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Last updated on Wednesday, Oct 28 2020, 09:12:53 AM

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  • If you are in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19, you can still vote. Contact your local board of canvassers about your options for Emergency Mail Ballot applications. In addition, early in-person voting is taking place from now until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2. For more information, go to:
  • Celebrate the holidays and other seasonal activities safely this year to help lower your chances of catching and spreading COVID-19. Halloween Fall Activities Holiday Season
  • Relief for Workers: If you need to stay home because of COVID-19, there are resources for you. Please do not go into work if you are sick. More
  • Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Schools and Other Buildings by Circulating Air: The virus that causes COVID-19 can spread from one person to another in tiny particles of water and virus called aerosols. We make these aerosols when we breathe, and we make more of them when we talk, yell, or sing. Aerosols are different than larger droplets that spread COVID-19. Larger droplets fall to the ground quickly, three to six feet from the person who makes them. Aerosols can stay floating in the air for hours and can travel long distances. Aerosols have less virus in them than the larger droplets, so you have to inhale more aerosols to get sick. Aerosols can build up if the air inside is not circulated the right way. more
  • Wear a face covering any time you’re near people who don’t live with you. Your mask should fit snugly but comfortably over your nose, mouth, and chin without any gaps. more

  • Contact tracing is an important part of slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Rhode Island. Learn how it works and what you need to do if you receive a call from a contact tracer, as well as ways to tell the difference between real contact tracing calls and scams. more
  • Reopening Rhode Island: Phase III guidelines More details are provided on
    • Travel: If you are coming to Rhode Island from one of the states listed here with a positivity rate of COVID-19 greater than 5%, you are required to quarantine for 14 days after arrival while in Rhode Island. As an exception, you may provide proof of a negative test for COVID-19 that was taken within 72 hours before arriving in Rhode Island. If you receive a test during your quarantine in Rhode Island and get a negative test result, you can stop quarantining. However, you still need to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after arrival, wear a mask any time you are near people who don't live with you, and follow physical distancing guidelines. You also must quarantine while waiting for a negative test result.
      Quarantining for 14 days is always preferred
      over relying on a negative test result as quarantining is the best way to limit the possibility of spreading COVID-19. Learn more about RI Travel Restrictions

    • Social Gatherings: The indoor and outdoor social gathering limit is now 15 people as social gatherings have been the source of many positive cases. This executive order is in place through October 28th. Other Phase 3 guidance remains unchanged. Phase III Guidelines
  • New Regulations: In order to prevent further spread of COVID-19 as individuals begin to leave their homes more frequently and establishments begin to reopen, protective measures must be followed and implemented for individuals and establishments to resume operations so that the public's health and welfare is protected. RIDOH Regulation
  • Executive Orders: The following executive orders are in effect:
    • Disaster Declaration: Recognizing the continued spread and threat of the COVID-19 virus, the declaration of a state of emergency for Rhode Island has been extended to November 2, 2020.
    • Stay At Home Advisory: All vulnerable populations identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which include those who are 65 years of age and older, are still strongly advised to stay at home unless they must go to work, travel for medical treatment or obtain other necessities such as groceries, gas or medication. The CDC identifies conditions that make people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. This Executive Order has been extended to October 28, 2020.
    • Quarantine: People must follow the States’ quarantine and isolation requirements. This executive order has been extended to November 2, 2020. 
    • Face Coverings and Physical Distancing: Any person who is in a place open to the public, whether indoors or outdoors, shall continue to cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face covering unless doing so would damage the person's health. No person under two years of age or any person whose health would be damaged thereby shall be required to wear a face covering. Face coverings are not required for people who can easily, continuously, and measurably maintain at least six (6) feet of distance from other people. Face coverings shall also not be required of those who are developmentally unable to comply, including young children who may not be able to effectively wear a mask. This Executive Order has been extended to November 2, 2020. Other face covering and physical distancing requirements are included in RIDOH’s emergency regulations.
    • Telemedicine: Health insurers must cover telemedicine for primary care, specialty care, and mental and behavioral health care conducted over the phone or by videoconference. Reimbursement rates for providers must be the same as reimbursement rates for in-office visits.  This Executive Order has been extended to November 2, 2020. 
  • Transparency Portal: The state launched a website dedicated to tracking coronavirus spending.