Providence, RI – Governor Gina Raimondo and the Rhode Island Department of Health provided an update on COVID-19 in Rhode Island during a press briefing at 1 pm on Wednesday, July 8th.

What’s Up Newp will carry it live, and provide updates, below.

Gov: Next press briefing will take place on Friday at 1 pm and then moving forward press briefings will only take place every Wednesday at 1 pm.

RIDOH reports today 41 new positive cases of COVID-19, 2 new associated fatalities, and 56 people are currently hospitalized. Guidelines will vary hospital by hospital.

Gov: On enforcement – moving forward enforcement for businesses will look different. Businesses who blatantly disregard the rules will be issued a compliance order or fine, the second time will result in a fine or shut down. Businesses with less significant issues will get a warning, second time a compliance order or fine.

Gov: New guidance for businesses at dbr.ri.gov later today. Gov. says people can also file complaints about businesses not following the rules at the link.

Gov: As of today you can visit loved ones in a hospital or care facility, with guidelines.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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