Izzo declares state of emergency in Rome

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The city of Rome is in a state of emergency after a declaration late Monday by Mayor Jacqueline M. lzzo.

"Our office has been diligently reviewing directives issued by federal, state and county governments," Izzo said in making the declaration.

"Our mission is to protect the public health and safety, so therefore I have declared a state of emergency...In addition to the orders already written last week with the closure of several city facilities, including John F. Kennedy Arena, Indoor Park at Pinti Field and the Dog Park, the following restrictions are thus ordered," Izzo said. Among the actions outlined in the state of emergency include:

City Hall is closed to the public until further notice. For those doing business with the city which requires a permit, all forms have been uploaded to the appropriate department's page on the city website. These forms can be downloaded and returned to the city via email, by mail or placed in the city's 24-hour dropbox outside City Hall. "We encourage residents with questions or concerns to email appropriate city departments and/or contact employees by telephone. Department listings are available on the city website — www.romenewyork.com.

All meetings of the Common Council, Planning Board and Zoning Board will also be closed to the public, but will be live streamed on the web and audio will be made available the following day on the city's website. For those who would like to comment on a particular issue, contact the appropriate department head and/or fill out a contact form on the city's website. These comments will be due 24 hours before the scheduled meeting. "We will give further specifics on these changes prior to the next scheduled round of meetings," the announcement added.

The Codes Department will only perform interior property inspections if a public danger is posed. Exterior inspections and building jobsite construction inspections will continue. Permits and permit applications pertaining to the Codes office should be mailed, emailed or placed in the city's dropbox outside City Hall.

The City has suspended issuing permits for recreation facilities until further notice.

The Rome Police Department will follow these procedures: For non-emergency calls, a police officer will contact the caller by telephone to record the complaint. The officer will then complete an investigation and direct followup through resolution of the complaint; road patrol of city streets — response to emergency calls and crimes in-progress will continue as usual; in the event police responds to a potential incident, residents will be asked to meet officers outside their homes or place of business to ensure officers' safety as well as the resident during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Visitors to Rome Police Department are to enter the station through the North James Street entrance into the vestibule area. Access from this point will be determined on a case-by-case basis to the rest of the facility.

For all emergencies, call 9-1-1.

Rome Fire Department will be suspending all business inspections until May 1. All visits to the firehouse by vendors and visitors are also suspended. Those requiring access must call first and make an appointment. Only those visitors necessary to conduct business will be allowed further access into the Rome Fire Department facilities.

Rome Fire EMS will be responding to medical calls as usual. However, for those reporting flu-like symptoms firefighters will meet individuals whenever possible outside of their home or business.

"These actions are being taken to ensure the safety and well-being of our city employees and fellow citizens," Izzo said. "We will continue to monitor directives as stipulated by federal, state and county governments and adjust our plans accordingly as this situation remains fluid."

Rome Memorial Hospital suspends routine visitation
Out of an abundance of caution, Rome Memorial Hospital is suspending all routine visitation, 7 a.m. Wednesday, Mar. 18, to ensure the safety of patients, residents and staff.In addition, the hospital will reduce the number of entry points on its campus.
 
“We’re asking for everyone’s cooperation and understanding of the need to limit the number of people who come into contact with our patients and nursing home residents to protect those who are most vulnerable,” said Director of Infection Prevention Emma Ingalls.
 
One medically-necessary support individual will be allowed to accompany a patient to a clinical area, upon passing a health screening. 
 
These include any patient with confusion, altered mental status, developmental delays or agitation or mobility issues, and children under the age of 18. In addition, one support person is permitted to accompany surgical, emergency and maternity patients.  
 
Exceptions to the visitor policy will be made for family to visit critically-ill patients upon completing the health screening.
The following entrances will be open for patients to access the hospital. 
 
• Emergency Department – 24 hours a day.
• Main Lobby, James Street – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
• Bartlett Entrance, Oak Street – 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• All other entry points will be closed.
“Protecting the health and well-being of our patients and caregivers is our top priority as our community works together to slow the spread of the virus,” Ingalls said.

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