With the flood of information coming out regarding the coronavirus pandemic and how the situation is being handled at the federal, state and local levels, it can be hard to keep it all straight.
Below, you’ll find the latest information from each city and town in Southern New England. Be sure to save this page and check back for updates as the crisis continues.
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- Acushnet Fire Chief says part of his job now is to make sure the community knows the virus is in Acushnet and the crisis is real and not just something on their televisions.
- Town website |Phone: (508) 998-0200
- At least one member of the Attleboro Fire Department had tested positive for COVID-19 as of April 3. Several others were tested but came up negative.
- City website | Phone: (508) 223-2222
- Masks are now mandatory in Barrington; violators may be issued fines up to $500.
- In March, a Barrington school staff member tested positive for coronavirus.
- Town website | Phone: (401) 247-1900
- The Bristol Fourth of July Parade Committee has decided to downsize this year’s parade rather than cancel it, and all related events will be rescheduled throughout the summer.
- RWU plans to postpone its commencement but a new date has not yet been set.
- Amid the COVID-19 crisis, Bristol has formed two police departments: one covering the northern part of town and the other covering the southern part. Both departments are currently operating under one dispatch center.
- Town website | Phone: (401) 253-7000
- A truck driver from Burrillville came down with COVID-19 after arriving home from two weeks on the road.
- Burrillville High School students are using a 3D printer to make protective masks for first responders.
- Town website | Phone: (401) 568-4300
- The Central Falls Office on Health launched the 7 Masks Campaign — challenging residents to help make face masks to prevent the spread of the virus.
- City website | Phone: (401) 727-7400
- Charlestown residents placed a single candlelight in their windows as a way to honor first responders and essential workers.
- Town website | Phone: (401) 364-1200
- BioSci Labs announced it’s transformed its facility to produce emergency hand sanitizer for local hospitals and nursing homes.
- Coventry High School seniors used their class funds to cater lunch for nurses, doctors.
- Town website | Phone: (401) 821-6400
- Mayor Fung’s wife tested positive for COVID-19.
- Cranston Public Library is closed until further notice but offering story time live on Facebook at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The videos can also be found on YouTube.
- The state has agreed to pay nearly $2 million to lease the former Citizens Bank building for at least six months to set up a field hospital.
- Cranston East seniors used prom money to donate food to an assisted living center.
- CCAP Family Health Services will open to the general public an appointment-only COVID-19 drive-thru testing site in the parking lot at 1090 Cranston St. starting on May 4.
- City website | Phone: (401) 461-1000
- A Cumberland funeral home is offering a safe way for families to mourn.
- Town website | Phone: (401) 728-2400
- Town officials reported the first two COVID-19-related deaths on April 10. They said both were considered “high-risk.”
- UMass Dartmouth has closed its campus for the rest of the semester and has postponed commencement.
- Town website | Phone: (508) 910-1813
- Town website | Phone: (508) 669-6431
- New England Institute of Technology rescheduled its spring term, which will now begin on March 4 and conclude on July 11.
- Town website | Phone: (401) 886-8665
- East Providence Mayor Bob DaSilva is calling upon qualified or retired healthcare workers to apply at Orchard View Manor, a nursing facility that has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
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- East Providence is awarding COVID-19 no payment, no interest small business loans, an is encouraging additional East Providence small businesses to apply.
- City website | Phone: (401) 435-7500
- An Exeter photographer is taking photos of local families on their front steps, all while following social distancing guidelines. The photos are free, so long as the family agrees to purchase a gift card from a local business to show their support.
- Wicked Tulips Flower Farm is now offering a “virtual tulip experience” for those who had hoped to visit the farm this spring.
- Town website | Phone: (401) 295-7500
- On March 24, Fairhaven announced its first positive coronavirus case.
- Town website | Phone: (508) 979-4023
- Fall River sewing company is providing RI with millions of medical gowns.
- Fall River Mayor Paul Coogan said his city’s COVID-19 case count remains low despite the statewide spike.
- Healthfirst Family Care Center will receive a nearly $825,000 grant through the federal CARES Act, Congressman Bill Keating announced.
- Two Fall River firefighters tested positive for the virus and at least 10 others were in quarantine and waiting to be tested.
- City website | Phone: (508) 324-2000
- Town website | Phone: (401) 392-9200
- Three workers at the Stop & Shop distribution center in Freetown tested positive for coronavirus.
- Town website | Phone: (508) 644-2201
- Town website | Phone: (401) 568-6206
- Town website | Phone: (401) 377-7777
- Town website | Phone: (401) 423-7200
- Spot On Nutrition offered “rainbows in a cup” free of charge to health care workers, and also recently delivered hundreds of drinks to dozens of very grateful nurses and other health care professionals.
- Town website | Phone: (401) 351-6618
- CVS Health opened a drive-through COVID-19 testing site outside Twin River. To get tested, you must schedule an appointment online, be over 18 and have symptoms.
- Twin River Casino itself remains closed.
- Town website | Phone: (401) 333-1100
- Town website | Phone: (401) 635-4400
- The school department’s meal service has been moved to Gaudet Middle School. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no cost to anyone 18 years of age and younger on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
- The Middletown Fire Department has suspended the issuance of new burn permits until further notice.
- Town website | Phone: (401) 849-5540
- Mobile COVID-19 testing site now available for New Bedford’s commercial fishing industry.
- New Bedford is distributing thousands of masks made by Joseph Abboud.
