RIDOH announces 394 new cases and 16 new fatalities Tuesday

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The Rhode Island Department of Health announced new COVID-19 for the state this morning.

Since Monday there are 394 new reported cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total case count to 5,500.

There are sadly 16 new deaths, bringing the state’s coronavirus related fatalities to 171.

Currently 271 people are hospitalized. 67 of those people are in the ICU and 43 are on a ventilator.

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) said 39,333 tests have been conducted and of those tests, 33,833 have come back negative.

At Tuesday’s press briefing, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced that the state has purchased 1.5 million surgical masks majority through the private market. Currently RI has about 2 million masks on hand for front line workers.

She assured both workers and residents that the state has enough Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on hand and there are additional orders that have placed.

“The last several weeks have been tough for everyone and just a few weeks ago, the reality of how the state would build additional hospitals in just a few weeks was a mind boggling thought,” Raimondo said. “In just a few weeks, Rhode Island with the help of the National Guard and many additional organizations, 1,000 beds have been prepared and are ready if Rhode Island residents need them.”

The field hospitals that have been set up in the state are well equipped and have the proper staffing ready and assigned to them if needed.

In addition, the state of Rhode Island has partnered with Brown University to provide frontline workers free housing in single occupancy dorm rooms.

The coronavirus has had a devastating impact on the state’s economy. The governor spoke of the hardship she knows many are facing, but through the website skillsfori.com there are thousands of job openings, she said.

She said some of the job openings are within the healthcare field and at grocery stores who are desperately in the need for workers. Employers are also able to list their open positions on the website.

The numbers of the people currently unemployed are the most in Rhode Island’s history. As of the end of the day Monday, the Rhode Island Department of Labor and training reported that just over 191,000 Rhode Islanders are out of work collecting unemployment insurance or TDI.

The governor said she is ready to get everyone back to work as quickly and as safely as possible and that the state is not quite at that point yet.

Over the weekend, the state began working with Amazon Web Services in providing technology to handle over 75,000 people calling in to re-certify their unemployment benefits the moment they called in.

Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott stated that proper quarantining, isolation and contract tracing are key to navigating our way to opening up the economy again.

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