Governor Gina Raimondo and the Department of Health Director Nicole Alexander-Scott are scheduled to provide updates to reporters about Rhode Island’s coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response today at 1 pm.

The latest data;

Updates as they happen;

Gov: Announces state is opening first drive up and walk up site in parling lot of Bailey Elementary School in Providence.

Gov: Reminds Rhode Islanders that social gathering are limited to 5 people, that includes funerals.

Gov: State is trying to understand why the Latino community is getting hist so hard. Consulting with leaders and stakeholders in the community.

Gov: On masks – reminder that masks should cover your nose and mouth.

Gov: Says state inspectors went to 200 retail locations yesterday and found both employees and customers wearing coth face coverings, says compliance with her order has been “terrific”.

Gov: Reminds those using drive-thrus to wear cloth face mask coverings.

Dr. McDonald on new fatalities – 2 in 60’s, 4 in 70’s, 4 in 80’s, 3 in 90’s. 11 of 13 nursing homes were associated with nursing homes.

Governor: Now says every Rhode Islander should wear a cloth face mask every time you’re in any retail operation, or at work, or anywhere.

I asked Governor Raimondo – “Every day we’re still hearing concerns from readers about cars arriving from out of state. As Stay at Home Orders get lifted, people are likely going to head to RI for their summer vacation/day trips, what steps will be taken this spring/summer to keep Rhode Islanders safe when domestic travel resumes?”

Her response is at 30:27 in video below;

I asked Governor Raimondo on follow up press call today if she’d make this type of data available for Rhode Island. She said she would, but needs a couple of days.

Press Release from Governor’s Office

COVID-19 Data Update

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) posted updated coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) data online today. Rhode Island has 230 new cases of COVID-19. This brings Rhode Island’s count to 4,706. RIDOH also announced 13 additional COVID-19 associated fatalities. Of these 13 people, two people were in their 60s, four people were in their 70s, four people were in their 80s, and three people were in their 90s. Of these 13 people, 11 people lived in congregate living settings. Rhode Island’s number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is now 150. A full data summary for Rhode Island is posted online.

Key messages for the public

  • Anyone who is sick should stay home and self-isolate (unless going out for testing or healthcare).
  • The people who live with that person and who have been in direct close contact with that person should self-quarantine for 14 days after the last day that that person was in isolation. Direct close contact means being within approximately 6 feet of a person for a prolonged period.
  • Help is available for people living in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19. Visit for connections to groceries, home supplies, restaurants, and mutual aid groups. People can also call 2-1-1. 
  • When people are in public, they should wear a cloth face covering. A cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth. It could be sewn by hand or improvised from household items such as scarves, T-shirts, or bandanas.
  • Groups of more than five people should not be gathering. Always avoid close personal contact with other people in public.
  • Healthcare workers should not be going to work if they are sick (even with mild symptoms).
  • People who think they have COVID-19 should call their healthcare provider. Do not go directly to a healthcare facility without first calling a healthcare provider (unless you are experiencing a medical emergency).
  • People with general, non-medical questions about COVID-19 can visit, write to, or call 401-222-8022. This is the COVID-19 Hotline that RIDOH has available to the public.
  • Everyone can help stop the spread of viruses in Rhode Island.
  • Get your flu shot, and make sure the people around you do the same.
  • Wash your hands often throughout the day. Use warm water and soap. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Stay home and do not leave your house if you are sick, unless it is for emergency medical care.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.