The Latest on COVID-19 (9/9/20).


September 9, 2020

Town Hall Operations:

Town Hall is open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. 
Please wear your mask, follow the posters and markings on the floor to maintain social distance
and stay home if you do not feel well.  We will continue to provide all services online,
through email, by telephone or via the drop box in the rear stairwell. 
Staff are on duty Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM to answer your calls and emails.   

COVID-19 Testing Updates 

  • RIDOH has published more information on general guidance for testing children for COVID-19.  The guidance provides information about where and how to schedule a COVID-19 test for a child. The "Testing Children for COVID-19" web page also lists information for Rhode Island families that need to schedule asymptomatic testing to comply with travel requirements.
  • Asymptomatic Testing continues to be available for eligible Rhode Islanders that fall into one or more of the following categories:
    • You are a close contact worker (including first responders and people who work in salons, gyms, childcare, and as bus drivers)
    • You are between the age of 18-39 years old
    • You are traveling to a state that requires a test
    • You are returning from a state on Rhode Island's quarantine list 
    • You recently attended a large protest or demonstration
    • Please visit portal.ri.gov to schedule a test.
  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms,you may schedule a test through the following: 
    • Call your primary care provider to schedule a test
    • Call a community health clinic or respiratory clinic. You may find a list of clinics near you HERE.


July 15, 2020

The grace period for payment of first quarter property taxes has been extended.  Motor vehicle tax bills will not be mailed until after the state's budget is finalized.  Motor vehicle tax payments will not be due until after the bills are mailed.  More information is available here.  

July 14, 2020

RI Department of Health has updated their data page, which can be found here: https://ri-department-of-health-covid-19-data-rihealth.hub.arcgis.com/

Below is a summary of some of the Warren-specific data:

 As of July 3 -

Total cases:  69                                                                          

Rate of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population: 658

Total hospitalizations:  5             

Rate of hospitalizations per 100,000 population: 48

Total deaths:  7

Rate of deaths per 100,000 population:  67

Total number of people tested: 1,284 (12% of population)

Total number of positive tests: 69 (5% of those tested)


June 29, 2020

Phase 3 of reopening is scheduled to begin tomorrow.  Find all of the details on reopeningri.com

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June 24, 2020

There is new information available about the CDBG Micro-Enterprise Grant program. 

More small businesses may be eligible, even if they were not previously eligible. 

>Read more here.<


May 6, 2020

A drive-through COVID-19 testing site is now located at the East Bay Community Action Program in East Providence.  

More information on how to schedule a test can be found here.

May 5, 2020

The Governor has released more details regarding the reopening of RI's economy along with some State parks.  More information can be found on the state's dedicated webpage, which will be updated as new information becomes available.  Access it here:

ReopeningRI.com

More information can also be found on
the Town of  Warren's Small Business Help Page.

Today, the Governor signed a new Executive Order regarding face coverings.  This order goes into effect on Friday, May 8.

The full text of the Governor's Order can be found here.


April 15, 2020

The Rhode Island Department of Health has launched a new online data page.  The page will be updated regularly and can be found here.

You can read the Town Manager's message to the community here.


APRIL 14, 2020

  • Face coverings: The Governor signed an executive order clarifying the state’s directives around cloth face coverings. Beginning Saturday: 
    • All employees of customer-facing businesses, office-based businesses, manufacturers and nonprofits, must wear cloth face coverings when they are at work.
    • Business must provide face coverings for their employees. Face coverings can include scarves, bandanas, and other homemade and non-factory-made masks.
    • Additionally, all customer-facing businesses must take steps to remind customers to wear face coverings. That means they should be putting up signs at the door reminding customers to wear a face covering inside.
    • The only exceptions from these rules are for anyone whose health would be in jeopardy because of wearing a face covering or any children under 2 years old.

You can read the Governor's most recent Executive Order here requiring cloth face coverings for certain employees starting on Saturday, April 18..

Guidance on Cloth Face Coverings at Work

APRIL 4, 2020

Testing

  • With Rhode Island's COVID-19 testing capacity now expanded, all Rhode Islanders who have symptoms of COVID-19 are encouraged to call a healthcare provider to get scheduled for a test. It is critical that people who are experiencing symptoms also self-isolate and have as little contact with others as possible. The related press release can be found here.
  • Please note that even with expanded testing, the process for obtaining a test is the same. If you are experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches [myalgias], chills, runny nose or stuffy nose, sore throat, headache, or diarrhea), please call your healthcare provider to discuss testing. If you do not have a healthcare provider, please call an urgent care center. A healthcare provider will arrange a test appointment for you. You can only receive a test if a healthcare provider has ordered it for you.
  • Please note that it may take between three and five days to receive your test results.

Face coverings

  • Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH announced today that, going forward, Rhode Islanders are encouraged to wear cloth face coverings in public. These are different from N95 masks. People in the general public should not be purchasing or hoarding medical grade masks, such as N95s. The related press release can be found here.
  • A cloth face cover is a material that covers the nose and mouth. They can be hand-sewn or otherwise improvised from household items such as scarves or t-shirts. The goal is to cover the mouth and nose.
  • The primary role of a cloth face-covering is to reduce the release of infectious particles into the air when someone speaks, coughs, or sneezes.
  • These face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing, handwashing, and staying home when ill.
  • Please wash these face coverings regularly.
MARCH 28, 2020

The Governor has issued a Stay at Home order.  

