Coronavirus: North Kingstown Launches Senior Hotline

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NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI — North Kingstown has set up a hotline for seniors who require meals, medication and pharmacy services during the coronavirus pandemic. Orders must be placed 48 hours in advanced with pre-ordered boxed lunches available.

Lunches will be delivered to residences Monday through Friday. Anyone needing services should call Caroline Tudino, Social Services Coordinator or Marie Marcotte, director, at 401-268-1579, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or email at mmarcotte@northkingstown.org.

Beechwood is currently closed to the public. Meals on Wheels delivery will continue subject to any future operational decisions by Meals on Wheels.

Gov. Gina Raimondo announced on Monday the state's fourth death from the new coronavirus and 114 additional cases, bringing the state's total to 408.

Monday's sudden spike in cases is likely not going to be the last, Raimondo said, as more cases are expected in the coming days. The only way to help keep that number down, she said, is for everyone to strictly follow the rules of social distancing. With limits on gatherings now limited to just five people, Rhode Islanders are asked to come up with a list of just four or five people whom they will come in contact with this week, and try not to exceed it.

The latest death was a patient in his 70s who was not a nursing home resident. The department is working to determine if he had any underlying conditions.

Scott Souza can be reached at scott.souza@patch.com and found on Twitter @Scott_Souza.

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This article originally appeared on the North Kingstown Patch

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