In the smallest and most densely populated city in Rhode Island, the diverse community of Central Falls has been struck hard by COVID-19. While the reopening process has just begun, many students, families, and elderly people are staying at home whenever possible to combat further spread of the virus. Through this, Mayor James A. Diossa has been working tirelessly to give his city’s residents the care and treatment they deserve.
“I see health as a priority,” said the Mayor, which is why he helped create the “BEAT COVID-19" initiative.
“BEAT COVID-19” includes a health hotline, rapid testing sites, and more resources set up by Central Falls in conjunction with Pawtucket to provide secure access to health professionals while relieving community stress. The hotline (855-843-7620), accessible in four different languages, utilizes telehealth to remove the risk of physically going to a doctor’s office and provides advice and appointment booking from health professionals to anyone who may not have a primary care doctor. Dr. Michael Fine, the former health director of Rhode Island, has been on board and helping out since the beginning of the initiative. The access to necessary hygienic products as well as connections to healthcare professionals has been huge in helping those without healthcare stay safe and healthy.
Alongside “BEAT COVID-19” is Family Service of Rhode Island’s “Be Safe” campaign, which provides food, masks, cleaning supplies, and more to families across the state, including about 300 households in Central Falls alone. Mayor Diossa greatly appreciates the extra level of protection the Be Safe kits have brought to the community.
“FSRI always steps up to the plate,” he said.