Rhode Island COVID-19 cases rise to 203
PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – Gov. Gina Raimondo announced 38 new COVID-19 cases in Rhode Island on Friday, bringing the state’s total to 203.
Raimondo said 28 people of those 203 cumulative cases are being hospitalized.
The Governor strongly reminded residents to avoid crowds this weekend. Raimondo added that the state’s health-care system is not currently ready for a surge in cases that New York is experiencing.
Raimondo added that she will have an announcement on Monday regarding the remainder of the school year for K-12 public schools.
The governor also said on Friday that she is extending her ban on gatherings of 10 or more people (indoors or outdoors), and her order that anyone who is able to work from home to do so until April 13.
Dining-in at restaurants and bars will also remain closed until April 13. Take-out and delivery is still available at those establishments that offer it.
Starting Saturday, Raimondo said the Rhode Island National Guard will be going door-to-door with local law enforcement in the state’s coastal communities looking for visitors from New York state.
Raimondo said the National Guard would be handing out her order in writing for people arriving from New York state to quarantine for 14 days, and they will ask for your contact information.
The order to quarantine for 14 days applies to all visitors to the state arriving at T.F. Green Airport, where the National Guard will continue to be posted. That order is in place until April 25 and applies to to both domestic and international travelers.
Other orders were extended until May 8, including allowing government meetings to take place by phone or video conferencing and the extension of background check for gun permits to 30 days.
Health insurers must also continue to cover telemedicine, as many patients have switched to remote visits with doctors.
Additional changes came to the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which will extend benefits for six moths to those who were due to reapply in March or April. About half of families eligible for the food assistance program will receive additional benefits.
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