Governor Raimondo will host a press briefing at 1 pm on Friday, January 8 to provide an update on COVID-19 in Rhode Island.

This press briefing was previously scheduled for Thursday, January 7 at 1 pm. It was rescheduled because Governor Raimondo is quarantining for the second time in less than a month following close contact with a person who has COVID-19.

UPDATE: January 8 at 4 am

President-elect Biden has nominated Governor Gina Raimondo for Secretary of Commerce.  Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee would take over to serve Raimondo’s remaining two years as governor (her second term expires in January 2023) if she were to leave Rhode Island for D.C.

And leave looks like that she will do. Governor Raimondo reportedly will join Biden, Harris and others in the incoming administration’s economic team at a news conference on Friday at 1:30 pm in Wilmington, Delaware

With Raimondo in Delaware this afternoon, her office says that her COVID-19 press briefing that was scheduled for 1 pm today will be moved to next week. Rhode Island Department of Health will provide an update to reporters via Zoom today at 3 pm instead.

Raimondo’s last press briefing took place on Tuesday, December 18.

Watch the press briefing live below or anytime afterward.

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