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passed! The $2 Trillion stimulus package – in the wee hours – details to
come ($1,200 check, $500 to children; $600/week UI, for gig workers, too. $500B
for companies – with ban on stock buyback, etc…stay tuned for more info)
cases – 1,001 fatalities
– over 7,500
company surges into mask production.
switching from golf manufacturing to face shields
Stop & Shop Supermarkets will donate $1 million to 13 food banks in New England, New
York and New Jersey
More than 2,000 Israelis
diagnosed with coronavirus
New York City – some streets may now be shut down to cars, open to pedestrians
Pregnant women in New York looking for other birthing locations – at home, even other states – some talk about coming to Rhode Island on national news
2 more stock traders from NYSE test
Singapore says it will make its contact tracing tech freely available
Prince Charles has the coronavirus and is in his Scotland home – Camilla
has tested negative
Hawaii numbers are skyrocketing
Louisiana – virus spreading faster than anywhere in the world – Mari
Gras was probably source of transmission
Spain has surpassed China with over 700 dead
BJ’s will offer employees a $2-per-hour raise
Stop & Shop union employees will receive a 10 percent raise
On the Border – 2 free kid’s meals with every 1 adult meal order
Record breaking heat in US coming – will this make a difference in the virus?
Mortgages – Wells Fargo, Citi, JPMorgan,
and US Bank have agreed to 90 day grace period
on mortgage payments in California – building owners who have renters cannot
charge rent and take the deferment.
President’s Press Conference
Adding Iowa, Louisiana, Texas and Florida
to Disaster declarations
We should not rely on foreign
countries for survival – lose our independence – will be making changes.
Medical equipment exports from US a problem; but we buy theirs. Design
specifications prohibit our items – this will change. Allied countries are some of the biggest
abusers – similar to NATO not paying shares because US would not object.
UI was raised to $600 and hopefully
it will not be an incentive to leave jobs. We want to have enhanced because
states needed to get money out quickly. $600 across the board. Most Americans
want to keep their jobs.
Believes certain people –
politicians and media – would like to see this situation do badly for his
No need to test 350 million
Americans – some parts of the country are not as impacted as others.
$25 Million for Kennedy Center – Democrat
request – President supports it.
WHO comment that they have sided
with China, and they have had problems, but in this one regard they have been all
responsive to this? US stopped China travel even though others didn’t think it
Top Non-Profit Orgs – communicated with
them. They are all still working to support Americans every day – donate to
them if you can.
Governor’s call: inspired by leadership
governors are providing.
Tech assistance teams going to New
York and to California.
FEMA team in California
432,000 national tests completed.
Supplies – all-out effort based at
FEMA to find supplies anywhere in the world.
CDC – developing guidance to be
published tomorrow about how to best use our national parks. While still using
Dr. Birx – Every American has a role
to protect every other American.
Dr. Fauci – Reported on info from
WHO. China is starting to see imported cases. Careful on how we release
guidelines. Other countries can show us where we are on the curve. Seasonal
issue? Other countries – southern hemisphere showing cases reappearing in their
winter season. We need to be prepared for this. Vaccine development is
critical. Trials of drugs critical.
Ventilators – looking at adapting
and converting ventilators in use by outpatient surgical areas.
Anesthesiologists responded to national request to adapt their equipment.
Ventilators and people who know how to run them.
RHODE ISLAND & AREA
$1.2Billion coming to RI from
federal bill, announced by Sen. Jack Reed
Southcoast Health is now offering drive-through testing at an undisclosed
location. Only patients with a doctor’s order and frontline healthcare workers
are being tested right now.
“More than a handful” of Lifespan
staff have tested positive – none are hospitalized. Says we are beginning
to see curve flatten today. Hospital is not over capacity. Very few inpatients.
Plans are being drawn up if surge happens. Right now, a lot of capacity.
“More than a handful” of Care New
England staff have tested positive – at Kent Hospital – none are
hospitalized. Few patients at Kent, dozens of ventilators waiting. Volume is
flat. Staffing is good – well prepared. Plans are being drawn up if surge happens.
Have a lot of capacity right now.
Conway Tours closed permanently
Sturdy Memorial is doing testing in Attleboro with doctor’s order
MA data: 1,838 cases – 670 new ones 3/25 – 4 deaths (15 deaths now)
RI National Guard cancels 2020 Air Show
All MA schools, public and private, and day care facilities would be shut
down until Monday, May 4.
