Local businesses anxiously await Gov. Raimondo’s update on pause

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Local businesses anxiously await Gov. Raimondo’s COVID update tomorrow, which may lead to an extended pause.

The pause put into place at the end of November is set to expire this weekend.

“I think we’re probably going to scale back into probably Phase 2 or Phase 1,” Louis Augusta, the owner of Stanley’s Famous Hamburgers, said. “We’re probably going to have to go strictly to take out.”

Dr. Jay Schuur, chair of emergency medicine at Brown University’s medical school, said he think it’s “very likely” Gov. Raimondo will continue the pause.

“We’re still seeing cases rise, we’re still seeing numbers go up in the hospital,” Dr. Schuur said.

But, he said, that doesn’t mean the pause isn’t working, because it could take days or weeks for people to show symptoms, end up in the hospital, and recover.

“The major thing driving the governor’s caution is the large numbers of people in the hospital,” Schuur said.

He said if health care workers become sick or can’t work, then that could mean disaster for the state.

“We’d have to pick and choose between the procedures and reasons people could come to the hospital and if things got really severe, we’d have to have different care standards for how many patients a nurse or a doctor could care for, for example,” Schuur said.

ABC 6 News will have updates from the governor’s update on-air and here on ABC6.com.

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