Statement from Council President Sabina Matos

Like so many others in Rhode Island and around the world COVID-19 has touched my family.
I have learned that a relative has tested positive for the virus and is being treated in a local hospital; and following the direction of our family physician, my family is self-isolating for the next 14 days. We have no symptoms, and are healthy. We are doing this for the safety of our friends, family, and the community – and because it can help stop the spread of the virus.
I will continue to work and conduct the City’s business remotely like so many others in our state and around the country.
I remind people to follow Governor Gina Raimondo and Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott’s, MD, MPH suggestions to stay home, to practice social distancing – even with loved ones, wash your hands often, and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and if you are ill do not leave your home and call your doctor.
The reason why I am sharing my family’s story is so that others will begin to take this more seriously, and practice all the guidelines that have been shared by our leaders.
I urge you to stay home and help us stop the spread of this virus. You can follow the link below to read the City Council’s most up to date information on COVID-19 or to reach our office with questions and concerns:
COVID-19 Information Resource Page, call our office at 401-521-7477, or email us at