4th COVID-19 death announced and distance learning extended
PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – Governor Raimondo updated residents on the state’s response to COVID-19, including the extension of distance learning and a fourth death related to the virus.
According to the Director of Health, Doctor Alexander-Scott, the fourth death was a man in his 70s and is not a nursing home resident.
The Department of Health is currently looking at any possible underlying conditions.
Alexander-Scott said that even though this patient was not a nursing home resident, nursing homes should still be cleaning regularly, ideally every four hours.
The state reported 114 new positive cases, bring the total to 408, with 41 hospitalizations and 15 coming from nursing homes.
Governor Raimondo reminded residents that as testing increases, the number of cases will increase, and the state is in a “fast spread of the virus”.
Raimondo announced that distance learning for K-12 students will continue until the end of April in response to positive results from school districts regarding attendance.
According to the Governor, 97 percent of school leaders report communication in the classroom is going well.
Raimondo commended Providence Superintendent Harrison Peters, who helped distribute 10,000 Chromebooks to students.
The four main cell service providers (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint) are offering free mobile hotspot service to assists students learning from home.
Cox cable is also offering two free months of internet access, with $10 per month afterward.
Tests in Rhode Island are likely going to reach 1,000 per day, according to The Governor, thanks to the assistance of the National Guard, URI, CCRI, and RIC setting up mobile testing sets.
Testing sights will be available by appointment only.
The testing sights will be functional on Tuesday, and the Governor is providing additional details in another briefing that day.
Governor Raimondo announced that special conference, will be held on Thursday, to answer any questions children may have about COVID-19 and distance learning.
Doctor Alexander-Scott and Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green will also be in attendance.