The Latest on COVID-19 (4/04/20).

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

 

Date: March 25, 2020

Governor, Dr. Alexander-Scott Announce New Guidelines for Large Retailers  

Eight additional cases of COVID-19 in Rhode Island
 

Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Dr. Alexander-Scott today announced new guidelines issued by the Department of Business Regulation for retailers and grocers as part of the state’s response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

As of 5PM tomorrow, 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 of stores;
  • 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 capacity.

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. 

Data 

Rhode Island COVID-19 data is available online.

Key messages for the public

  • If you have traveled anywhere internationally in the last 14 days, self-quarantine for 14 days. That means do not go to work or school and stay at home.
  • Avoid all crowded places, large events, and mass gatherings. This is social distancing. However, people should continue doing essential errands (such as going to the grocery store).
  • Through March 30th, there will be no on-site food consumption for restaurants, bars, coffee shops, or other food establishments in Rhode Island. (Establishments with a food license can continue to conduct pick-up, drive-thru and delivery only.)
  • Due to the closure of schools, free "Grab and Go" meals are available for children throughout Rhode Island. More information is available online.
  • Whenever possible, avoid close personal contact with people in public. When greeting people avoid handshakes and hugs. Additional guidance is available from CDC.
  • People without symptoms should not be tested for COVID-19. Testing individuals with no symptoms is not recommended by CDC.
  • People who think they have COVID-19 should call their healthcare provider. These people should not go directly to a healthcare facility without first calling a healthcare provider (unless they are experiencing a medical emergency). Healthcare providers have a dedicated number that they are then using to consult with RIDOH on potential COVID-19 cases.
  • Early data suggest that older adults are twice as likely to experience serious COVID-19 illness.
  • RIDOH is reiterating CDC’s guidance for people older than 60 years of age:
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • When greeting people avoid handshakes and hugs.
    • Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.
    • Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.
    • More information is available from CDC.
    • People with general, non-medical questions about COVID-19 can visit www.health.ri.gov/covid, write to RIDOH.COVID19Questions@health.ri.gov, or call 401-222-8022. This is the COVID-19 Hotline that RIDOH has available to the public. The Hotline will be staffed this weekend from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm both Saturday and Sunday. (After hours people are being directed to call 211.)
  • Everyone can help stop the spread of viruses in Rhode Island.
    • Get your flu shot, and make sure the people around you do the same.
    • Wash your hands often throughout the day. Use warm water and soap. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Viruses can spread by coughing or sneezing on other people or into your hands.
    • Stay home from work or school if you are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.