Update: 97 new positive cases of COVID-19 in RI

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – In Governor Raimondo’s daily press briefing, she announced 97 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Rhode Island.

This brings the state’s total case count to 806.

Since Friday, there have been three new fatalities, bring the states total to 17.

Of the three new fatalities, one was a resident of Golden Crest Nursing Home. All were in their 80’s and 90’s.

A total of 6 deaths have been from Golden Crest.

Among, the positive cases, there are currently 93 people being hospitalized and treated.

Rhode Island currently has 180 ICU beds. 47 of those beds remain vacant. This does not include any beds part of field hospitals that are currently being built.

Governor Raimondo reminds all Rhode Islanders to stay home as we are now experiencing a rapid spread of the virus.

When out in public, residents are being advised to wear cloth masks. These types of masks can be a t-shirt, bandanna, something you can wrap around your nose and mouth.

Rhode Island can now test over 1,000 people per day, and anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 is urged to call their primary care physician so they can be sent for a test.

It is said that test results will still not be immediate.

The virus hits at a very special time of year for many religions and the governor sympathizes with all those who unable to celebrate in their normal religious gatherings.

As a reminder, all state parks and state beaches are closed. The governor stated that if you live near one, you may go for a walk.

She urges residents in coastal communities not to drive to any beaches and not to congregate in large crowds.

The state has extra DEM officers on patrol this weekend.

Governor Raimondo encourages all residents that the more we stay home, the sooner we will resume some sort of normalcy.

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