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(Updated August 10, 2020)

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  • Rhode Island health experts will use a new COVID-19 "incidence rate" metric to weigh in on school reopening plans. In order to fully reopen schools for in-person learning, municipalities must average fewer than 100 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in a week.



  • Beginning Friday, Rhode Island travelers to Massachusetts must quarantine for 14 days or show a negative COVID-19 test within three days of arrival. This follows an announcement that anyone traveling from Rhode Island must quarantine in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut as the state begins to see signs of rising infections.


  • Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced Wednesday, July 29 that the state will remain in its third phase of economic reopening, but with stricter limits on social gatherings. Raimondo will lower the limit on informal gatherings from 25 to 15. Other existing phase three regulations will remain the same.


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  • The Rhode Island department of health has released new guidance that addresses how schools should deal with a COVID-19 outbreak. In the case that a staff member or student tests positive, they will be sent home, and can only return after . All those who came into close contact will also need to go home, returning after 14 days of quarantine following exposure.


  • Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Wednesday, July 22 that $100,000 in federal grant money will go toward purchasing smart devices for the state's nursing homes. Facilities can apply immediately for up to $3,000.


  • In an effort to increase transparency on school planning, Governor Raimondo and School Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green will host a weekly virtual forum on Thursdays at 3pm. The forums will air on the Governor's Facebook page.


  • As coronavirus cases surge across the country, Rhode Islanders are having to wait longer to get test results. With the exception Central Falls, which offers same-day testing, patients have waited anywhere from one to nearly six days, on average, to get test results from laboratories, according to the state Health Department data for July 5 -11. Joseph Wendelken, a department spokesman, said in an email Friday that health officials are working to shorten the turnaround time for test results.


  • The Rhode Island Health Care Association, which represents the state's 64 for-profit nursing homes, said the delays in testing are making it more difficult to contain outbreaks of the coronavirus. In a statement released Thursday, the association's president and CEO, Scott Fraser, said, "Over the weekend, one home learned, after a seven day wait, that six staff members tested positive. These staff had been working and interacting with residents and other staff during this time. This same home was still waiting more than a week for the results of 30 more employees."


  • Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says another public health crisis is imminent if child immunizations remain at around 50 percent. The state has organized a pediatric advisory council to help develop safe and efficient vaccination services for children.