P is for Pandemic
Given the current rates of community transmission of COVID-19 here in RI, it is expected that over the next 6 weeks (’til the end of Dec.) case numbers and hospitalizations will continue to rise.
Our hospitals and health-care workers are on course to be completely overwhelmed, and unlike the Spring where more isolated surges allowed for healthcare workers to travel from less affected to more affected areas, right now most states are experiencing rapid rise in case numbers. Healthcare professionals are leaving their jobs because they are so overwhelmed.
This is why we are asking everyone to take care to minimize all contact with people from outside their immediate households, and to stay vigilant with the easy and effective measure of wearing masks when around others who are from outside their household, both indoors and out.