Dear Constituents of District 71,
I wanted to write to you today to update you on our current situation regarding the COVID-19 virus and the effects it is having on our state.
Although these are tough, uncertain, and extremely stressful times, I am confident we will get through this and Rhode Island will be proven to be resilient once again. I’d like to thank all of those who are still working, keeping our residents safe, secure, and supplied with the necessities of daily life. Our first responders, medical professionals, truckers, warehouse workers, delivery people, grocery store employees, and so many others deserve our gratitude and thanks for their selfless actions to help the rest of us get through these difficult days.
I would also like to thank everyone who is doing their part to help contain this virus. Those of you social distancing, sanitizing, and doing everything in your power to stop the spread of COVID-19, thank you for being responsible citizens and your actions demonstrate how much you care for our community and its residents.
As we navigate these unchartered waters, I can assure you that the General Assembly and state leaders are working around the clock to ensure that Rhode Island comes out of this period stable and operational. There will be some tough decisions that must be made due to this unprecedented crisis, but our first and only goal is to protect the quality of life that every Rhode Islander enjoys on a daily basis.
I also believe this time will help us better prepare for future possible disturbances in our normal routines. Areas such as remote-voting and remote-viewing for General Assembly business must be established, as well as, the ability for the public to weigh-in on legislative business if they are unable to come to the State House physically, need to be enacted to ensure the continuity of government during times of distress. Remote public input has already been established through email and we will continue to update our procedures to make sure that as little disruption as possible occurs in the day-to-day business at the State House.
Although we are a small state, Rhode Island is uniquely suited to meet these problems head-on. In fact, WalletHub ranked us as the most aggressive state in the country regarding our handling of the COVID-19 outbreak. I hope this fact, as it does for me, provides a small sense of relief to our citizens that our leaders are doing everything that they can to keep all our residents safe and healthy. We have a wealth of public and private partners working collaboratively to ensure that this crisis does not cripple our state or its citizens.
As always, I am available to answer any question you have, whether it is regarding the state’s responses to the pandemic, or special programs available to those affected by business closings or those in need of treatment or help. Please send me a message, and I will do everything I can to help you.
There is no doubt that we are facing a serious crisis, but I am confident that all of us will come together and get through this period of health and economic uncertainty. We are a proud state, a resilient state, and most importantly, a state that cares for one another. We will persevere through this and we will be okay.
Dennis M. Canario
RI Representative – District 71
Portsmouth, Little Compton, Tiverton