coronavirus in Rhode Island

Governor Raimondo and the Department of Health hosted their daily COVID-19 press briefing today at 1 pm.

Updates From Press Briefing

Gov: Programming – Press briefing at 1 pm on Friday, taking weekend off from press briefing.

Gov: “I cannot wait for the day that I can get up here and say, “There’s no more limit on social gathering we don’t have to wear our masks,” but today is not that day”.

Gov: Will provide more guidance on what phase II will look like.

Gov: On June 15th – there will be a graduation special on PBS. “Your Year 2020” Deadling to submit videos to be featured is next Friday, May 22nd. You can do so at

Gov: On Summer Camps – summer camps/youth summer camps can begin operating in person on June 29th. “It’s not going to be just like last year”, says that it will be fun, but different. There will be new guidelines, restrictions, cleaning protocols, etc. Rhode Island may need to adjust that date based on case numbers, but Gov. says she’s hopeful this will be the start date. Gov. says kids will have to be kept in small, stable groups. Around the same group of kids (possibly 10) each day. Starting next week the details of these new guidelines, will be on

Gov: On Little League Sports/organized youth sports. “Until the cdc guidance changes, organized youth sports games in Rhode Island can’t happen”. Gov. says state is looking at ways of having summer sport camps, limited sports gatherings, a way to allow sports practice. Gov. will provide more guidance on days, weeks, going forward.

Gov: On Libraries, library buildings remain closed through phase I. Libraries can continue to do curbside pickup. In phase II, libraries will allow limited browsing.

Gov: Starting next week there will be an official survey for small businesses to participate in. Will be used to help understand how to best utilize the $1.25 billion federal grant. Survey will be on

Director of Health: On 6 new associated deaths, 1 peroson in 70s, 2 in 80s, 3 in 90s.

Director: RIDOH carefully monitoring the new inflammatory syndrome associated with COVI-19 in children that’s been emerging in some states. RI has not had any confirmed cases of this.

Director: Important for adults to model good preventive behavior for kids, such as good hand-washing.

More from the Governor- Press Release

Raimondo Provides Update About Summer Programs, Public Libraries 

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

  • Summer programs: The state plans to allow summer camps and other youth summer programs to operate in person—under new, strict regulations—starting June 29th. A full list of regulations and guidance will be available on next week. 
  • Libraries: During Phase 1, many Rhode Island libraries are offering curbside pickup of preordered library books. Services at local public libraries may vary. In Phase 2, many libraries will start offering limited, touchless browsing in designated areas of the library, while curbside pickup will continue. Some libraries will start offering limited access to public computers. All-in-library services will be provided in accordance with state regulations for social distancing, mask-wearing, and cleaning. More information is available on

COVID-19 Data Update 

RIDOH announced 181 new cases of COVID-19 today. This brings Rhode Island’s case count to 12,016. RIDOH also announced six new COVID-19 associated fatalities. Rhode Island’s number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is now 468. 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.
  • 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.

The Latest Local Data

May 14th: 181 new positive cases (total now 12,016), 6 new fatalities (total now 468), 271 currently hospitalized, 65 currently in ICU, 42 currently on a ventilator.

This story is developing, check back throughout the day for updates.

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