Block Island Times

Town Council, working with Medical Center, seeks to have workers tested

UPDATE: The Town Council meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. on Monday, May 18 has been postponed because of a posting error. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 20.
As businesses begin to bring over seasonal workers, and as restaurants and hotels prepare for a soft opening sometime in mid-June, the members the Town Council continued their discussions on how to best keep an outbreak of COVID-19 from occurring on the island. Attending the virtual meeting on Wednesday, May 13, were the five members of the Council, Police Chief Vin Carlone, town attorney Kathy Merolla, Town Clerk Molly Fitzpatrick, Medical Director Dr. Tom Warcup, and the town’s Emergency Co-Director Bill McCombe.
As it had during its last meeting, the council continued its discussion on the feasibility of testing incoming workers and the issue of quarantining workers for 14 days if they arrive from out of state. Seasonal workers on Block Island come from many different countries all over the world.
Councilor Chris Willi asked Dr. Warcup about his testing plan.
“We drew up a COVID testing algorithm that is a phased approach… We have a COVID positive response plan and an ability on how to manage the

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