State Reports 2 New COVID-19 Deaths, State Testing Doubles
PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – Governor Raimondo announced two new COVID-19 related deaths and the expansion of state testing thanks to a partnership with CVS.
The two new patient deaths bring the state to 27, with 160 new positive cases, bringing the state total 1082.
Of the 1082 cases, 109 are hospitalized, with 27 on ventilators.
One of the patients was in their 90s, and the other in their 80s.
The patient in their 90s was a resident of Golden Crest Nursing Home, making 10 associated deaths related to the facility.
The Governor reminded residents that these numbers are not a surprise, and will continue to rise.
Dr. James McDonald of the Department of Health said they are also not surprised by these numbers, and they are in the middle of “case finding”.
The point of case finding is to isolate those who are ill to prevent further spread and help with tracing.
On a positive note during the briefing, the Governor happily announced a partnership with CVS that will bring the state to 2,000 COVID-19 tests a day.
The new testing site is located located in the parking lot of the Twin River Casino.
According to the Governor, Georgia and Rhode Island are the first states to partner with CVS.
Governor Raimondo called the partnership “a game-changer”, and she thanked CVS, members of her staff and The RI National Guard for quickly getting the site up and running.
The Governor also announced that through the $2 trillion dollars of federal funding, workers who were not eligible for unemployment originally, now qualify.
Through the CARES act, self-employed workers and independent contractors can apply for unemployment starting Tuesday at 8:00 A.M.
The peak of infection across the state is subject to change but is predicted to be anywhere from id-April to mid-May.