceremony at City Hall and, as part of that ceremony, will be reminding those in attendance of the importance of continuing COVID-19 precautions. The City of Central Falls is in close contact with the Rhode Island Department of Health about this outbreak and will continue to monitor the situation.

“The City of Central Falls is deeply committed to the health and safety of all its residents,” said Mayor James A. Diossa. “We ask everyone to join with us to protect each person and the community as a whole during this difficult time.”

“We have known all along that COVID-19 wasn’t gone,” said Chief Health Strategist for the City of Central Falls, Dr. Michael Fine. “This outbreak reminds us all of the need to be vigilant, wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands, and to call your primary care clinician or 855-843-7620 at the first sign of symptoms.”

For those who do not have a primary care clinician and are looking for a test at the Dexter Street site, they are encouraged to call 855-843-7620.

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