WARWICK, RI— The COVID-19 pandemic surge overtaxing RIDOH contact tracers has also slowed city sanitation and yard waste pick-up among other Warwick services, Mayor Joseph J. Solomon announced Tuesday.
“Unfortunately, we are seeing a spike in cases of COVID-19 statewide. The City is not exempt from this, and as a result, we’re operating with reduced staffing in some departments,” said Mayor Solomon. “We are working hard to make sure that all essential operations continue uninterrupted.”
Solomon asked residents to check city departments’ web pages for information and to check what online services are available. Department pages can be found by toggling over the “Government” tab on the menu bar at the top of the City’s home page.
Doing so provides the following links:
The Warwick Public Library has also been affected. This week, the library shut down after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The employee worked in the Library on Monday, Nov. 9, and then tested positive during a routine test, but the staff member does not have symptoms and is currently well, said Jana L. Stevenson, library director.
“I am confident in the cleaning protocols issued by the RI Department of Health. However, in an abundance of caution, the library will remain closed until further notice. The building will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Staff will need to quarantine for two weeks, or submit a negative test in order to return to work,” Stevenson said.
The library plans to provide Contactless Curbside pickup. Meanwhile, patrons can return items in the book drops.