Providence City Councilors send open letter to Governor regarding COVID-19 response

Providence City Council

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Providence City Councilors shared an open letter sent to Governor Dan McKee late Thursday Evening explaining their concerns over the COVID-19 response in the state.

The letter was signed by Councilwoman Nirva R. LaFortune (Ward 3), Councilor David Salvatore (Ward 14), Councilwoman Helen Anthony (Ward 2), Councilwoman Kat Kerwin (Ward 12), Councilman John Goncalves (Ward 1), Majority Whip Councilwoman Carmen Castillo (Ward 9), Deputy Majority Leader Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris (Ward 11), Senior Deputy Majority Leader Councilman Nicholas J. Narducci Jr. (Ward 4), Majority Leader Councilman James Taylor (Ward 8), Council President Pro Tempore Councilman Pedro Espinal (Ward 10).

The concern begins with COVID affecting the youth in Rhode Island, as COVID cases continue to surge in younger demographics. The Councils urge the need for “Test and Stay” programming at childcare facilities like daycares and preschools, citing the success in helping students avoid absences throughout the pandemic, and help parents from taking unexpected time off from work.

They urged the Governor to work with colleges and universities across the state to utilize their COVID-19 testing resources before students return from winter break, citing the relief this will bring to the community testing sites overwhelmed with appointments, and expand access to tests for community members.

Finally, they ask for public school students and staff to have continued access to testing resources and PPE, explaining how this has helped mitigate the spread of COVID throughout schools, something beginning to effect schools as distanced learning and closures become a common part of 2022.

The letter ends with a reminder of the toll COVID has taken on Rhode Islanders,

“The COVID-19 virus has been with us for nearly two years, and has taken the lives of over 3,000
Rhode Islanders. As cases continue to rise, we the undersigned urge you to take all necessary
measures to protect Rhode Island families from the immediate and continued harm of the COVID19 pandemic.”

At this time the Governor has not responded to the open letter, we will provide an update if a response occurs.



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