Governor Raimondo assures Rhode Islanders in-person learning is safe

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Governor Raimondo assured the public that it was safe to go back to in-person classes on Monday.

She addressed concerns during a news conference on Wednesday.

“We’ll have the capacity to run more than 5,000 tests a day,” Gov. Raimondo said.

According to the governor, the state was ready to test and trace if any students started to show symptoms.

“Anyone who feels sick during the school day, teacher, employee, student, anyone will be able to immediately receive a rapid test with same day results and a more definitive PCR test with results within 48 hours,” Raimondo said.

She said the state was able to do that with state-wide testing centers.

“Starting Monday, as of Monday morning, we will have set up and have operational more than a dozen testing sites all around the state,” Raimondo said.

The governor also said, statewide, health officials would partner with grocery stores and community organizations to encourage Rhode Islanders to get a flu vaccine.

“Our primary goal is to make it easier than ever to get your flu shot,” Raimondo said.

The governor said usually hundreds of thousands of Rhode Islanders go without the flu vaccine—and that could lead to hospitals overrun with both COVID and flu patients.

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