Portsmouth-Specific Coronavirus Information
This is the Final Weekly Update
Please monitor the Town Website for current COVID related information in the future.
Situation to Date from
Town Administrator Richard Rainer
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- VACCINATION OF ALL 12 YO AND OLDER STUDENTS:Portsmouth will be holding the following clinics for ALL 12 YO and older school children and School Department personnel
- May 28 - 12 to 2 PM at Portsmouth High School (First or second dose Pfizer Vaccine). Appointment link is:
- May 28 – 5 to 7 PM at Portsmouth High School (First or second dose Pfizer Vaccine). Appointment link is:
- Jun 18 – 5 to 7 PM at Portsmouth High School (SECOND DOSE Pfizer):
- Link to be provided later.
Please contact your pediatrician if you have vaccine-related questions specific to your adolescent.
- RIDOH and RIDE will continue to share important information with you. You can find information at covid.ri.gov/kidsvaccinefaqs.
RI DOH will be running a couple of Facebook Live sessions:
- 5/13, Facebook Live session with a pediatrician for parents/guardians to ask questions about vaccination for adolescents age 12 to 15.
- 5/17, Facebook Live session with a pediatrician for parents/guardians to ask questions about vaccination for adolescents age 12 to 15.
RI DOH is aware that some people are ‘waiting until the vaccine comes to a neighborhood near them’ and has collaborated with municipalities and school systems specifically to meet that need and offer the vaccine in a familiar place close to home for everyone. We hope that everyone in the community takes advantage of these local opportunities. Older students as well as parents are guardians are also invited to these events.
- UPDATED TEST SITE HOURS: Rhode Island's State-run COVID-19 test sites will have new hours starting Friday, May 14. All general-public and K-12 test sites will be open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Testing will be available on Sundays at select sites throughout the State. A complete list of test site hours will be posted on covid.ri.gov/testing.
REMINDER: Capacity Limits at Public Meetings and Other Events have been updated -- generally 80% of capacity with a 3-foot distancing requirement. An overview is available at https://reopeningri.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/MAY-GUIDANCE.jpg and https://reopeningri.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Protect-Your-Household-Guidance.pdf. We expect additional/updated guidance, which will be at https://reopeningri.com/.
MASK WEARING: Relative to the CDC mask guidance updated on May 13, 2021, Gov. McKee and staff will take the CDC guidance under consideration and will decide on a possible change for next weekend. Until a decision is made, Rhode Islanders should continue to follow the guidance given by the RIDOH, which is:
- Fully vaccinated people no longer have to wear a mask outdoors when they are at least three feet apart from others. Fully vaccinated means you’ve gotten all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO) and more than 14 days have passed since the final dose.
- Someone is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after their final recommended dose. A crowded setting is defined as one where someone cannot consistently maintain three feet of distance.
- People still need to wear masks when indoors in public settings. Additionally, people should keep their groups consistent and avoid crowds whenever possible.
- CURRENT STATE GUIDANCE REGARDING COVID:
|Category||Beginning May 7:||Beginning May 28:|
|Mask Wearing||Required indoors & if less than 3ft spacing outdoors||Required indoors & if less than 3ft spacing outdoors|
|Indoor Dining||80% indoors, 100% outdoors, 3ft spacing||100% capacity, 3 ft spacing indoors|
|Bar Areas||For indoors: seated-only and Plexiglas required||Indoor standing service, no Plexiglas required|
|Catered Events||80% up to 200 indoors, 500 outdoors; recommended/ required testing (required for student catered events); outdoor only: standing bar service and cocktail hours||100% capacity w/no cap, indoor standing bar service and cocktail hours, open dance floors|
|Houses of Worship||80% capacity, 3ft spacing||100% capacity, 3ft spacing indoors|
|Retail||80% capacity, 3ft spacing||100% capacity, 3ft spacing indoors|
|Gyms, Sports & Rec||80% capacity, 3ft spacing||100% capacity, 3ft spacing indoors|
|Personal Services||80% capacity, 3ft spacing||100% capacity, 3ft spacing indoors|
|Venues of Assembly||80% up to 500 indoors, no cap outdoors, 3ft spacing,|
DBR/municipal approval for 2,500+ events
|100% with no cap, 3ft spacing indoors, DBR/ municipal approval for 2,500+ events|
|Funeral Homes||80% capacity, 3ft spacing||100% capacity, 3ft spacing indoors|
|Offices||80% capacity, 3ft spacing||100% capacity, 3ft spacing indoors|
|Social Gatherings||Up to 25 people indoors, 75 people outdoors||No limit|
|Youth Sports||Beginning April 26: Expanded Youth Sports attendance; high-risk indoor sports permitted to have competitions||Out-of-state teams can attend in-state tournaments|
- VACCINE INFORMATION:
- ELIGIBILITY: All Rhode Islanders age 12+ may register for vaccinations. More information about vaccinations, including information about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause, is available at https://covid.ri.gov/vaccination.
