COVID-19 cases in Rhode Island rises to 44 total

Governor Raimondo Press Conference

Posted by ABC6 News on Thursday, March 19, 2020

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – In a press conference held on Thursday, Governor Raimondo announced that there are 11 new positive cases of Coronavirus in the state.

This new development brings Rhode Island’s total amount of cases to 44.

According to the Director of Health, Doctor Alexander-Scott, the patients range in age from their 20s to their 60s and have a travel history of states New York and Utah.

Of the 11 confirmed cases, 1 is currently hospitalized.

According to Doctor Alexander-Scott, as the number of confirmed cases rises, they plan on possibly releasing data on a county level.

It could get to the point where case information is released on a city and town level, according to Alexander-Scott.

The Governor noted that although the number of cases continues to rise,  a shelter in place order would not be brought forward, as it would be “crushing to the economy.”

The Governor said, “we are working for the best, but planning for the worst.”

The worst instance, according to Raimondo is finding extra capacity for quarantine and hospitalizations.

A press conference is expected to be held sometime on Friday.

©WLNE-TV/ABC6 2020

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