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To honor the memory of Former Rhode Island Senator Lila M. Sapinsley, Governor Lincoln D. Chafee today has ordered all Rhode Island flags across the State to half-staff on Friday (December 12) from sunrise to sunset. Governor Chafee’s order applies to State flags on all public buildings and grounds in the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.
Governor Lincoln D. Chafee said: “I was very saddened to learn of the passing of a dear family friend, Lila Sapinsley. She was a courageous and intelligent public servant who cared deeply for many Rhode Island causes, particularly issues that had an effect on women. In the 1960s, she was a key early supporter of my father. Lila also became my political mentor when she chaired our committee for the 1986 Constitutional Convention. She was the epitome of grace. It was a pleasure to serve with her. Today, Rhode Island lost a woman who dedicated many decades to making our State a better place to live and work.”
At the request of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), a Rhode Islander returning from West Africa 17 days ago was evaluated at Landmark for mild symptoms. The evaluation suggested no presence of any significant disease. Yesterday, after the evaluation, the patient was sent home. The patient was part of the routine monitoring program set up by the Centers for Disease Control and administered by HEALTH.Governor Lincoln D. Chafee said, “On behalf of the State of Rhode Island, we appreciate the professionalism and service of the staff at Landmark. They were organized and effective. We are pleased that Landmark continues to actively participate in providing health care to our citizens, and that we are seeing collaboration among our hospitals, health-care professionals, first responders, and Rhode Island’s Health Department and Emergency Management Agency.”

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