Governor Raimondo and the the Department of Health will provide an update on COVID-19 in Rhode Island during a press briefing at 1 pm today.

What’s Up Newp will carry it live below and on our Facebook Page as it happens.

The Latest Rhode Island Data

RIDOH reports today 49 new positive cases (total now 16,213), 11 new fatalities (total now 876), 126 currently hospitalized (17 currently in ICU, 13 on a ventilator).

Updates From The Press Briefing

Gov: Rhode Islanders deserve credit for how the state is doing better with the virus than a lot of other states.

Gov: Says she expects state will hit a milestone on Friday, with 20% of state’s population being tested. Says Rhode Island is the only state to hit that mark.

Gov: On Friday during press briefing, she will begin to share what Phase III looks like.

Gov: Some positive changes that may permanently come from COVID-19 include no more snow days for school kids, says Telehealth should continue, allowing more people to work from home, and appointments should continue at RI DMV. Gov says “Rhode Island’s economy has forever changed”.

Gov: On high density communities – while the statewide positive rate is just under 2% we need to keep our eye on communal living / densely populated communities in the state. Gov. says state is bringing testing into the communities that are most affected – walk thru and drive thru sites.

Gov: New testing sites for asymptomatic patients being added at four Stop & Shop locations (Cranston, Pawtucket, and two in Providence). Close contact workers, hospitality employees, and those who have attended protests are encouraged to get tested. Make an appointment at

Director of Health – On 11 new associated deaths – 6 in 70’s, 2 in 80’s, and 3 in 90’s. 9 associated with long-term care facilities. Approximately 650 of the 876 total deaths are from long-term care facilities.

More Info From RIDOH (Press Release)

COVID-19 Data Update 

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) announced 49 new cases of COVID-19 today. This brings Rhode Island’s case count to 16,213. RIDOH also announced 11 additional COVID-19 associated fatalities. Rhode Island’s number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is now 876. 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
  • Anyone who is sick should stay home and self-isolate (unless going out for testing or healthcare).
  • Close contacts of someone who has symptoms of COVID-19, even if they haven’t been tested, should quarantine for 14 days following contact. 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, write to, 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.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp.  Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in...