17 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the state

Covid-19 Updates With Governor Raimondo

Posted by ABC6 News on Sunday, March 22, 2020

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – In a press conference on Sunday, Governor Raimondo announced there are 17 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Rhode Island.

These 17 new cases bring the state total up 83.

Because of the increase in cases and from concerns that residents are not following the social distancing protocols, Governor Raimondo announced the closure of all recreational and entertainment centers.

These centers include theaters, cinemas, spas, barbershops, salons, and tattoo parlors.

This new rule takes effect on Monday at 5:00 p.m

The Governor mentioned that she will be making spot checks to local businesses to make sure they are following new protocols and said businesses that are still open must meet employees at the door and make sure they aren’t sick.

Names of hospitals with sick employees with not be disclosed.

Raimondo also announced that the U.S Army Corps of Engineers will be deployed in the state on Monday to help back-up medical facilities should they become necessary.

According to The Governor, she is currently working on rolling out a child care system for essential workers who still need to go to work and has been in contact with the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club.

The Governor plans on making an announcement regarding domestic travel into Rhode Island.

©WLNE-TV/ABC6 2020

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