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Portsmouth COVID-19 SITREP March 25, 2010 1715

Posted on March 25, 2020 at 5:27 PM by Richard Talipsky

COVID-19 UPDATE 3/25/2020



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:                   460,250

Deaths:                20,807


·         USA

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

o   Cases:                   62,873

o   Deaths:                894


·         Rhode Island

(RI Department of Health)

o   Cases:                   132

o   Deaths:                0


·         Newport County

(RI Department of Health)

o   Cases:                   10

o   Deaths:                0


·         Staff

o   Cases:                   0

o   Deaths:                0

o   Quarantined:     0

o   72 Hour wait:     1


·         Portsmouth Playgrounds.  To reduce the threat of exposure and spread of COVID-19, all Portsmouth Playgrounds are closed until further notice.  Parks remain open to recreation that adheres to social distancing guidelines.

·         New RI Grocery and Retail Store Guidelines.  The Department of Business Regulation will be issuing new guidelines which will reduce the number of people who can be inside retail stores and grocery stores.  These establishments will be required to count the number of people inside, enforce limits, and clean more frequently.

o   More information will be posted on the Department of Business Regulation Website.

o   This guideline may result in lines outside grocery stores, but people should not take this to mean there are food shortages.

o   The Governor is asking consumers to shop online, with local companies, whenever possible. 

·         Employees and Employers affected by COVID-19.  Employees out of work or unable to work, or employers forced to limit or cease operations due to COVID-19 should review the RI Department of Labor and Training Website for relief options.  Quick facts are located here.

·         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 and self-quarantine upon arrival for 14 days.  Please protect your neighbors and do your part in preventing the spread of this virus. 

·         Real ID Deadline pushed back.  The October 1st, 2020 deadline requiring citizens have Real ID compliant driver's licenses and other identification cards in order to board an airplane has been pushed back.  No new deadline for compliance has been set.  The Federal Government will announce a new date soon.

·         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.




·         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   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.

· 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.

·         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.