Governor’s Press Conference
Data: 8 new cases – 132 cases 3/25
$2Trillion stimulus package almost
signed. Sen. Jack Reed thanked for another $1.2 Billion to RI – “little bit of
stress is lifted”
UI should be extended to gig
workers, per this national bill – stay tuned – applications will go through RIDLT
New retailer guidelines – customers
have to be spaced out and limited numbers. Retailers need to clean more, and
more thoroughly and more often. Make it easier to shop online and pick up at
the curb. Bus. Reg. will be posting on
their website. Spot checks of big retailers done by local police and RI State Police.
Child Care arrangement with Care.com
– clarified fees. Fee for website is free. It is a matching service with
babysitters, elder care workers. Can also sign up there to be a caregiver – or
volunteer to be one. (Example: out of work PT, could be a caregiver for
elderly, set your own fee – or volunteer to do it for free)
Walk in services at the RI Dept. of
Health have been suspended.
Hospitals – asking hospitals to send
RIDOH plans for conserving equipment and scheduling of non-critical elective
procedures happening in RI
Respiratory Clinics have been set up in some urgent care centers/primary care centers, Kent Hospital
New Guidelines for Large Retailers:
As of 5PM today, all retailers and grocers must:
– Allow no more than 20% of stated fire capacity in the store at a time;
– Require staff to count the number of customers entering and exiting the store and enforce limits;
– Clearly mark 6′ spacing in lines and other high-traffic areas.
Stores should consider posting signage or using ropes to direct
customers and to limit bottlenecks/encourage flow in high-density areas
– Designate employees to monitor social distancing and assist customers;
– Maximize space between customers and employees at checkout;
– Designate employee(s) to ensure the cleaning guidelines set by the CDC are followed;
– Discontinue self-serve foods and product sampling; and
– Offer exclusive hours for those in high-risk populations, including
seniors, where stores will restrict entrance to maintain 10% of fire
Larger grocery stores and retailers with more than 25,000 square feet are encouraged to offer pickup and/or delivery options.
Dr. Alexander-Scott announced today that Rhode Island has eight additional cases of COVID-19. Five of these individuals are males, and three are females. They range in age from their 30s to their 60s. This brings Rhode Island’s case count to 132.
– Number of Rhode Island COVID-19 positive (including presumptive positive) cases: 132
– Number of people who had negative test results at RIDOH’s State Health Laboratories: 1,339
– Number of people for whom tests are pending at RIDOH’s State Health Laboratories: 181
– Number of people who are currently instructed to self-quarantine in Rhode Island: approximately 3,000
Distribution of Rhode Island COVID-19 patients by sex:
– Females: 66
– Males: 66
Distribution of Rhode Island COVID-19 patients by age:
– 0-19: 6
– 20-29: 22
– 30-39: 24
– 40-49: 24
– 50-59: 28
– 60-69: 15
– 70-79: 11
– 80-89: 0
– 90 and older: 2
Distribution of Rhode Island COVID-19 patients by city/town of residence:
– Barrington – fewer than 5
– Bristol – fewer than 5
– Burrillville – fewer than 5
– Central Falls – fewer than 5
– Charlestown – 0
– Coventry – fewer than 5
– Cranston – 11
– Cumberland – fewer than 5
– East Greenwich – 0
– East Providence – 8
– Exeter – 0
– Foster – fewer than 5
– Glocester – 0
– Hopkinton – 0
– Jamestown – fewer than 5
– Johnston – fewer than 5
– Lincoln – fewer than 5
– Little Compton – 0
– Middletown – 5
– Narragansett – fewer than 5
– New Shoreham – 0
– Newport – fewer than 5
– North Kingstown – fewer than 5
– North Providence – fewer than 5
– North Smithfield – fewer than 5
– Pawtucket – 5
– Portsmouth – fewer than 5
– Providence – 42
– Richmond – 0
– Scituate – fewer than 5
– Smithfield – fewer than 5
– South Kingstown – 7
– Tiverton – 0
– Warren – fewer than 5
– Warwick – 7
– West Greenwich – 0
– West Warwick – 0
– Westerly – fewer than 5
– Woonsocket – fewer than 5
Number of RI COVID-19 patients who are hospitalized: 3/25- 15
– City and town numbers between 1 and 4 are listed as “fewer than five” for patient privacy reasons.
– The number of COVID-19 patients in a city or town should not be used to draw any conclusions about relative risk in different cities and towns. All Rhode Islanders should continue to take all the COVID-19 precautions that have been shared by RIDOH.
A joy moment from one of our distance learning teachers:
Importance of washing hand. @fortes_elem pic.twitter.com/ZStV40ULBu— Cherylmcelroy (@Cherylmcelroy3) March 25, 2020
Importance of washing hand. @fortes_elem pic.twitter.com/ZStV40ULBu