• Rhode Island Jan 14

    RI's COVID Response Won't Be Affected If Raimondo Heads to DC, She Says

    Should she be confirmed as the next U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Wednesday there will be no disruptions to Rhode Island’s coronavirus response. Raimondo held her first coronavirus briefing of the new year and since being nominated for the commerce secretary position last week by President-elect Joe Biden. She briefly said that although she never pictured...

  • coronavirus Dec 21, 2020

    Businesses Reopen as Rhode Island's 3-Week ‘Pause' Is Lifted

    Some Rhode Island businesses are reopening or increasing capacity now that Gov. Gina Raimondo’s three week “pause” to help control the latest coronavirus surge has ended. The Democratic governor decided to lift the pause because of what she called “sustained decreases” in percent positivity rates which it is hoped will stop hospitals from being flooded with coronavirus patients. Businesses...

  • Rhode Island Dec 10, 2020

    RI Extends Pause Another Week

    Gov. Gina Raimondo on Thursday announced Rhode Island will be extending the state’s pause another week until Dec. 20.

  • Rhode Island Nov 25, 2020

    RI Announces $100 Million in Relief Ahead of Reopening Pause

    Gov. Gina Raimondo on Wednesday announced $100 million in relief to Rhode Island residents and businesses financially impacted by an upcoming pause on many commercial activities amid the coronavirus pandemic. Half of those funds — $50 million — will go to businesses that would otherwise close or be severely impacted during the pause. Such businesses are eligible for up to…

  • Rhode Island Nov 5, 2020

    RI Gov. Raimondo Announces Stay-at-Home Advisory, More COVID Restrictions

    Gov. Gina Raimondo on Thursday announced seven new temporary restrictions, including a stay-at-home advisory, in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Speaking at her weekly news conference, Raimondo said the new restrictions will begin Sunday and last for two weeks. A stay at home advisory will be put in place as part of the temporary restrictions,…

  • COVID-19 restrictions Nov 5, 2020

    New COVID Restrictions Announced in RI

    Gov. Gina Raimondo on Thursday announced a series of new COVID-19 restrictions beginning Sunday as well as a stay-at-home advisory.

  • Thanksgiving Oct 21, 2020

    Raimondo Urges Rhode Islanders to Celebrate Thanksgiving Locally

    Gov. Gina Raimondo on Wednesday urged Rhode Islanders to plan their Thanksgiving holidays ahead and to not travel in order to keep cases of the coronavirus down.

  • Rhode Island Oct 15, 2020

    RI Companies Ordered to Shut Down Break Rooms for Next 3 Months

    Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo on Thursday said office break rooms must be shut down for the next three months in a bid to slow an uptick in coronavirus cases across the state. Raimondo said casual socializing in break rooms were one of the sources of a recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the state, in addition to small indoor…

  • Rhode Island Oct 14, 2020

    Small Social Gatherings Blamed for Coronavirus Spike in RI

    Small social gatherings appear to be the cause for a coronavirus uptick in Rhode Island, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Wednesday. While showing the state’s data at her coronavirus briefing, the governor said contact tracing reveals cases from K-12 schools, congregate care and restaurants are flat or declining. However, it’s small social gatherings where people are sharing food and drinks...

  • Rhode Island Oct 7, 2020

    RI to Review Vaccine Safety and Distribution

    Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Wednesday the launch of a subcommittee to evaluate the safety of potential COVID-19 vaccines as well as their distribution to the residents of Rhode Island. “We’re not going to put a vaccine out to the people of Rhode Island until it is safe,” Raimondo said during her weekly coronavirus news conference. The subcommittee, which will...

  • coronavirus pandemic Sep 23, 2020

    Raimondo: RI's COVID Numbers Would Have Declined If Not for 2 College Outbreaks

    Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said Wednesday that coronavirus outbreaks at two colleges are responsible for the state’s rise in COVID-19 numbers. Providence College accounts for about 150 new cases, with around 40 more at the University of Rhode Island, she said. “Without those cases, our overall case numbers were stable, actually declining slightly last week,” Raimondo said at her…

  • Halloween Sep 17, 2020

    ‘Halloween Has to Go on' in RI, Gov. Raimondo Says

    Despite the coronavirus canceling many events, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Wednesday that Halloween celebrations in Rhode Island must go on. “Halloween has to go on, one way or another,” Raimondo said during her weekly news conference. The governor said that, although she and the Rhode Island Department of Health do not have a clear-cut plan yet, they must come up…

  • Rhode Island Aug 31, 2020

    Most RI Schools Get Green Light for Reopening in-Person

    Most Rhode Island school districts have been given the green light to reopen for in-person learning on Sept. 14 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Gina Raimondo made the announcement during a Monday afternoon news conference saying every school district except Providence and Central Falls have met the following five metrics: Statewide readiness Municipal readiness Testing capacity Supply readiness Operational readiness…

  • coronavirus Aug 31, 2020

    RI Governor Says Most Schools Ready for In-Person Learning

    For schools in Providence and Central Falls, in-person learning will be phased in with younger students starting first.

  • Rhode Island Aug 24, 2020

    RI Launches Education Operations Center Ahead of Schools Reopening

    Rhode Island officials have launched an Education Operations Center to provide “real-time support” to public schools ahead of their reopening in September. During her Monday news conference, Gov. Gina Raimondo said effective immediately, the operations center will be staffed 24/7 by members of the Rhode Island National Guard, Rhode Island Department of Public Health, Rhode Island Department of Education, Rhode…

  • Rhode Island Aug 19, 2020

    RI Will Be ‘At the Ready' When Schools Resume, Raimondo Says

    Gov. Gina Raimondo says state officials will be “at the ready” to help guide decisions for when Rhode Island schools have to deal with cases of the novel coronavirus this fall. During a Wednesday news conference, the governor said after schools reopen, a procedure will be in place for COVID-19 cases as well as action steps. The governor announced last…

  • Gov. Gina Raimondo Aug 19, 2020

    Gov. Raimondo Talks Reopening RI Schools; COVID-19 Compliance

    During her weekly news conference on Wednesday, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo discussed a variety of topics including reopening schools, COVID-19 compliance at state businesses and a new campaign to get people outdoors.

  • school reopening plan Aug 12, 2020

    RI Gov. Raimondo Delays First Day of School to Sept. 14

    Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Wednesday the start of school in Rhode Island will be delayed by a couple more weeks to give administrators and families more time to prepare amid the coronavirus pandemic. Raimondo made the announcement at an afternoon news conference saying school will now start Sept. 14. “It gives schools a little more time to be ready,” Raimondo…

  • coronavirus Aug 7, 2020

    RI Added to Mass. Travel Order Starting Friday

    Starting Friday, most travelers entering Massachusetts from Rhode Island will have to quarantine for two weeks unless they recently tested negative for COVID-19.

  • Rhode Island Aug 5, 2020

    RI Steps Up Enforcement on Out-of-State Travelers, Orders Bars to Close Earlier

    Rhode Island is stepping up enforcement of rules for out-of-state travelers and ordering bars to close earlier due to an increase in new cases of the coronavirus, according to Gov. Gina Raimondo. Eleven percent of new cases stem from out-of-state travel, she said at a Wednesday news conference. Beginning Sunday, anyone coming from one of the 33 states on Rhode…

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