Governor Gina M. Raimondo will provide updates to reporters about Rhode Island’s coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 4th.
Updates as they happen;
The Governor reports another three deaths due to COVID-19. Brings total fatalaties to seventeen in Rhode Island.
The Governor has announced another 97 Rhode Islanders have tested positive for COVID-19, brings statewide total to 806. 93 people are now hospitalized due to COVID-19.
Director Of Health: Two of the fatalities were in their 80’s – one male, one female. Female was resident of Golden Crest nursing facility. Total COVID-19 fatalities at Gold Crest Nursing facility is now six. Third new fatality was a male in his 90’s, not a nursing home resident.
Gov: Starting tonight and for the next week, the State House will be lit red every night in honor of first responders and all those who are pitching in to help Rhode Islanders get thru this.
Gov: Urges everyone to keep yourself in some type of routine. She points that she is a bit more casual today to reminder herself it is Saturday.
Gov: Don’t be shy about coming forward if you feel like you need to be tested for COVID-19. More than 1,000 tests can now be done per day.
Gov: No churches should be open on Sunday, offering palms on Sunday.
Gov: Followed up on report of price gouging at hotels in Newport – says she spoke to Attorney General, there’s no price gouging.
Director of Health: Reiterates state now encouraging Rhode Islanders to wear cloth face coverings in public. Do not use N95 or surgical masks that are needed by first responders.
In response to question about whether she foresees Rhode Island having to use 2,000 field hospital beds, Governor says “I do”.Says many more people will get sick, many more will die, and hospitals will be overwhelmed.
Gov: says golf course will remain open as long as social distance rules are being followed. But, they are watching to make sure rules are being followed.
Governor: Says she, her family and staff will wear face coverings, as will Dr. Nicole Alexander Scott and her staff.
Director of Health: 47 of 180 ICU beds are currently available in the state.
What’s Up Newp question to Governor and Director of Health – Many of our readers are looking for a sign of hope. What statistics or information should Rhode Islanders be looking at for hope? To know we are all going to get thru this. Is there any “good” data (perhaps number recovered) that you and RIDOH can share daily?
Quick answer (will bring you full answer shortly) – Governor says it is very hopeful we can now test 1,000 a day. Two weeks ago it was not clear we could do that. Also hopeful that hundreds of retired doctors and nurses volunteering. And young recover.
This story is developing, we’ll continue to update this story with more updates and information throughout the day.
Rhode Island Numbers
|Last Update: 4/3/2020|
|Number of Rhode Island COVID-19 positive (including presumptive positive) cases:||711|
|Number of people who had negative test results:||4,857|
|Number of Rhode Island COVID-19 patients who are currently hospitalized||77|
|Number of Rhode Island COVID-19 patients who are currently in intensive care units||18|
|Number of Rhode Island COVID-19 associated fatalities||14|
|Date||New Positive Cases||Total Positive Cases|
|Age data last updated 4/2/2020|
|Age Group||Rhode Island COVID-19 patients by age:|
Note: Zero in an age category indicates either zero patients or less than five patients.
|Sex data last updated 4/2/2020|
|Sex||Rhode Island COVID-19 patients by sex|
|City/Town data last updated 4/2/2020|
|City/Town||Rhode Island COVID-19 patients by city/town of residence|
Note: There may be slight discrepancies between the statewide total and the data at the city and town level because additional time is sometimes needed to identify the permanent place of residence of some COVID-19 patients.