- FREE RIPTA RIDES TO VACCINATION SITES: Governor McKee has announced RIPTA will be providing free rides to vaccination sites. People who are interested can get more information by calling RIPTA customer service at 401-781-9400.
- HOW TO GET VACCINATED. The main ways people are able to get vaccinated are: State-run vaccination centers, designated local pharmacies, and other local and regional vaccination sites, like some hospitals and healthcare systems, community health centers, and other sites in the community.
- State Run Vaccination Sites. Eligible Rhode Islanders can register for an appointment at any of the State-run vaccination sites.
- 211 SUPPORT FOR VACCINATION REGISTRATION. People who live, work, or go to school in Rhode Island can now get additional support when scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. People can call 2-1-1 to talk to a live, trained person who can offer help in multiple languages when scheduling appointments or signing up for the COVID-19 Vaccine Interest Notification List on portal.ri.gov. This help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information about COVID-19 vaccination in Rhode Island, visit RIDOH’s COVID-19 Vaccine page.
- HOMEBOUND COVID VACCINATIONS STARTED. Private vendors have been contracted to provide COVID vaccinations to those who have completed the RI Health Sept Survey at http://bit.ly/homeboundvax. The three vendors (MedTech, Alert Ambulance and PACERI) have begun scheduling and performing homebound vaccinations. Residents who completed the online survey may receive calls from one of these three vendors (MedTech, Alert Ambulance, and PACERI) in order to schedule a date and time to receive their vaccination at the address they provided. We understand some individuals are skeptical of receiving unsolicited calls, especially those who are elderly and have been targeted by scammers in the past. If you completed the survey and are contacted by one of these vendors, it is a legitimate call and you should work with the vendor to schedule your appointment as soon as possible. Please do not contact the vendors directly. If you or someone you know is homebound, please be sure you have completed the survey at http://bit.ly/homeboundvax..
ORDERS, CLOSURES and SERVICES
- EXECUTIVE ORDERS. All RI Executive Orders can be found here.
- TOWN HALL. To ensure the safety of town employees due to the risk of COVID infection and in compliance with applicable Governor’s executive orders, Town Hall business is being conducted online or via phone. In person service is by appointment only, and only if pre-arranged with the appropriate department. Contact details for each Town Department can be found at the Town website by clicking here.
- PORTSMOUTH LIBRARY. Portsmouth Free Public Library has increased its service hours. Hours are now Monday & Tuesday from 9 AM to 8 PM, Wednesday through Friday 9 AM to 5 PM, and Saturday 9 AM to 1 PM. Masks are required and social distancing must be maintained. 7 public access computers are available for use by appointment or on a space available basis. Browsing is allowed but “Grab and Go” service is also available for those who prefer it. For further information, please call the Library at 683-9457.
- You can still download books and audio. Find out more here. Additionally, Portsmouth Free Public Library will fulfill requests for materials and have them ready for “Grab and Go” service right inside the entrance. Items may be requested via phone at 683-9457 x 2 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The items must show as AVAILABLE in the online catalog at www.portsmouthlibrary.org.
- Wi-Fi is available 24/7 in the library parking lot.
- PORTSMOUTH PLAYGROUNDS. Portsmouth Playgrounds are open. Portsmouth Department of Public Works will sanitize playground equipment on a regular basis. Signs will be posted reminding patrons to:
- Maintain proper social distancing of at least 6 feet.
- Use hand sanitizer prior to and immediately after using the equipment.
- Stay home if you feel sick.
- Avoid crowds and seek an alternate playground if a large group is present.
- Wear face masks as appropriate.
- MASK WEARING 101: HOW TO PROPERLY USE & RE-USE A MASK. For a mask to offer protection — rather than becoming a vehicle for COVID-19 germ-spreading — it must be handled, worn and stored properly. This step-by-step video on mask-wearing covers the how-to’s and the do’s and dont’s of mask use: Mask Wearing 101 .
