October 21, 2020

City of EP has Silent Motorcade Tribute for Nursing Home Staff & Patients

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The City of East Providence led by Mayor Bob DaSilva, held a silent motorcade on Saturday, April 19th to show moral support for nursing home residents and staff in the City. As of this writing there have been some 32 residents at Orchard View Manor who have died related to the pandemic. “These Orchard View Manor residents that have lost their lives as a result of this COVID-19 virus and residents of other facilities, is truly heartbreaking,” said Mayor DaSilva. “It is hard to believe but even harder to imagine what that really means. These people lost were someone’s grandmother, grandfather, mother, father, sister, brother, cousins, or beloved friend.

Our administration together with our police rescue and fire departments will have a solemn procession and will drive by each of our 9 nursing home facilities beginning with Orchard View Manor to show our respect for those who have passed from this horrible disease and their families and to show support for our nursing home residents and our healthcare workers who continue to sacrifice on the front line each day,” said DaSilva in planning for last Saturday’s event.

The entire community was welcomed to join in the procession but were asked to refrain from using horns and sirens, etc., out of respect for those who are resting in the healthcare facilities. A large procession with police escort took place as dozens of health care workers came outside of their facilities to acknowledge the passing motorcade. Some patients could be seen peering from room windows.

“Decorate your cars with posters of support and love for Hattie Ide Chaffee Home, Waterview Villa Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Linn Health & Rehabilitation, Tockwotton on the Waterfront, Eastgate Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Evergreen Health Care Center, Harris Health Center Llc, Elderwood at Riverside, residents, families and healthcare workers,” encouraged the Mayor. “God bless all of those who have died and those fighting this illness,” said DaSilva.

(Photo gallery by City of East Providence)

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