Executive Order 96-11
September 6, 1996
DECLARATION OF HEALTH EMERGENCY TO WESTERLY
WHEREAS, on September 5, 1996 the Department of Environmental Management received laboratory test results showing that six different species of mosquitoes collected in Westerly manifest evidence of Eastern Encephalitis Virus, with a positive rate of 1 in 100 mosquitoes; and
WHEREAS, this level of virus in mosquitoes is significantly above background levels and demonstrates widespread circulation of the virus; and
WHEREAS, the Rhode Island Departments of Health and Environmental Management, as well as the United States Center for Disease Control, conclude from the test results that the risk of transmission of the virus is heightened to an extent that requires emergency action to protect the public health; and
WHEREAS, the Town of Westerly has declared a local state of emergency within that community and has requested the assistance of the State in responding to this emergency;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, LINCOLN ALMOND, by virtue of the authority vested in me under the Constitution of the State of Rhode Island and R.I. Gen. Laws § 30-15-9, do hereby proclaim the following nunc pro tunc:
1. A health emergency is declared for the community of Westerly.
Connecticut will be advised of developments to effect coordination of abatement efforts.
This Executive Order shall be deemed effective retroactively to 6:00 p.m., September 5, 1996 and shall remain in effect until a subsequent Executive Order declares an end to this health emergency.