Everything You Need to Know About the Coronavirus in Rhode Island
The latest on COVID-19 in the Ocean State, including new capacity guidelines for restaurants, workplaces and gatherings. Plus, the latest case data and information on no-appointment vaccinations.
On Friday, May 7, the state reported two new COVID-19-related fatalities and 182 new cases of COVID-19.
- 113 people are currently hospitalized from COVID-19, with twenty-three people in the ICU and eighteen people on ventilators
- Thursday’s testing saw a percent positive rate of 1.3 percent
- 433,399 people have been fully vaccinated in Rhode Island; 584,379 have received the first dose
- 2,687 people have died from COVID-19 in Rhode Island since the start of the pandemic
- 149,577 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Rhode Island since the start of the pandemic
RHODE ISLAND’S REOPENING
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- Houses of worship, restaurants, gyms, entertainment venues and retailers may all operate with reduced capacity
- no capacity limitations for outdoor retail and outdoor fitness classes
- Beginning May 7, Rhode Island restaurants can operate at 80 percent capacity
- Beginning May 28, all capacity limitations indoors will be lifted but masks will still be required
- Bars are now open with limited capacity
- Standing bar service will resume May 28
- Rhode Islanders should limit informal social interactions to up to twenty-fi e people indoors and up to seventy-five people outdoors
- For professionally catered events, attendance is restricted to up to 200 people indoors, 500 people outdoors with recommended or required testing in advance
- State beaches will open at full capacity Memorial Day weekend; masks will only be required at concession areas
The state has opened vaccinations to all Rhode Islanders age sixteen and older; visit VaccinateRI.org or call 844-930-1779 to schedule an appointment at a state-run site or walk in, no appointment necessary. Contact your city or town for local vaccination information.
- State-run vaccination sites at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence (9 a.m.-6 p.m.); Sockanosset Crossings in Cranston (8 a.m.-9 p.m.); and the former Benny’s in Middletown (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) will take walk-ins for vaccinations, no appointment necessary
- CVS, Walgreens, Stop and Shop and Walmart are also administering vaccinations, no appointment necessary
- Masks are required at all times indoors
- Outdoor masking is recommended within three feet, but not required
- Exceptions include people with medical conditions, developmental disabilities and very young children.
- Click here for an easy DIY face mask tutorial
Visit portal.ri.gov to schedule a test at a state-run test site
- Major test sites include Dunkin’ Donuts Center and the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence
- Click here to find a COVID-19 respiratory clinic testing site near you
- The state is hosting pop-up rapid testing events (walk-up; no appointment necessary) in some community settings
- Click here for a list of sites, which is updated weekly
- Some CVS pharmacies in Rhode Island offer self-swab COVID-19 tests for adults eighteen and older. Click here to make an appointment.
- Asymptomatic testing is encouraged for all Rhode Islanders; schedule a test at portal.ri.gov
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- Nearly all public elementary schools and middle schools in Rhode Island are learning either four or five days in person, says state education commissioner Angelica Infante-Green on April 29
- ESL learners and students with special needs in high school may continue learning in person
- Districts have some flexibility with high school learners; visit your school district website for the most up-to-date information
- The state is hosting twelve dedicated testing sites for students and teachers
- To schedule a test, call 844-857-1814
- Testing sites are located in Woonsocket, Pawtucket, Smithfield, Lincoln, Providence, East Providence, Cranston, West Warwick, North Kingstown, Richmond, Westerly and Newport
- The state has procured rapid testing machines for students and staff with symptoms
- The school year is expected to last 177 days; the last day of school is June 25
- Indoor and outdoor youth and adult sports — track and field, basketball, hockey, gymnastics, swimming, football, lacrosse and, new April 26, karate and wrestling — may resume
- For indoor sports, spectators are subject to capacity limitations
- Beginning May 28, out-of-state teams may complete in tournaments in Rhode Island
- Read the full guidelines on youth and adult sports here
- If you’re visiting or returning to Rhode Island from a state with current travel restrictions, you must quarantine for ten days or provide proof of a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken after arrival or within seventy-two hours before arrival.
- If you’re coming to Rhode Island from outside the United States, you must quarantine for ten days.
- If you have a negative result from a test taken at least five days after you arrived, you may shorten quarantine to seven days.
Rent relief options for tenants
- Renters in arrears and/or at risk of eviction should call United Way’s 211 hotline to see if they qualify for the Safe Harbor rent relief program or visit housinghelpri.com
- Financial services will be available for renters
- Both landlords and tenants must agree to participate
CORONAVIRUS FAST FACTS
- To prevent infection, wear a face mask and wash your hands for twenty seconds with soap and warm water
- Symptoms include cough, fever, shortness of breath and lost of taste and/or smell
- Visit the Rhode Island COVID-19 self-checker at covidselfchecker.ri.gov for guidance on making coronavirus-related health care decisions based on CDC guidelines
- If you’re showing symptoms, call your health care provider first; if you don’t have one, contact a nearby urgent care.
- The Crush COVID RI app, a contact tracing, location tracking and symptom management application for smartphones, is available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play.
- Call 401-222-8022 with general questions about COVID-19 or visit the Rhode Island Department of Health website for the latest information
- Call Rhode Island’s BH Link at 401-414-5465 if you need mental health help or are struggling with substance abuse; for children, call Kids’ Link at 1-855-543-5465
Editor’s note: This story is updated frequently.