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Portsmouth COVID-19 SITREP March 24, 2020 1530

Posted on March 24, 2020 at 4:01 PM by Richard Talipsky

COVID-19 UPDATE 3/24/2020


Phone: (401) 643-0379

In an Emergency dial 911


 SITUATION TO DATE (Numbers are cumulative):

·         World

(Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University)

o   Cases:                   414,277

Deaths:                18,557


·         USA

(Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University)

o   Cases:                   51,452

o   Deaths:                674


·         Rhode Island

(RI Department of Health)

o   Cases:                   124

o   Deaths:                0


·         Newport County

(RI Department of Health)

o   Cases:                   9

o   Deaths:                0


·         Staff

o   Cases:                   0

o   Deaths:                0

o   Quarantined:     1


·         People returning to communities in Rhode Island from out of state.  All citizens returning to their property from out of state are urged to follow strict adherence to WHO, CDC, and RI DOH COVID-19 guidelines.  Additionally, you are urged to self-quarantine upon arrival for 14 days.  Please protect your neighbors and do your part in preventing the spread of this virus.

·         Portsmouth Food Bank.  Portsmouth The Town of Portsmouth is establishing a community emergency food bank to serve the needs of those affected by the COVID-19 situation.  The Food Bank is being established at the St. Barnabas Church Parish Center (1697 East Main Rd, Portsmouth).  To establish the Food Bank, the Town is requesting that DONATIONS ONLY be accepted between 8 AM and 4 PM starting Wednesday March 25th through Monday March 30th.   A schedule for continuing donations after March 30th will be released soon.

o   NON-Perishable, Non-Expired Food Items can be dropped off at the Parish Center (Church Lower Parking Lot).

o   Food and food related items needed include: Cereal, Pancake mix syrup, mac & cheese, peanut butter & Jelly, powdered milk, baked beans, canned fruit, pasta sauce, canned pasta, canned veggies, canned tuna & chicken, crackers, minute rice packets, canned soups, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and Grocery Gift cards.

o   This is just a call for donations. A plan for distribution to those is need will soon be promulgated.  People in immediate need of food can call 401-293-5565 or go to

o   For more Information on the donation program contact Wendy Bulk at or 401-787-0281.

·         Child and Senior Care.  Governor Raimondo and the RI Department of Human Services have announced three initiatives to help frontline workers who may need childcare due to COVID-19:

o is providing three months of free, premium access to their site in support of Rhode Island Front Line workers looking for child or senior care.  Those in need should click here.   Additionally, Rhode Island residents interested in becoming caregivers can visit register.   This program is exclusively for residents of Rhode Island.

o   Several childcare facilities – the Boys & Girls Club, Greater Providence YMCA, Children's Workshop, Children's Friend and Learning Brook – will offer on-site childcare specifically for the children of essential hospital workers in the coming weeks. Eligible hospital staff will be notified by their employer.

o   The Governor also announced that DHS has promulgated emergency regulations for Rhode Island childcare providers that choose to remain open during this crisis even though the State is still advising, and not recommending, they close. To the extent possible, childcare facilities must operate under the following mandatory conditions:

§  Childcare must be carried out in stable groups of 10 or fewer;

§  Children shall not change from one group to another;

§  If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room. Groups shall not mix with one another.

·         There is still a nationwide call for Personal Protective Equipment.  If you are a researcher, supplier, manufacturer, business, organization, or individual in possession of needed items and willing to donate or sell them, please visit COVID 19 Medical Supply Donations.




·         All citizens are strongly urged to continue following the CDC’s guidance on handwashing and social distancing. You can read more about those guidelines by clicking here.

·         Grab and go breakfast and lunches will be available for all Portsmouth students in the main foyer of Portsmouth Middle School, Monday-Friday, between the hours of 9:00-10:30am.

·         HealthSource RI is offering a Special Enrollment Period available to Rhode Islanders losing health coverage due to a change in employment status.

o   Rhode Islanders who wish to obtain coverage can do so by visiting and enrolling online, or by contacting the HealthSource RI call center Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm at 1-855-840-4774.

·         The RI Office of Innovation has released a digital reference guide aimed to help those without home internet connection.

·         The RI Student Loan Authority has announced assistance with RISLA loan payments for clients who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

·         Older Rhode Islanders needing help with food or other resources are encouraged to call The Rhode Island Office of Healthy Aging (OHA) at (401) 462-4444 or 2-1-1 during normal business hours.

·         Portsmouth Senior Center has established a Meal Site at their address - 110 Bristol Ferry Rd. Meals need to be made with a 24-hour reservation.  Participants can call Cynthia (Director-Portsmouth Senior Center) at 401-683-4106.  If no answer call (401) 297-6102.

·         Small Businesses seeking relief information are encouraged to call (401) 521-HELP.  More information can be found as Rhode Island Commerce.

·         Portsmouth residents may call (401) 643-0379 seven days a week, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for general inquiries related to the current health situation or for accessing municipal services

·         Residents may also email requests or inquiries to

·         The town has established local information on the town website, its NOTIFY ME system, and social media as follows:

o   Town Website: – See the COVID-19 Alert at the top and the “Spotlight” section that will direct users to other town web pages with specific COVID-19 information.

o   Notify Me®:  Sign up for automatic e-mail updates.  On the town web home page click the “Notify Me®” button and choose your topic.

o   Facebook:  Log on to the town Emergency Management Facebook page (Portsmouth Emergency).

o   Twitter:  Log on to the Portsmouth Emergency Twitter feed - @PortsmouthEmerg and use Hashtag #COVID02871 for Portsmouth-specific tweets.

o   Phone: The Emergency Operations Center phone number is 401-643-0379.  A volunteer is ready to assist you.  If you cannot get through, use email.  We will get back to you.

o   Email:  Email and your message will be routed to the appropriate town staff person to help.

o   Town Webpages:




§  Portsmouth Emergency Management Blog

·         The United States Census is adapting or delaying some operations to protect the health and safety of their staff and the public.  Information can be found here: 2020 Census Operational

Adjustments Due to COVID-19.

·         The Portsmouth Dog Park will be closed until further notice starting 5:00 p.m. today, March 23, 2020.


·         RI EMA Cost Tracking

·         Continue to identify food needs of special needs population

o   Establish emergency food pantry and procedures

·         Continue daily tele-conferences with Governor’s Office / RI DOH / RI Municipal Leaders

·         Plan, develop, and test streaming and remote participation capability for Town Hall meetings.