PROVIDENCE – The actions Rhode Islanders take this weekend, specifically staying away from other people, will go a long way toward determining the path the state takes going forward related to the spread of the coronavirus, said Gov. Gina Raimondo Saturday afternoon.
As confirmed COVID-19 cases climb to 66, Raimondo says the state is still a step ahead of the pandemic, and she's insisting that she's still not considering an order to shelter in place.
"My ask again today to every Rhode Islander is that you get your news from official sources," she said. "We need facts, not frenzy. I'm aware that there are persistent rumors that we are going to order a statewide shelter in place. This is not true."
She added, "I said this yesterday and I'll say it again: our actions this weekend will shape the course of this outbreak in Rhode Island," she said. "We all have an opportunity to make a difference. I know it's hard. Some folks are getting tired of being cooped up, and it's even more challenging on the weekends."
The good news, said Raimondo, is that people don't need to be stuck in their house all weekend. As long as they're avoiding crowds and keeping at least six feet of distance between yourself and others, there is no reason not to enjoy the outdoors if you're healthy," she said.