Governor Raimondo and the the Department of Health provided an update on COVID-19 in Rhode Island during a press briefing at 2:30 pm today.
Gov: Notes press briefing will be held at 1 pm on Thursday and Friday, beginning next week the press briefings will only be held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Gov: There’s some good news coming up in the next few days and next week in regards to what comes next.
Gov: Deficit in Rhode Island because of COVID-19 looks like it will be $800 million. “All signs suggest Congress is poised to pass another stimulus act”, “we can really get to work on balancing the budget”.
Gov: On contact tracing -repeats importance of CRUSH COVID smartphone app.
Gov: State will have RIDOH staff at peaceful protests to provide information about COVID-19, they will also be distributing masks, and they will be reminding people to social distance. Gov. says if you live with an older person with an underlying health condition, exercise caution because of the possibility of bringing an infection to them.
Director Of Health: On ten new deaths, two in 70’s, two in eighties, and six in their 90’s.
RIDOH Press Release
COVID-19 Data Update
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) announced 107 new cases of COVID-19 today. This brings Rhode Island’s case count to 15,236. RIDOH also announced 10 additional COVID-19 associated fatalities. Rhode Island’s number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is now 742. A full data summary for Rhode Island is posted online.
Key messages for the public
- Rhode Island is now in Phase 2 of the reopening process. More information about Phase 2 is available at www.reopeningri.com.
- 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 six feet of a person for a prolonged period.
- When people are in public, they should wear a cloth face covering.
- Keep your groups consistent and small.
- 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.
- 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
RIDOH reports today that there are 107 positive new cases (total now 15, 219), 10 new deaths (total now 742), 189 currently hospitalized (44 currently in ICU, 30 on ventilator).