Here is a summary of Governor Gina Raimondo's Saturday briefing, which included significant developments regarding coronavirus.
- There are 36 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday, bringing the state total to 239
- 29 cases are hospitalized
- Rhode Island's first two COVID-19 deaths have been recorded. Both patients, one in their 70's and one in their 80's had underlying health issues.
- The Governor has issued a "stay at home" order for Rhode Island, effective immediately, through April 13th. Residents may go to essential jobs, and to get groceries and medicine.
- All gatherings of 5 people or more are banned effective immediately
- All non-essential businesses are required to close, effective on Monday, 3/30.
- Governor Raimondo says approximately 50% of people are complying with social distancing and is imploring residents who are not complying to "knock it off."
- The goal of testing 1,000 persons per day should be accomplished by Thursday 4/2, as the state ramps up its testing systems.
- State parks and beaches remain open, but enforcement of social distancing will be ramped up.
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