R.I schools closed for a week and 9 new COVID-19 cases confirmed

"Social-Distancing" encouraged

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – In a press conference held on Friday, the Governor announced that there are nine new positive cases of COVID-19, making a total of 14 in the Ocean State.

The number of positive cases, 4 males and 5 females were numbered out of over 200 tests administered, according to the Governor.

Governor Raimondo stated that this is a situation the state had been preparing for for “months”, and she reiterated that large gatherings or events should be “shut down.”

The governor also announced that all Rhode Island Public Schools will be closed for at least one week, pushing up April break.

Daycare facilities will remain open out of necessity due to their much more controlled environment, according to the Governor, but they should be in touch with the Department of Health for additional guidance.

Director of the Department of Health, Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, said one of the nine patients is recovering in their nursing home and is currently in isolation.

Alexander-Scott wanted residents to avoid “non-essential crowds.”

Nursing home administrators have been directed to stop allowing visitors unless they are essential to the care of the patient.

There will be another press conference on Saturday.

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