Latest Rhode Island state government News

Ammonia leak at food plant sends 13 to the hospital

Apr. 2, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Thirteen people were taken to the hospital Thursday after an ammonia leak at a Rhode Island food-processing plant, officials said. A hazardous materials crew responded to the Taylor Farms facility in North Kingstown at about 9:30 a.m. None of the injuries is considered serious,...

Testing capacity increased; Easter Bunny deemed essential

Apr. 2, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Easter Bunny is essential. Gov. Gina Raimondo, in response to a question from a kindergartner who asked if the Easter Bunny was quarantined because of the coronavirus pandemic, reassured the child that rabbits cannot catch the disease. “The Easter Bunny is an essential...

Passers-by walk down a nearly empty street, Monday, March 30, 2020, in Providence, R.I. Many people are working from home and many business have closed indefinitely out of concern about the coronavirus. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Rhode Island counts 10 total virus deaths, nearly 600 cases

Apr. 1, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has nearly 600 cases of the coronavirus, up about 80 from Tuesday, state officials said Wednesday. Two more people have also died of COVID-19, raising the state’s count to 10 total deaths from the pandemic. And Gov. Gina Raimondo promised Wednesday that the state...

Well-used off-ramp will remain open amid bridge construction

Apr. 1, 2020 2:06 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island transportation officials have canceled plans to close a well-traveled highway exit as part of a major bridge project. The Gano Street off-ramp for Interstate 195 West in Providence will remain open during the Washington Bridge rehabilitation project, the state...

Gov: Rhode Island needs more doctors, nurses amid pandemic

Mar. 31, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

Rhode Island is looking to bolster its ranks of frontline responders to the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Gina Raimondo on Tuesday called on health care workers who are not working full time or are retired to contribute to the response effort. The Democrat said the state is in “desperate need” of...

Members of the Rhode Island National Guard, left, and right, greet disembarking train passengers, Monday, March 30, 2020, at Providence Station train station, in Providence, R.I., to provide them with information about the coronavirus and advise them to self-quarantine for 14 days if they are arriving from out of state. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Rhode Island extends remote learning to end of April

Mar. 30, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — School children in Rhode Island will continue distance learning through at least the end of April as the state grapples with the growing coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Monday. Although online attendance rates have been higher than anticipated since the state's...

A member of the Rhode Island National Guard Military Police directs a motorist with New York license plates at a checkpoint on I-95 near the border with Connecticut where New Yorkers must pull over and provide contact information and are told to self-quarantine for two weeks, Saturday, March 28, 2020, in Hope Valley, R.I. Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo on Saturday ordered anyone visiting the state to self-quarantine for 14 days and restricted residents to stay at home and nonessential retail businesses to close Monday until April 13 to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Expanded visitor order in RI; Connecticut gets federal help

Mar. 29, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

A look at developments related to the coronavirus around New England. CONNECTICUT President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for Connecticut, allowing federal help for state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in parts of the state affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The declaration, which was...

Rhode Island Air National Guard Tsgt. William Randall, left, and Westerly police officer Howard Mills approach a home while looking for New York license plates in driveways to inform them of self quarantine orders, Saturday, March 28, 2020, in Westerly, R.I. States are pulling back the welcome mat for travelers from the New York area, which is the epicenter of the country's coronavirus outbreak, and some say at least one state's measures are unconstitutional. Gov. Gina Raimondo ratcheted up the measures announcing she ordered the state National Guard to go door-to-door in coastal communities starting this weekend to find out whether any of the home's residents have recently arrived from New York and inform them of the quarantine order. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Rhode Island door knocks in search of fleeing New Yorkers

Mar. 28, 2020 9:24 PM EDT

WESTERLY, RI (AP) — The Rhode Island National Guard started going door to door on Saturday in coastal areas to inform any New Yorkers who may have come to the state that they must self-quarantine for 14 days while Gov. Gina Raimondo expanded the mandatory self-quarantine to anyone visiting the state....

A medical worker screens people arriving at a special COVID-19 testing site in Boston, Saturday, March 28, 2020. The drive-thru testing site is only open to qualified first responders who meet the state criteria for testing. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Massachusetts' cases jump by more than 1,000

Mar. 28, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A look at developments related to the new coronavirus around New England: MASSACHUSETTS The number of cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts jumped by more than 1,000 to a total of 4,257, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health said Saturday. The state also had nine more deaths...

State Department of Health says Rhode Island has its first 2 deaths from the coronoavirus

Mar. 28, 2020 12:53 PM EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State Department of Health says Rhode Island has its first 2 deaths from the coronoavirus.