COVID-19 Press Conference – April 5: Governor, Department of Health provide daily update

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Governor Gina M. Raimondo and the Department of Health will provide updates to reporters about Rhode Island’s coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response today at 1 pm.

What’s Up Newp will carry the press conference live here as it happens.

Updates as they happen;

Governor reports 8 new deaths, total of 25 fatalities. 116 new COVID-19 cases in Rhode Island, brings total to 922. 103 of those are hospitalized.

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RI Health Assistant Director: Says most recent victims range in ages from 60’s-90’s, 3 males / 5 females. 7 of fatalities live in nursing homes. 3 lived at Golden Crest nursing home, 2 at Oak Hill.

Gov: “We are in rapid spread, we’re climbing up the curve, we’re probably several weeks from our peak”

Gov: Reminds Rhode Islanders to keep a log of you spent time with and where you have been. It will help with tracing if you test positive.

Gov: Testing capacity is growing. More than 1,000 tested on Saturday, hopes to be near 2,000 per day soon.

Gov: Recognized not everyone has a car to get tested, she is working on transportation If you are on Medicaid and told to get a test, contact MTM or call 855-330-9131 as a last resort. Only those who absolutely need it should call.

Gov: All essential employees, including grocery store workers, should be wearing cloth masks.

This story is updating and will be updated as more information is received during the press conference and throughout the day.

Governor Gina M. Raimondo provided an update today on Rhode Island’s response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis. While reiterating the importance of social distancing in big box retail stores, she asked that Rhode Islanders who see individuals or businesses failing to comply report their concerns to the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation.                                            

COVID-19 Data Update

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) announced today that Rhode Island has 116 new cases of COVID-19. This brings Rhode Island’s count to 922. RIDOH also announced eight additional COVID-19 associated fatalities. These people ranged in age from their 60s to their 90s. Of these eight people, seven were nursing home residents. Rhode Island’s number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is now 25. A full data summary for Rhode Island is posted online.

Last Update: 4/5/2020
Number of Rhode Island COVID-19 positive cases:922
Number of people who had negative test results:7,181
Number of Rhode Island COVID-19 patients who are currently hospitalized103
Number of Rhode Island COVID-19 patients who are currently in an intensive care unit (ICU)33
Number of Rhode Island COVID-19 associated fatalities25
DateNew Positive CasesTotal Positive Cases
3/1/202011
3/2/202001
3/3/202012
3/4/202002
3/5/202002
3/6/202013
3/7/202003
3/8/202003
3/9/202003
3/10/202025
3/11/202005
3/12/202005
3/13/2020914
3/14/2020620
3/15/2020020
3/16/2020121
3/17/2020223
3/18/20201033
3/19/20201144
3/20/20201054
3/21/20201266
3/22/20201783
3/23/202023106
3/24/202018124
3/25/20208132
3/26/202033165
3/27/202038203
3/28/202036239
3/29/202055294
3/30/2020108402
3/31/202087489
4/1/202077566
4/2/202091657
4/3/202052709
4/4/202097806
4/5/2020116922
Age data last updated 4/5/2020

Age GroupRhode Island COVID-19 patients by age:
0-9
10-1913
20-29104
30-39136
40-49123
50-59176
60-69150
70-7986
80-8956
90-9933
100+

Note: Zero in an age category indicates either zero patients or less than five patients.

Sex data last updated 4/4/2020

SexRhode Island COVID-19 patients by sex
Female395
Male341
City/Town data last updated 4/4/2020
City/TownRhode Island COVID-19 patients by city/town of residence
Barrington13
Bristol10
Burrillville11
Central Falls12
Charlestown<5
Coventry23
Cranston64
Cumberland25
East Greenwich<5
East Providence24
Exeter<5
Foster<5
Glocester<5
Hopkinton<5
Jamestown<5
Johnston11
Lincoln12
Little Compton<5
Middletown9
Narragansett<5
New Shoreham<5
Newport13
North Kingstown15
North Providence68
North Smithfield<5
Pawtucket99
Portsmouth8
Providence136
Richmond0
Scituate<5
Smithfield13
South Kingstown19
Tiverton7
Warren<5
Warwick37
West Greenwich<5
West Warwick20
Westerly9
Woonsocket12

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.

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. 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 www.RIDelivers.com for connections to groceries, home supplies, restaurants, and mutual aid groups. People can also call 2-1-1. 
  • 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 www.health.ri.gov/covid, write to RIDOH.COVID19Questions@health.ri.gov, 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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