Gov. Raimondo asks employees in close contact businesses to get tested for COVID-19

Raimondo announced Friday that asymptomatic testing will include restaurant workers and bus drivers.

PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – Governor Gina Raimondo is asking employees in close contact businesses to get tested for COVID-19 even if they aren’t sick or showing symptoms.

“Earlier this week, I announced a new system for testing close contact workers at hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, gyms, tattoo, massage, and tanning parlors,” Raimondo said. “We have the capacity to run 900 asymptomatic tests a day, but we’re only averaging about half of that. We need to get more people tested.”

Raimondo announced Friday that asymptomatic testing will include restaurant workers and bus drivers.

To sign up to get tested go to portal.ri.gov.

On another note, Gov. Raimondo says she will use part of the $5 million rental assistance program for a Housing Now campaign. She added that she is challenging landlords to supply 100 rental units in the state for people in need.

Landlords will get a $2000 signing bonus for the 1st units, and then $500 for additional units.

 

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Raimondo said there will be a website launched Friday that will add transparency for Rhode Islands to monitor the state’s use of federal COVID-19 aid.

On Friday, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) reported 84 new cases and 10 deaths. RIDOH says they recorded 3,639 tests on Thursday.

“It’s another encouraging day of data . . . sadly another 10 deaths,” Raimondo said. “It’s all trending in the right direction.”

There are currently 141 people in the hospital, 28 in the ICU, and 17 are on a ventilator. A small decline from the 146 hospitalizations reported Thursday.

RIDOH reported 102 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths on Thursday.

As of Friday, 833 Rhode Islanders have died from COVID-19.

Rhode Island has recorded 15,947 positive COVID-19 cases throughout the pandemic and 191,518 tests have been recorded, according to state health data.

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