coronavirus in Rhode Island

Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), will provide updates to reporters about Rhode Island’s coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response today at 2:30 pm.

Press Briefing

Updates From The Press Briefing

Gov: In regards to data, at the moment, we’re “hovering at a plateau”.

Gov: “We’re in a decent place…” relative to where we could have been / compared to other states.

Gov: Message for those over 60, “you’re re-entry is going to be a bit different, a bit slower, and you will continue to have a different set of regulations designed to keep you safe, healthy, and alive.”

Gov: On testing, state won’t stop until they have testing available throughout the state. Working on mobile and walk-thru testing.

Gov: Walk up testing site opening up at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket.

Gov: On Earth Day, she announces an effort to reopen state parks and beaches. Has spoken with DEM about having them be a part of first phase to open up. Hopes to be able to announce that plan mid-to-late next week. Opening will be in stages and with restrictions. They are not open now and won’t be until further notice.

Gov: Rhode Island is rolling out new symptom tracker – – a guide to help people know when to contact a doctor. Not a substitute for calling or visiting your doctor.

Director of Health: On the ten new COVID-19 associated deaths, ages – 2 in 60’s, 1 in 70’s, 4 in 80’s, 2 in 90’s, 1 over 100 years old. Six females, 4 males. Eight of the ten were nursing home residents.

The Latest Data

April 22: 5,841 positive COVID-19 cases, 270 currently hospitalized (71 in ICU, 44 on ventilator), 181 COVID-19 associated fatalities.

Press Release

Governor Announces Self-Checker Tool, New Walk-Up Testing Site

Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) provided updates on Rhode Island’s response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) today. 

  • Self-checker tool: Today, the state launched the Rhode Island COVID-19 Self-Checker: a web-based, mobile friendly tool that will help Rhode Islanders make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care and testing. Rhode Island is the first state in the nation to partner with Diagnostic Robotics to adopt this proven system for the coronavirus crisis. The Rhode Island COVID-19 Self-Checker is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. The tool asks a series of questions related to symptoms, potential exposures, and other risk factors and will help users make decisions about when to seek care and testing. It also offers tips related to prevention, testing, quarantine, and isolation. The guidance offered through the Self-Checker is based on CDC guidelines and has been customized to connect Rhode Islanders with local information and resources.
  • Memorial Hospital testing site: The state is opening a new walk-up site at the location of the former Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket. This site will serve in conjunction with the drive-up respiratory clinic that’s already operational at the former Memorial site. Appointments for testing are required. Anyone in Pawtucket experiencing COVID symptoms – fever, cough, shortness of breath – who is looking to be tested at this walk-up site should call 401-CARE-NOW. 

COVID-19 Data Update 

Rhode Island has 365 new cases of COVID-19. This brings Rhode Island’s count to 5,841. RIDOH also announced 10 additional COVID-19 associated fatalities. Of these 10 people, eight were nursing home residents. Rhode Island’s number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is now 181. 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.

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