Governor Raimondo and Director of Health Dr. Alexander-Scott will host their daily COVID-19 press briefing today(March 28th) at 1 pm.

Updates From Press Conference (as they happen, refresh for the latest).

  • Two persons with underlying medical conditions are the first Rhode Islanders to die from COVID-related illness, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) confirmed today. One individual in their 80s died Friday, March 27, at night and the other individual in their 70s died today. RIDOH will not be releasing any additional information about the deaths.
  • Governor says she begins daily briefing on sober note with news of state’s first two deaths. “They will certainly not be the last two,” she says.
  • Governor reports 36 new positive COVID-cases, bringing total in state to 239. 29 of those are hospitalized. As of today 2,500 people are instructed to self-quarantine, that number doesn’t include visitors from New York, other states, international who should also be quarantining.
  • Governor estimates 50% of state is in compliance of regulations. Says violations are visible everywhere – beaches, big bix stores, seawall, parks. Says “knock it off”.
  • Governor has signed an Executive Order – Stay At Home Order. In place right now until April 15th. If you’re not getting food, gas, medicine, going to work, you need to stay at home. You can go outside for a walk if needed, follow social distance guidelines
  • Gov: In addition, all gatherings of more than 5 people are banned. Effective immediately.
  • Gov: Limit interactions with people, if you have to be with people, be with the same 5 people everyday, not 5 new people everyday.
  • Starting immediately, anyone traveling to Rhode Island from anywhere else in anyway (car, plane, boat, etc) directed to self-quarantine for 14 days. Does not apply to public health, public safety, or healthcare workers. Realtors and hotel operators must require out of state visitors to quarantine 14 days.
  • Gov: If you’re able to work from home, you must work from home.
  • Gov: If you live in Rhode Island but HAVE to go to work out of state, when you get home you must quarantine.
  • Starting Monday, all non-essential retail businesses must close in Rhode Island until April 13th (complete list of what is “non-essential” coming later today). Independent contractors, small business owners eligible for unemployment. This does not pertain to restaurants restaurants, bars, coffee-shops, grocery stores. Non-essential retail businesses order closed March 30 – April 13
  • Gov: Not closing RI parks and beaches, yet. She wants people to be able to go out for the exercise and sunshine. “It’s good for your mental health.” Gov. says there will be enforcement of social distance.
  • Gov: Not closing RI parks and beaches, yet. She wants people to be able to go out for the exercise and sunshine. “It’s good for your mental health.” Gov. says there will be enforcement of social distance.

This story is developing and will be updated as more information is received.

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