Governor Gina Raimondo and the Rhode Island Department hosted a press briefing on COVID-19 in Rhode Island on Tuesday, May 19th at 1 pm.

Press Briefing Updates

Gov: Announces new app, Crush Covid RI. Available for free download in Apple store/Google Play.

Gov: June 1st remains target date for reopening childcare. State providing 50,000 surgical masks to 900 facilities.

Director of Health: On 26 new associated deaths – ages ranged from their 50’s to 100’s. 1 in 50s, 2 in 60s, 7 in 80s, 10 in 80s, 5 in 90s, 1 older than 100 years old. 24 out of 26 deaths were associated with nursing home or assisted living facility.

Director of Health: State will wrap up serology tests at Stop & Shops in the state on Friday. Data from these antibody tests could be release next week.

More Info – Governor Press Release

Raimondo Unveils CRUSH COVID RI, State’s One-Stop Pandemic Response App 

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. 

  • CRUSH COVID RI: Today the Governor announced the first version of CRUSH COVID RI, the state’s pandemic response mobile app with a privacy-first focus. CRUSH COVID RI provides Rhode Islanders with easy access to all of the resources required during the public health crisis, including a location diary that helps users identify the people and places they are in contact with and a symptom checking survey. All Rhode Islanders are encouraged to use the CRUSH COVID RI app and take an active role in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Rhode Island. CRUSH COVID RI app is available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play. Visit to learn more. 

COVID-19 Data Update 

RIDOH announced 134 new cases of COVID-19 today. This brings Rhode Island’s case count to 12,951. RIDOH also announced 26 additional COVID-19 associated fatalities. Rhode Island’s number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is now 532. 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 Data

May 19th: RIDOH reports today that there are 134 new positive cases (total now 12,951), 26 new COVID-19 associated fatalities (total now 532), 247 Rhode Islanders are currently hospitalized (59 in ICU, 44 on ventilator).

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

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