- The Memorial Day parade scheduled for Monday, May 25, has been canceled, but the Fishermen’s Memorial Service at 10 a.m. and and the City Memorial Service and Wreath-Laying Ceremony at noon will be streamed live on the city’s Facebook page.
- The city and Southcoast Health have leased two former nursing facilities for COVID-19 care and recovery.
- The New Bedford Whaling Museum is offering educational programs on its website.
- New Bedford launched two former nursing homes that will be designed to accommodate a potential surge in patients due to the spread of COVID-19.
- New Bedford fishermen are navigating waves of uncertainty in the age of coronavirus.
- City website | Phone: (508) 979-1400
- Town website | Phone: (401) 466-3200
- The Murray Judicial Complex remains closed.
- Three Newport firefighters tested positive for coronavirus.
- Some Newport Mansions are offering virtual tours.
- City website | Phone: (401) 845-5300
- A recently recovered North Attleboro man said to do your part to protect others from COVID-19.
- Town website | Phone: (508) 699-0100
- Taylor Farms New England, which makes salad and other fresh foods for grocery stores, has had about 100 cases of coronavirus associated with its Quonset plant.
- Town website | Phone: (401) 294-3331
- Nearly half of the residents at Golden Crest Nursing Centre were infected with COVID-19 as of April 2.
- Town website | Phone: (401) 232-0900
- NMC in North Smithfield is producing large amounts of social distancing floor signs for major companies across the United States.
- Town website | Phone: (401) 767-2200
- Oak Hill Center is now a COVID-19 specialty nursing home.
- Yard waste pickups remain paused but residents can drop theirs off at the Grotto Avenue Transfer Station on weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Curbside mattress pickups have also been suspended. Regular trash collection and recycling will continue as scheduled.
- A respiratory infections triage unit has been set up at the site of the former Memorial Hospital.
- Mayor Donald Grebien and Ocean State Job Lot distributed food to hundreds of residents outside McCoy Stadium.
- A Pawtucket firefighter with COVID-19 is in critical condition. Other members of the department have tested positive and been placed in quarantine.
- City website | Phone: (401) 728-0500
- A Portsmouth High School senior is proposing a drive-in graduation ceremony, rather than a virtual one.
- Town website | Phone: (401) 683-3255
- Providence will reopen some parks May 2 and will also be closing 13 miles of streets to traffic so people can spread out in their neighborhoods.
- There will be no General Assembly sessions or hearings the week of May 4-8.
- Mayor Jorge Elorza closed all parks, golf courses, fields, courts, green spaces and trails in the city.
- Swan Point Cemetery has closed to anyone using it for recreational purposes.
- Providence College has postponed its commencement until October. However, degrees will still be distributed in a virtual ceremony on May 17.
- Johnson & Wales rescheduled its commencement for Saturday, Aug. 22. The university hopes to resume lab classes in July.
- A teacher from the Providence Career and Technical Academy is 3D-printing face shields for health care workers.
- A RIC police officer tested positive for COVID-19.
- City website | Phone: (401) 421-7740
- Town website | Phone: (508) 252-6502
- Town website | Phone: (401) 539-9000
- The Scituate Senior Center has suspended all activities through March 31, this includes the meal-site program.
- Scituate native, Ken Vinacco to run 55 miles across Rhode Island to raise money for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and the MS Dream Center.
- All fields, playgrounds and courts are closed in Scituate until further notice.
- Town website | Phone: (401) 647-2822
- Seekonk announced their first positive coronavirus case on March 22.
- Town website | Phone: (508) 336-2900
- Honeywell is in the process of expanding its manufacturing operation to produce N95 face masks.
- Town website | Phone: (401) 233-1000
- Somerset announced their first positive coronavirus case on March 22.
- Somerset Police Department launched the Sidewalk Chalk Challenge, encouraging children to draw messages to first responders on their driveways and sidewalks using chalk.
- Somerset Police also started a “Law and Order…To Go” campaign, where the department ordered lunch or dinner from a different restaurant in Somerset to support them during the pandemic.
- Town website | Phone: (508) 646-2800
- The McGrath Judicial Complex remains closed.
- A South Kingstown man donated blood to NY scientists after fully recovering from COVID-19.
- Town website | Phone: (401) 789-9331
- Swansea launched an informational website in response to COVID-19.
- Town website | Phone: (508) 674-5730
- While the Tiverton Public Library is temporarily closed because of COVID-19, students can participate in the SYNC Audiobook program, a completely free service for students 13+.
- Town website | Phone: (401) 625-6700
- Town website | Phone: (401) 245-7340
- Warwick is laying off up to 50 municipal workers as the coronavirus pandemic causes a “significant decline” in revenues for the city budget.
- The Noel Judicial Complex is set to reopen for essential business only on Monday, April 13.
- The Wyndham Hotel in Warwick opened its doors to recovering COVID-19 patients.
- Westbay Community Action has curbside pickup for ready-to-go meals for Warwick’s at risk citizens.
- City website | Phone: (401) 738-2000
- Town website | Phone: (401) 392-3800
- West Warwick students are creating face shields for healthcare workers.
- Town website | Phone: (401) 822-9200
- The Westerly-Pawcatuck Memorial Day Parade scheduled for Monday, May 25, has been canceled.
- Three COVID-19 patients at Westerly Hospital received plasma infusions from people who have recovered from the virus.
- Town website | Phone: (401) 348-2500
- Face coverings are now mandatory in Westport stores and public buildings.
- Town website | Phone: (508) 636-1003
- Woonsocket Police Department left quarantine notices on out-of-state cars.
- City website |Phone: (401) 762-6400
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