R 096
2021 -- H 5946
Enacted 02/25/2021

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Cardillo, Corvese, Noret, Tanzi, Perez, McEntee, Caldwell, Williams, Kazarian, and Morales

Date Introduced: February 25, 2021

     WHEREAS, On March 1, 2020, the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in
Rhode Island was confirmed after a February 26 test had been done on a person returning from a
school trip abroad; and
     WHEREAS, Since that day, managing the public health emergency that quickly became a
worldwide pandemic has largely fallen into the very dedicated and capable hands of our State's
health care heroes; and
     WHEREAS, Demonstrating remarkable resilience and professional dedication, and
despite the very real potential of becoming infected, or infecting others, Rhode Island's health
care personnel have and continue to be on the front lines of our State's fight against the deadly
COVID-19 pandemic, which to date has affected more than 123,000 Rhode Islanders and caused
more than 2,375 fatalities in our state; and
     WHEREAS, For months over the course of 2020 and early in 2021, overstretched health
care systems left health workers struggling with long hours, fatigue, and extreme psychological
stress; and
     WHEREAS, Pushing through their exhaustion and fear, our health care workers have
radiated continuous compassion in treating COVID patients with dignity and kindness when
family and loved ones could not be there; and
     WHEREAS, For all they have done and all they continue to do, Rhode Island's health
care heroes are eminently worthy of our gratitude and recognition; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island hereby
commemorates "Health Care Workers Appreciation Day" on March 1, 2021. We moreover
sincerely thank all our health care heroes for their dedication and compassion and join them in
looking forward to brighter days ahead; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to Scott Fraser, President/CEO of the Rhode
Island Health Care Association, Newell E. Warde, PhD, Executive Director of the Rhode Island
Medical Society, and Sarah Lawrence, Director of the Community Health Worker Association of
Rhode Island.