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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...

Medical staff members arrive for a duty shift at Dongsan Hospital in Daegu, South Korea, Friday, March 27, 2020. 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.(Lee Yong-hwan/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: UN says 86 staffers around world reported cases

Mar. 28, 2020 1:40 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — U.N. says 86 staffers around world have reported cases of...

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Rhode Island cracks down on visitors from New York

Mar. 27, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island National Guard will go door to door in coastal communities starting Saturday to ask people if they are visiting from New York and informing them of Rhode Island's mandatory 14-day quarantine for people from there, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Friday. The measure, while...

$300M in emergency loans OK'd; New York restrictions imposed

Mar. 26, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers on Thursday approved as much as $300 million in emergency borrowing to help the state pay its bills with the economy virtually shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Gina Raimondo told House and Senate leaders the extraordinary measure is needed because the...

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo gives and update on the coronavirus during a press conference in the State Room of the Rhode Island State House Sunday, March 22, 2020, in Providence, R.I. (Kris Craig/Providence Journal via AP, Pool)

Rhode Island to get $1.25 billion from virus stimulus plan

Mar. 25, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

Rhode Island is poised to receive about $1.25 billion in federal aid to help bolster state finances. U.S. Sen. Jack Reed also said Wednesday that the $2 trillion economic stimulus plan announced by congressional leaders will, if approved, include direct payments to families, expanded jobless benefits, aid for...

Block Island orders lockdown, jobless claims surge

Mar. 24, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

The tourist haven of Block Island became the state’s first community to order residents to shelter in place as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to climb. Local officials on Tuesday said they’re also strongly discouraging second homeowners and other visitors from traveling to the...

State flags to fly at half staff to honor former first lady

Mar. 24, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

Gov. Gina Raimondo on Tuesday directed state flags at all state agencies and buildings to be flown at half staff in honor of former Rhode Island first lady Virginia Coates Chafee. The flags will remain lowered until sunset Wednesday, the day of burial. Coates Chafee, the wife of one former Rhode Island governor...

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo gives and update on the coronavirus during a press conference in the State Room of the Rhode Island State House Sunday, March 22, 2020, in Providence, R.I. (Kris Craig/Providence Journal via AP, Pool)

Rhode Island pushes April presidential primary to June

Mar. 23, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is the latest state to move its presidential primary in response to the new coronavirus. Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Monday that the state will move its April 28 election to June 2. Rhode Island joins Connecticut, Maryland, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana and Ohio in...

Gov: Primary postponed; plane travelers must self-quarantine

Mar. 23, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

Rhode Island is the latest state to move its presidential primary in response to the new coronavirus. Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Monday the state will push the April 28 election to June 2. Rhode Island joins Connecticut, Maryland, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana and Ohio in postponing their April 28 primary. The...