YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Con Edison has set up a staging site in FDR park so its employees can continue to operate while practicing social distancing.
On Wednesday, March 18, Supervisor Matt Slater told residents it was a site for ConEd workers, quelling Facebook rumors that it was a mobile testing site for COVID-19.
“It’s [ConEd’s] way of implementing social distancing within their operations,” Slater said. “These will be used for staff to stop in, pick up their assignments and report to their assignments. The site consists of six pop-up tents, a large privacy tent, bathroom trailer, lights and a large sign identifying the ConEdison work location.”
Slater said ConEd is also setting up another operating site in Rye Playland's parking lot.
As of Thursday, March 19, Governor Andrew Cuomo has reduced the non-essential personnel workforce by 75 percent, however, ConEd workers are considered essential personnel and do not fall under that category, according to Slater, and are still reporting to work.
Slater also reassured resident that the mobile site has nothing to do with power supply concerns.
“It has nothing to do with grid reliability or plans to shut down power,” Slater said. “It has absolutely nothing to do with power concerns, the governor has prohibited by executive order for anyone’s power to be turned off for any reason.”
He also cautioned that rumors in this time can be dangerous and officials are fighting a two-front war: a war against the spread of COVID-19 and a war against misinformation.
“Misinformation causes fear, fear causes panic and we’re doing everything we can to provide verified, accurate information, quell fear and avoid panic,” Slater said. “We have to do everything we can to make sure the information we’re putting out there is verified and accurate. That’s exactly what I’ve committed to and we’re going to continue to do that.”