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Your Coronavirus Update – Today, May 24, 2020

Photo: Today’s New York Times front page prints the names of 1% of the 100,000 lost to coronavirus – “an incalculable loss”

NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL

Robocalls have dramatically decreased as call centers have closed around the world.

Spain begins outdoor dining.

In Germany indoor dining was allowed two weeks ago, new cases are beginning to be seen, directly related to certain restaurants.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has upheld California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ban on gatherings at houses of worship, denying an emergency motion that sought to resume in-person services

$34 million federal funds coming to Rhode Island to benefit over 75 nursing homes, announced by Sen. Jack Reed

447+ of 2,700 employees at a meat processing plant in Oklahoma test positive and have been sent home

Ohio State Fair canceled

Thailand is testing a vaccine

The NBA is talking about possibly restarting its season at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida in late July

An American Red Cross executive and Massachusetts native has died of COVID-19, family members tell NewsCenter 5. Donna Morrissey, 51, got her start in the communications field as an assignment editor at WCVB Channel 5.

Massachusetts places of worship begin to hold services this weekend

Elevators: Boston looking to make some rules about elevator transport: will take several trips to support the traffic that had been previously handled by a single trip. Where an elevator used to be loaded with 10-12 passengers, there may now only be 1-3 in a car at a time. Accordingly, if for no other reason than very long waiting times, buildings should severely limit the number of occupants and building density until such time that social distancing is no longer required

NASCAR races again tomorrow, with no audience

RHODE ISLAND & VICINITY

8 of our 34 East Greenwich Firefighters placed on quarantine and one tests positive for COVID-19. Our remaining limited staff will remain on duty 24/7

12% of 299 homeless people living at 5 Providence shelters tested positive for coronavirus last month. 80% had no symptoms. Researchers are studying this as it shows that symptom screening/temperature checks aren’t enough to detect the virus.

Visitors to state and town beaches will not be required to wear cloth face coverings if they can consistently stay at least six feet away from those in other groups. All beachgoers are asked to bring face coverings to the beach and wear them in any crowded areas, such as parking lots.

Bradley Hospital announced that it has canceled “Bravo Bradley” set for June

East Providence Memorial Day parade will be held on May 25, 10am, and be a vehicles-only procession. It will begin at the Crescent Park Looff Carousel and will stop at war memorials throughout the city for rifle volley salutes.

Narragansett Beach remains closed until June 6th, not able to “fully prepare by training all seasonal staff and prepare the facilities to provide a safe working environment for staff, public, and vendors, at this time.”

Wyatt Detention Facility has 46 detainees and 12 staff members testing positive for the coronavirus

South Shore Beach in Little Compton is open for Memorial Day weekend.

Gurney Hotel and Hotel Viking have reopened in Newport

RI Data: May 23, 2020

Deaths: 18

Enjoy Francois Bessing, a classically trained singer, who was featured in Stages of Freedom’s holiday concert and most recently in our tribute concert to Dr. King, Let Justice Roll. Francois Bessing of Stages of Freedom, sings “Stars” from Les Miz

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