Read the Executive Order here.

MARCH 23, 2020.


An amended Declaration of a State of Emergency has been declared by the Town Council President, Keri M. Cronin. 

Read more about it here.

Town Hall is open by appointment only. The Warren branch of the DMV is closed until further notice.

Notice from RI Board of Elections:
The Presidential Preference Primary election is Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Mail Ballot applications are available on Board of Elections website (link below). We encourage you to download the application and mail the completed application to:
Town Clerk's Office
514 Main Street
Warren, RI 02885
Request a Mail Ballot
 


MARCH 25, 2020

From the US Department of Justice

If you think you are a victim of a scam or attempted fraud involving COVID-19, you can report it without leaving your home though a number of platforms. Go to:


MARCH 16, 2020


Beginning March 17, "grab and go" meals will be available from 8:00 AM* to 11:00 AM for all children under the age of 18 at:

*Please note that the start time has changed.

Kickemuit Middle School / 525 Child Street
Hope & Main / 691 Main Street

Full information here.  

 

Governor's Executive Order 3-16-2020

MARCH 14, 2020

The Governor has issued an Executive Order requiring any person who has traveled outside of the 50 states and the District of Columbia within the last 14 days to immediately self-quarantine for 14 days beginning with their date of arrival.  Below is a link to the complete document.

Governor's Executive Order 3/13/20


We would like to remind everyone that wipes of any kind should not be flushed down the toilet.  Even "flushable" wipes can cause serious blockages in sewer lines and septic systems.  Read more here.

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MARCH 16,  2020 

In these rapidly changing times, all are urged to consult the CDC and RI Department of Health websites for the most up to date information regarding COVID-19.

Below is a link to a list of local contact phone numbers:

Department Telephone Contact Information

Email contacts are available here.

Many Town services do not require a visit to Town Hall, and can be completed by telephone, email, website or through the use of dropboxes.  Starting on Monday, March 16, there will be a dropbox at the rear entrance of Town Hall for documents.  There is also a dropbox located within the lobby of Government Center (the Police Department) for tax payments.  Municipal Court payments can now be made online.  Visit the Municipal Court page here.  Below is a list of remote resources available for functions of the Town Clerk's office:

Town Clerk Remote Services

Now is a great time to make sure that you are signed up for Code Red, which will ensure that you receive any urgent information quickly and directly.  Below is a flyer containing easy to follow registration instructions:

Code Red Registration Instructions

Code Red Link to Registration 

All of the staff here in Town are working together as a team to maintain essential services and to keep ourselves and our families safe.  Our EMA Director, Fire Chief James Sousa, is constantly updating us on the latest information and protocols and he is in constant contact with his counterparts around the state.  To minimize risk, I have asked Boards and Commissions to temporarily postpone any non-essential meetings. We will be reevaluating the situation on a daily basis.

If you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call or email me.  

Kate Michaud
Town Manager
kmichaud@townofwarren-ri.gov
401-245-7554

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Warren, RI – March 16, 2020 –  The Senior Center is closed for all activities and events.  Meal service will continue, and seniors  should contact Director Betty Hoague by telephone at 401-247-1930 or by email at bhoague@townofwarren-ri.gov  to arrange for delivery or pickup.

Senior bus service has also been discontinued.  Any seniors in need of groceries, prescriptions or other critical goods should contact Ms. Hoague or the Town Clerk's office for assistance. 

Members of the Warren community should pay close attention to information and recommendations from the CDC and the RI Department of Health.

 The RI Department of Health has established a comprehensive website, which can be found at https://health.ri.gov/diseases/ncov2019/ .  

 The CDC’s dedicated website can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

March 19, 2020

Eviction Processing Suspended During Crisis, Rhode Islanders Encouraged to Report Price Gouging

Eleven additional cases of COVID-19 in Rhode Island

 Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH today made several important announcements about the state’s response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

 Evictions: State courts will not process any residential or commercial evictions for the next thirty days. Payment and filing deadlines have also been extended past April 17. Public housing residents with questions can contact Rhode Island Legal Services at 274.2652 x123. Tenants in private rental housing can call the Rhode Island Center for Justice at 401-491-1101.

  • Price Gouging: Rhode Islanders who suspect price gouging or COVID-19 scams should contact the Attorney General’s Office. Price gouging is illegal in Rhode Island. Businesses are prohibited from increasing the price of any essential commodity to an "unconscionably high price" immediately before or during a declared state of emergency.  Rhode Islanders who notice price gouging or scams should contact the Attorney General’s consumer protection team at (401) 274-4400 or fill out an online complaint.
  • Donations of Supplies: Over the last several days, organizations have contacted the State about laboratory supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) that they would like to donate. Rhode Island has set up an online form to get information about these donations. People who have already contacted the State about donations are still encouraged to use this form: bit.ly/covid19