Governor Raimondo and the Rhode Island Department of Health will host their daily coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) press briefing today at 3 pm.

What’s Up Newp will carry it live, and provide updates, as it happens below.

Updates from Press Briefing

Gov: Says she thinks the numbers we are seeing is a good “news story”.

Gov: Says Rhode Islanders are doing very well wearing masks and staying 6 feet apart. If this continues, “we’re going to get this economy and up and running”

Gov: Says DBR inspected 300 businesses in Rhode Island over the weekend. There was a 95% compliance rate with customers wearing masks. 100% compliance with people remaining 6 feet apart.

Gov: In Phase 1 – Non-critical stores can open with capacity restrictions. Limited in person browsing (based on size of store), still encouraging online orders, call ahead, pick-up. 1 person browsing for every 300 square feet of space. Every staff members and customer must wear a cloth face covering.

Gov: Restaurants are not really going to be open for dining in Phase 1, outdoor seating may be possible late in Stage 1. No date has been announced for it yet, but – Restaurants: Inside closed, except people coming in for pick-up orders. Curbside pick-up. Outdoor seating tables must be set up in a way that ensures social distancing. Reservation only. No menus, condiments, and silverware will be individually wrapped. Masks are needed.

Gov: Phase I is probably will last 14 days. Learn more about the reopening process here:

Gov: workplaces should start to think about new measures to promote safety and distance

Gov: Phase I – Anyone that has deferred heath care needs and appointments can begin setting up appointments.

Gov: There will be no visitation to nursing homes, assisted living, or hospitals during phase I.

Director of Health: On new deaths, one in their 40s, two in 60s, one in 70s, eight in 80s, 9 in 90s.

Director Of Health: Dr. A-Scott: We will be testing at places where workers are still interacting with a lot of people face-to-face. We have worked with the leadership of 4 Stop and Shop sites and are going to be giving their employees (not the public) the opportunity to voluntarily get tested.

Gov: Will be signing an Executive Order on Tuesday regarding making wearing a mask a requirement.

The Latest Local Data

May 4th: 175 new positive cases (total now 9,652), 21 associated fatalities (total now 341), 339 currently hospitalized, 84 currently in ICY, 61 on ventilator.

Press Briefing

Raimondo Details Plans for Phase 1: Retail, Restaurants to Operate Under New Regulations

Governor Gina M. Raimondo today provided more details on Phase 1 of the state’s plan to reopen the economy.  

  • Retail: Non-critical retail stores that have been closed will be allowed to reopen in-person operations, including for limited in-person browsing. Pre-ordering and in-store pick-up will still be encouraged as the safest option. Retailers will be able to have one person browsing for every 300 square feet of space. Every staff member and customer will need to wear a mask at all times. 
  • Offices: Everyone who can work from home should continue to work from home. In the meantime, employers should begin taking steps immediately to prepare for eventually bringing more employees back into the office. 
  • Restaurants: Later in phase 1, limited outdoor in-person seating options at restaurants will be allowed. 
  • Healthcare: In phase 1, anyone who has deferred healthcare needs, including well-visits and specialty care should call their primary care provider. Telehealth is still the best option if possible. 
  • Congregate Care: Visitation restrictions for nursing homes, hospitals, and assisted living centers will continue. 

 More details can be found here

COVID-19 Data Update 

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) announced 175 new cases of COVID-19 today. This brings Rhode Island’s case count to 9,652. Rhode RIDOH also announced 21 new COVID-19 associated fatalities. Rhode Island’s number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is now 341. 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.
  • 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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