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Rhode Island Department of Health - COVID-19 information page

Rhode Island Residents: RI Department of Health COVID-19 hotline: 401-222-8022 (if you have general questions about COVID-19). According to the RI Department of Health, people who think they have symptoms should call their healthcare provider. These people should NOT go directly to a healthcare facility without first calling a healthcare provider (unless they are experiencing a medical emergency).

Massachusetts Department of Public Health - COVID-19 information page

Massachusetts Residents: People who have symptoms of respiratory illness and/or fever or if you have come in contact with someone who meets these criteria, you should contact your local board of health, health care provider, or call 2-1-1, a 24-hour state-supported telephone hotline.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - COVID-19 resource page.

Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (RIDLT) COVID-19 Fact Sheet - If you are unable to work, but your workplace remains open, you may qualify for Temporary Disability Insurance. If you are quarantined due to COVID-19, you may qualify for Temporary Disability Insurance. If your place of work is closed or your employer tells you that you must stay home, you may qualify for Unemployment Insurance.

Delivery Service - If you've been told to quarantine or isolate yourself to prevent the spread of COVID-19, check this list of delivery services, compiled by Rhode Island's Office of Healthy Aging.

Food Assistance - Find a food pantry near you in Rhode Island or Massachusetts.

Meals for school-aged children - All schools in Rhode Island are closed from March 16 - 20 (officially, the spring break was moved a week earlier than originally scheduled), and Massachusetts schools are closed for 3 weeks beginning March 17. See a complete list of closures here. Free "Grab and Go" meals are available in many cities. You can find a list on the RI Department of Health website.

Evictions - The state court system is operating on an emergency basis only; no evictions or adjudications will be processed until April 17, even for people who have received an eviction notice. More information is available from Homes RI.

Utilities - Rhode Island’s Public Utilities Commission is barring state-regulated utilities, including gas, electric, water, and sewer utilities, from shutting any services due to unpaid bills. It’s also requiring utilities to stop sending past-due accounts to collection agencies. 

Discounted Internet Access for Distance Learning - Information from Cox Communications about discounted internet access for families with K-12 students.

Help for Businesses - If your business has been affected by COVID-19, please call the RI Commerce Corporation Small Business Hotline: 401-521-4357. Businesses can apply for a loan under the U.S. Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.

Telecommuting Support - Microsoft has agreed to provide all Rhode Island businesses the Microsoft Office 365 program for free for the next six months to support telecommuting and remote file sharing.

Restaurants Providing Take-out or Delivery - Eat Drink RI has compiled a list of restaurants providing take-out or delivery.

Recovery - Virtual AA Meetings - Online list of virtual AA meetings.

Mental Health Information -

Student Loan Relief - The Rhode Island Student Loan Authority is offering relief to borrowers who are experiencing a financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic by suspending their monthly loan payments for up to two months. Apply for relief here.