Governor Gina M. Raimondo and the Department of Health provided updates to reporters about Rhode Island’s coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response today at 2:30 pm.
Governor: Critical time next couple of weeks, hang in there. Last 24 hours spent in meetings focused on how to safely get folks back to work, child care center open. Won’t happen in a week or two but eye on that prize.
Governor: RI Department of Health has new dashboard for data, can be sene here – https://ri-department-of-health-covid-19-data-rihealth.hub.arcgis.com/
New dashboard reveals 7 new COVID-19 associated fatalities, brings total to 87. 278 new positive COVID-19 cases in the state, brings total to 3,527.
Gov: URI dining services is partnering with senior centers to donate meals throughout the state.
Gov: HAs reached out to Uber and Lyft to step up delivires or groceries. Working with colleges to provide dorms to house people under quarantine.
Gov: State has contracted with the Wyndham Hotel in Warwick to provide 200 beds for people who are homeless or housing insecure. It has housed 50 people so far.
Gov: RIhavens.com – will provide a safe place for people that need it to stay – starting at $25. Place to access low-cost place to quarantine or isolate.
Gov: CVS testing site will now give Rhode Island a few hundred testing appointments every day for front-line healthcare workers in congregate settings. These people won’t need an appointment and should contact their supervisors for info on how to get tested.
Gov: 19-year old Providence resident partnered with RI Medical Soceity to connect patients with loved ones. Covid Connecters Project allows Rhode Islanders to donate IPads, IPhones to RI Hospitals. Today, Amazon has agreed to donate 540 tablets.
Director of Health: Of seven new deaths, four were in their 80s, two in their 90s, and one was over 100. Six were nursing home residents.
Director of Health: Reviewed cloth fask masks order – Governor Raimondo signs Executive Order requiring cloth face masks at work. Cloth face masks doesn’t replace social distancing, staying home if you’re sick. Masks can be homemade, scarves, etc. Call COVID hotline at 222-8022 if you aren’t sure how to make a cloth face covering.
Gov: In response to a reporters question about what this summer looks like, she says “I would like to say that we will be able to be using our parks and beaches somehow this summer, I’ll leave it at that”. Says that there will be some restrictions this summer, “there’s no way around that”.