McKee extends COVID-19 emergency executive order

This is a file image of the Rhode Island State House. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Governor Dan McKee extended the COVID-19 emergency executive order another month.

The original order was set to run through at least March 11. McKee extended the date to April 10. on Friday.

McKee also extended the executive order last September as almost 5,000 new cases were reported that month.

The order states that the COVID-19 virus poses an active threat to the Rhode Island community and sets guidelines for regulated response measures.

ABC6 News reached out to the office of Gov. McKee for comment but have yet to hear back.

According to data from the Rhode Island Department of Health, reported new COVID cases are at an all-time-low.

The week of March 4. this year saw 532 new cases, where March of 2022 saw nearly double that number.

The Ocean State’s highest peak came in January of last year with more than 35,000 new cases reported the week of Jan. 8.

Click here to see data about COVID-19 cases from the Rhode Island Department of Health.

This is a bar graph from the RIDOH showing the number of new covid cases per week in the Ocean State.

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