COVID – 19 Update, March 14, 2020


Mayor Charles A. Lombardi                                                               Director John A. Silva


COVID – 19 Update March 14, 2020

The Town of North Providence has provided this guidance document based on information from the Rhode Island Dept. of Health given the increasing number of cases of COVID‐19 that are being reported worldwide. Although the RIHD believes the risk of COVID‐19 is low in Rhode Island, the Town of North Providence takes the potential dangers posed by COVID‐19 seriously and encourages you to take the actions necessary to prevent the spread of this respiratory disease.

NOTE: For the most up to date information, staff are encouraged to regularly reference the US Centers for Disease    Control (CDC) and Prevention website at:

General Overview

March 13 ‐Rhode Island Snapshot

  • Number of Rhode Island COVID‐19 positive (including presumptive · positive) cases: 14
  • Number of people who had negative test results at RIDOH’s State Health · Laboratories: 142
  • Number of people for whom tests are pending 29
  • Approximate number of people who are currently instructed to self‐
  • quarantine in Rhode Island because they had direct contact with a person · with COVID‐19: 500


SARS‐CoV‐2 is the name of the virus that causes the respiratory disease named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID‐19”). Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people, as is the case with this new SARS‐CoV‐2 virus.

The Town of North Providence is working closely with the Rhode Island Health Department and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure we are receiving the latest information, and we are monitoring the coronavirus situation closely. At this time, our focus is on prevention education and symptom surveillance.

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Below are actions that can be taken to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol‐based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or your inner elbow, not your hands.
  • Keep 6‐foot distance from others.
  • Avoid contact with other people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Go home if you start to feel sick.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs, phones and countertops)

Please be considerate and self‐quarantine at home for 14 days if:

  • Had recent Travel to any areas where COVID‐19 is particularly prevalent
  • Had extensive recent travel or been within large crowds in areas were COVID‐19 is prevalent
  • ANY Cold/Flu symptoms
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Generally feeling of being unwell
  • Been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid‐19 or is currently in isolation/self‐quarantine for COVID‐19

Symptoms and Exposure

The symptoms of the coronavirus disease may appear anywhere from 2‐14 days after exposure and range from mild to severe. Below is a listing of symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you have reason to believe you have been exposed to influenza or coronavirus, call your healthcare provider before visiting a healthcare facility. If you or a close contact has recently traveled to China, Japan, South Korea, Italy or Iran, be sure to report this information during your call. Additionally, if you were on a cruise in the past 14 days, monitor your health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning to the United States.


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