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Mar 26

Portsmouth COVID-19 SITREP March 26, 2020 1530

Posted on March 26, 2020 at 5:43 PM by Richard Talipsky

COVID-19 UPDATE 3/26/2020


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)

  • Cases:                   523,163

Deaths:                23,639


  • USA

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

  • Cases:                   80,021
  • Deaths:                1,136


  • Rhode Island

(RI Department of Health)

  • Cases:                   165
  • Deaths:                0


  • Newport County

(RI Department of Health)

  • Cases:                   10
  • Deaths:                0


  • Staff
    • Cases:                   0
    • Deaths:                0
    • Quarantined:     0
    • 72 Hour wait:     1


  • MANDATORY SELF-QUARANTINE.  The Governor signed Executive Order 20-12 “Tenth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers from New York State” mandating anyone traveling to Rhode Island from New York — by land or air — to self-quarantine for two weeks once they arrive. The order is effective immediately.
    • Any person coming to Rhode Island from New York State must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days.  this does not apply to public health, public safety, or healthcare workers.
    • Any person who has come to Rhode Island from New York State within the last 14 days must immediately self-quarantine for the remainder of the 14-day period since arrival in Rhode Island.
    • To help enforce the new mandate, the R.I. National Guard will take post at bus and train stations to collect information from New York travelers, and the R.I. State Police are expected to stop cars with New York license plates coming into the state on the highway to track travel plans.
    • E-Waste event cancelled.  The Electronics Waste Collection event schedules for April 11 at Portsmouth High School is cancelled.  Information on future Portsmouth Events can be found at the Town website or by clicking here.
    • Wellness Checks.  The Portsmouth EOC will commence a program for Wellness Checks of all households throughout town.  This program will be conducted online and via a mail campaign and is expected to commence on April 1st.  If you have question about this initiative, please feel free to call Ray Perry, CEM, our Town Emergency Manager, at (401) 477-2172 or e-mail him at
    • Guidelines for Retail and Grocers.  The guidelines have been released by the Department of Business Regulation.  They are instituted as of March 26, 2020 at 5:00 PM.  These guidelines are designed to ensure all businesses to comply with social distancing guidelines and to maintain a high level of sanitation and employee hygiene in line with CDC guidance.
      • For questions on these guidelines, please call the Department of Business Regulation at 401-889-5550 or submit your questions online on the Department of Business Regulation Website.
      • Help for small business.  The RI Commerce Corporation has established COVID-19 Resources for small businesses affected by COVID-19.  Information can be found at RI Commerce Help or by calling (401)521-HELP.
      • Family Services.  Family Service of RI is asking for help to provide items to help the low-income children, families and seniors it serves “be safe” from COVID-19.   Anyone interested in helping should click here or call Maggie Slane at 401-331-1350 ext. 3840 or email
      • 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.
        • A Protective Equipment Team was established under Portsmouth's lead, and is locating sources N-95 masks and other needed items for local emergency response and Health Workers.  Please contact us at or (401) 643-0379 if you can help us source these much needed supplies.




  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • People in immediate need of food can call 401-293-5565 or go to
    • 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.
      • 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:
        • 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.
        • Notify Me®:  Sign up for automatic e-mail updates.  On the town web home page click the “Notify Me®” button and choose your topic.
        • Facebook:  Log on to the town Emergency Management Facebook page (Portsmouth Emergency).
        • Twitter:  Log on to the Portsmouth Emergency Twitter feed - @PortsmouthEmerg and use Hashtag #COVID02871 for Portsmouth-specific tweets.
        • 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.
        • Email:  Email and your message will be routed to the appropriate town staff person to help.
        • Town Webpages:


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·         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 (ongoing)
  • Continue to identify food needs of special needs population
    • Establish emergency food pantry and procedures
  • Continue daily tele-conferences with Governor’s Office / RI DOH / RI Municipal Leaders
  • Test streaming and remote participation capability for Town Hall meetings.
  • A Public Hotline for local COVID-19 related support to Portsmouth Residents is expected to be operational on April 1st.
  • The Medical Pod is being readied for possible deployment.