PROVIDENCE, RI — The Rhode Island Department of Public Health reported 310 new confirmed coronavirus cases Sunday, bringing the total to 7,439 in the ongoing pandemic. The state also said there were 11 new deaths. Rhode Island's death toll due to the coronavirus is now 226.
There are currently 258 coronavirus patients hospitalized in Rhode Island, including 78 in intensive care units and 53 on ventilators. The number of hospitalized patients dropped from Saturday, while the ICU and ventilator cases each increased by one.
The number of new cases was significantly lower than Saturday's 437 cases. However, the state tested more than 1,000 fewer people on Saturday than Friday, the Providence Journal reported.
"It's a good day in our fight against the coronavirus," Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said in her daily briefing Sunday. Much of the briefing focused on the mental health of residents as the state nears the end of its first full month under a stay-at-home order.
Rhode Island has added resources to meet the needs of residents, including requiring insurance companies to cover telemedicine appointments with a therapist, doctor or social worker. The state also has two 24/7 mental health hotlines: BH Link for adults at 414-link and Kids Link for children at 1-855-543-5465.
"As much as we have to be taking care of our neighbors and our family, don't forget to take care of yourself," Raimondo said. "This is going to be a marathon. Even when I say the stay-at-home order has lifted, it's not going to be back to normal."
There have been two positive cases at the state's veterans home in Bristol, according to Raimondo. One of the people who tested positive is a resident and the other is an employee, Raimondo said. The sick resident is no longer at the facility, and health officials are conducting contact tracing to determine who could have been in contact with the patient.
Residents who lived near the patient have been quarantined, and all residents and staff are being tested. A team from the Rhode Island National Guard will assist at the home.
Raimondo also emphasized that small businesses have to act quickly to receive relief from the federal government. Payments from the payroll protection program will start processing Monday, Raimondo said.
Small businesses should call their financial institutions immediately. Businesses that do not have an existing banking relationship should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"You got to move fast on this one," Raimondo said.
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