Raimondo gives update about summer programs, public libraries

Raimondo gives update about summer programs, public libraries

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina Raimondo and Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, provided an update Thursday on Rhode Island’s response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

• Summer programs: The state plans to allow summer camps and other youth summer programs to operate in person — under new, strict regulations — starting June 29. A full list of regulations and guidance will be available on www.reopeningRI.com next week.

• Libraries: During Phase 1, many Rhode Island libraries are offering curbside pickup of pre-ordered library books. Services at local public libraries may vary. In Phase 2, many libraries will start offering limited, touchless browsing in designated areas of the library, while curbside pickup will continue. Some libraries will start offering limited access to public computers. All-in-library services will be provided in accordance with state regulations for social distancing, mask-wearing, and cleaning. More information is available on www.OLIS.ri.gov .

COVID-19 Data Update:
RIDOH announced 181 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, bringing Rhode Island’s case count to 12,016. RIDOH also announced six new COVID-19 associated fatalities. Rhode Island’s number of COVID-19 associated fatalities was 468 as of Thursday. A full data summary for Rhode Island is posted online at https://ri-department-of-health-covid-19-data-rihealth.hub.arcgis.com .

Key messages for the public:
• Anyone who is sick should stay home and self-isolate (unless going out for testing or health care).
• The people who live with that person and who have been in direct close contact with that person should self-quarantine for 14 days after the last day that that person was in isolation. Direct close contact means being within approximately 6 feet of a person for a prolonged period.
• Help is available for people living in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19. Visit www.RIDelivers.com for connections to groceries, home supplies, restaurants, and mutual aid groups. People can also call 2-1-1.
• When people are in public, they should wear a cloth face covering. A cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth. It could be sewn by hand or improvised from household items such as scarves, T-shirts, or bandanas.
• Groups of more than five people should not be gathering. Always avoid close personal contact with other people in public.
• People who think they have COVID-19 should call their health care provider. Do not go directly to a healthcare facility without first calling a health care provider (unless you are experiencing a medical emergency).
• People with general, non-medical questions about COVID-19 can visit www.health.ri.gov/covid, write to RIDOH.COVID19Questions@health.ri.gov, or call 401-222-8022. This is the COVID-19 Hotline that RIDOH has available to the public.

Everyone can help stop the spread of viruses in Rhode Island.
• Wash your hands often throughout the day. Use warm water and soap. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
• Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
• Stay home and do not leave your house if you are sick, unless it is for emergency medical care.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.