Joint Statement from Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and Majority Leader Jo-Ann Ryan

Sep 19, 2020 | 0 comments

We want to thank the Providence College administration for their swift action in the wake of the 120+ positive cases of COVID-19 amongst their student body.

As a community, we must remain vigilant in our fight against the virus. We know that by wearing face coverings, hand washing, staying home when we feel sick, limiting the number of interactions we have with others, and using hand sanitizer we can do our part to protect ourselves and others. The world’s leading epidemiologists have all shared concerns that as the fall approaches that we would see a resurgence of the virus, and that remains true.

We all have a role to play in keeping our community safe, including the student population that live in close quarters. That’s why it is so important for our student population to adhere to social distancing mandates and the number of people that can gather at any one time. To not only keep themselves safe, but the residents that live around and work on the campus.

Providence College has been in constant contact with the Rhode Island Department of Health and the City of Providence from the beginning of this current incident. In addition, to implement and enforce the stay-at-home order, the college has contracted with the Providence Police Department at their expense and are deploying their own security team.

As elected officials, we are concerned for the safety of our community. We ask that you please wear a mask, practice social distancing, limit your interactions with as few people as possible, get your flu shot, and remember that the State is offering free asymptomatic testing.

Please visit for the latest City information and call your physician or visit if you feel like you need to be tested.

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