Rhode Island has set a new record for the number of people tested for COVID-19 in one day. The RI Department of Health reported on Friday that 4,417 people were tested on Thursday, June 4th. Last month Governor Gina Raimondo set goals for the state to test 10,000 per day by the end of July and 15,000 to 20,000 per day in September.
At her daily briefing on Friday, the governor announced that she is extending several executive orders, including:
- Face cloth covering order extended through July 4th.
- State of Emergency extended through July 5th
- Health insurance must cover tele-medicine through July 5th
- COVID-19 quarantine order extended through July 5th. (Pertaining to people who have been diagnosed and then recovered, or those who have had contact with anyone who has tested positive.)
Governor Raimondo and Dr. Nicole Alexander Scott, the director of the Department of Health also took time at their daily press conference to remind anyone who plans to participate in Friday afternoon's Black Lives Matter protest rally to wear masks, maintain social distancing and avoid shouting when not wearing a mask, all in order to reduce the amount of virus spread.
COVID-19 Data for Friday 6/05
- New cases: 113. Total: 15,441
- New fatalities: 16 Total: 772
- Total tested prior day: 4,417