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The governor says the federal government has delivered $625 million to the state and an additional $625 million from the national recovery program will arrive in the coming weeks. 

“That is a welcome relief. It is much needed,” Raimondo said at her daily news conference Saturday. “Our revenue has dried up precipitously, and also we’re spending money to deal with the crisis. So, I want you to have some hope and confidence to know that we received $625 million from the federal government.”

Raimondo said the state is still awaiting guidelines and regulations from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on how the state can spend the money.

On Saturday, the governor also reminded businesses that a recent order she signed requiring facemasks in the workplace is now in effect. 

Raimondo reached out to struggling artists and encouraged people in the arts community to apply for grants of up to $1,000 through a new relief fund established by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. 

“A thousand dollars is, I realize, a drop in the bucket,” Raimondo said. “But it’s something—it’s something, and I hope you’ll take advantage of it.”Raimondo also announced plans to update guidelines to allow struggling garden centers to reopen for business by April 27 and, in the meantime, force big box stores to close their “open browsing and shopping options within their garden centers,” beginning Sunday.

The state reported 19 new coronavirus related deaths Saturday, bringing the state’s total to 137. The Department of Health said 4,491 people in Rhode Island have been confirmed positive for COVID-19.

“But the very good news,” Raimondo said, “is that, due to all of your hard work and sacrifice, we aren’t seeing the steepness of the curve that we had been seeing a week or two ago.”