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City Mayor issues virus proclamation

Mayor Maurice Cashman has issued a proclamation asking City of Warren residents to comply with COVID-19 mitigation efforts, including social distancing and wearing a mask.

The proclamation states that over 7,000 people in Pennsylvania have died as a result of the pandemic, detailed CDC guidance and also explains that Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine has “issued multiple orders in an effort to stem the spread of the virus” including stay-at-home provisions and a “requirement pertaining to the wearing of a face covering by those in public spaces and unable to maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet from other persons.”

A request for a “visible show of support” in this area came before council in the form of a letter from resident Jane Dunshie, who encouraged council to lead on the response to the virus — masks, social distancing and hand-washing.

She wrote that she has seen a need to increase the number of people in Warren taking those steps and asked council to consider a proclamation encouraging those measures.

“I do hereby call upon all residents to be mindful of the recommended mitigation measures that have been taken and to practice such measures for the protection of our fellow residents, visitors and workers who may be coming in from out of town for the benefit of all,” Cashman’s proclamation concludes.

City Manager Nancy Freenock said that Cashman has the “authority to issue proclamations without Council action.”

While a special meeting had been discussed, none will be held in light of Cashman’s proclamation.

At the July council meeting, Councilman Gregory Fraser said he would like council to consider a proclamation that calls on residents to wear masks when unable to social distance, especially in enclosed places.”

“(I) do think it’s an important issue,” he said. “Waiting a month may seem a bit derelict on our part.”

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