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Dr. Clark urges ‘heightened’ self-isolation for all travelers from mainland

With developments about the impact of the novel coronavirus changing daily, the Block Island Town Council asked Town Manager Jim Kern and Town Solicitor Kathy Merolla to draft an emergency declaration that was speedily approved at an emergency meeting on Tuesday, March 17. The ordinance cancels all town meetings and requires that intentional gatherings of people not be more than 10 individuals. It mandates that anyone traveling to the island who has been overseas must self-quarantine for 14 days once they arrive here.
In the meantime, Dr. Mark Clark stated at a meeting on Monday, March 16, that all travelers from the mainland, regardless of where their trip originated, practice what he called “heightened self-isolation” to minimize the possibility of the COVID-19 spreading to the island. (See related story on p. 5)
Attending that Monday meeting were all five members of the Town Council, Town Manager Jim Kern, Dr. Clark, director of the Block Island Medical Center; School Supt. Mike Convery, town Emergency Management co-directors Bill McCombe and Pete Gempp, Police Chief Vin Carlone, and case manager Tracy Fredericks. Town Solicitor Kathy Merolla attended by phone.
The Council addressed the

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