Tuesday Coronavirus Briefing: Governor Raimondo / NBC10 Audio

Rhode Island has 18 new cases of coronavirus since Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 124. Governor Gina Raimondo made that announcement on Tuesday. The Governor also announced several initiative regarding child care during the coronavirus crisis. The website Care.com is creating new website for the people of RI. The site will include links to people who can provide free child care or elder care for 90 days. Additionally, Boys & Girls Club, Great Providence YMCA and several other child care centers are providing child care for healthcare workers. The Governor also announced that child care centers in the state may reopen under emergency regulations.

Regarding distance learning, the Governor says that by all accounts most communities are doing well executing their remote learning programs. Meanwhile as the number of unemployment claims has skyrocketed in the state, Raimondo asked residents not to call the Dept. of Labor and Training to check in on their claim, and said that all claims are being processed as quickly as possible.

RI Department of Health Director, Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott says that the state has put together a "robust" contact tracing team in order to aid in testing and tracking of COVID-19. On Monday Alexander-Scott outlined a goal of testing 700-800 people per day by next week.

Here is the audio of Tuesday's briefing, courtesy of WJAR, NBC10.

Coronavirus Briefing 3-24-20 NBC 10 Audio

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