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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, and provide updates, below as it happens.

Updates from the press briefing

Gov: Yesterday was a very good day, more than 4,000 tested.

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Gov: On executive orders, has extended face mask requirement until 4th of July. Has also extended declared state of emergency until 5th of July. Has extended telemedicine executive order until 5th of July. On quarantine order, until July 5th those who have tested positive, been in contact with a COVID-19 positive must self-quarantine for 14 days.

Gov: On United Way Be Kind RI’s State Challenge – asks every Rhode Islanders to do something kind for someone this weekend.

Gov: On protests this weekend (Providence and Newport) – asks Rhode Islanders to peacefully protest and to practice social distancing.

Director of Health: On 16 new deaths – 3 in 60s, 3 in 70s, 6 in 80s, 3 in 90s, 1 over 100.

DOH: Says RIDOH will be reviewing visitation plans from nursing homes over the coming weeks.

The Latest Data

RIDOH reports today an addition 113 new positive cases (total now 15,441), 16 new associated deaths (total now 772), 182 are currently hospitalized (37 are in the ICU, 23 are on a ventilator).

More from RIDOH

COVID-19 Data Update 

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) announced 113 new cases of COVID-19 today. This brings Rhode Island’s case count to 15,441. RIDOH also announced 16 additional COVID-19 associated fatalities. Rhode Island’s number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is now 772. A full data summary for Rhode Island is posted online.

As Governor Raimondo shifts from doing COVID-19 press briefings five days a week to three days a week, RIDOH will move from posting COVID-19 data online seven days a week to five days a week. RIDOH will continue to process and monitor data trends over the weekend. On Mondays, a comprehensive data update will include numbers from over the weekend.

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).
  • 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 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.

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