Rhode Island Department of Health and Governor Raimondo gave an update on Rhode Island’s response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency today.

Of note, the Governor reported that the number of Rhode Islanders tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) remains at twenty. The number did not increase overnight, but she does expect it to rise in the coming days.

Governor Raimondo also directed all child care centers and day care centers to shut down beginning March 16th.

The Governor is asking, encouraging, and recommending every Town Manager and Mayor in Rhode Island to declare a State of Emergency. The Governor said doing so would allow communities to gives you flexibility to deal with what may come up. “I hope and expect every other Mayor and Town Manager will follow suit (with Providence’s Mayor Elorza).

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The Governor stated that she had a call with all cities and town on Saturday and will have a call with them today, where she will continue to ask them to declare a State of Emergency.

The Governor continues to repeat that everyone should stay home. She also asks Rhode Islanders to avoid malls, restaurants, and food delivery.

This is developing. We’ll post follow up information as it is received from the Governor’s office and RIDOH.

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