- COVID-19 TREATMENT. Rhode Island now has a doctor-recommended treatment for COVID-19 that's fast, easy, and highly effective. If you test positive for COVID-19 and are 65 or older or have an underlying health condition, immediately call your healthcare provider and ask about treatment. The earlier you start treatment, the more effective it is.
- RIDOH QUARANTINE/ISOLATION LETTERS. Rhode Islanders who require a letter to verify their quarantine/isolation, or their test negative or positive results, may request a letter which may be sent by encrypted (secure) email within 72 hours upon verification by submitting this online form.
- PRE-K THROUGH 12TH GRADE COVID TEST SCHEDULING SERVICE. This student testing service is open seven days a week, from 7:30 am to 9:30 pm. Tests can be scheduled by calling (844) 857-1814. All tests are free and offered same day (except Sunday). Tests are available to any student or school staff member who is symptomatic or is a close contact of a positive case.
- SEROLOGY ANTIBODY TESTING FOR FIRST RESPONDERS. The RI Department of Health released additional information about the serology testing available for first responders. First responders (police, fire, and emergency medical services), Rhode Island National Guard members, RIDOH staff, correctional facility workers, and hospital and nursing home staff can schedule a test online. Testing is voluntary. Results will be made available to participants approximately four days after they are tested. Additional information is available at https://www.ri.gov/press/view/38841.
- RI COVID SELF-CHECKER. You can assess your COVID-19 Health Risks by visiting the RI COVID SELF CHECK site at https://covidselfcheck.ri.gov or download the CRUSH COVID RI App.
- COVID-19 TESTING FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC. RI Dept. of Health (RIDOH) is recommending anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches (myalgias), chills, runny nose or stuffy nose, sore throat, headache, or diarrhea) to be tested. Information for those with and without insurance, and ways to get tested, can be found at the RIDOH Website.
- TRANSPORTATION TO COVID-19 TEST SITES:
- MTM has procedures/policies in place to transport Medicaid and ETP (Elderly Transportation Program: individuals 60 years of age and older) individuals to COVID-19 testing sites. MTM will confirm individuals are eligible for transport and have no other transportation options prior to scheduling a trip. Eligible individuals can call: 1-855-330-9131 (TTY: 711) or visit their website by clicking here
- This service is only available if no other transportation options are available.
- TRANSPORTATION TO COVID-19 TEST SITES:
- SMALL BUSINESS LOANS: The RI Small Businesses Relief Grant Program, which provides $5,000 to RI small businesses affected financially by COVID-19, has begun to accept applications on a first-come, first-served basis through April 30. Additional information and online application materials are available at https://commerceri.com/ReliefGrant/.
- SECOND ROUND OF PPP LOANS. The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, has re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal to PPP-eligible lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for First and Second Draw applications. SBA/Treasury also released accompanying guidance documents; the full statement and these documents may be accessed here.
- BUSINESS RELATED COVID QUESTIONS AND COMPLAINTS. The RI Department of Business Regulation (DBR) has created a webpage for COVID-10 questions and complaints which can be found here. Additionally, the State has announced they will be increasing enforcement of current guidelines. DBR issue new enforcement policies and fine structures which will be posted at their website.
- EVENT PLANNING DURING COVID. Go to the re-opening RI web site and complete the appropriate event template for your event. For private events, have a copy of the completed template ready for State official review during the event. For public events, submit the completed form for review to “Business Development Director, 2200 East Main Road, Portsmouth RI 02871” or email the completed form to email@example.com at least 10 business days before your event. If you require deviations from the event template, use this form.
- COVID BUSINESS ENGAGEMENT TEAM (CBET). In partnership with Governor Gina Raimondo’s Office and the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, the Tech Collective has formed the COVID Business Engagement Team (CBET), a volunteer task force that is reaching out to local business owners to gather information and identify a primary COVID point of contact. The purpose is to:
- Identify each company’s primary COVID testing point of contact.
- Review important business centered COVID safety and health guidelines.
- Collect information on each company’s plans for testing and reopening.
- Review outbreak response plans.
- Determine if each company has classified their employees as low, medium, or high risk.
- Aggregate data on companies’ testing plans.
More information can be found here, or by calling (401) 521-7805.
- ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS AND ADVANCE PROGRAM. The U.S. Small Business Administration has reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19.
- The program offers long-term, low interest assistance for a small business or non-profit.
- These loans can provide economic support to help alleviate temporary loss of revenue.
- EIDL assistance can be used to cover payroll and inventory, pay debt or fund other expenses.
- Additionally, the EIDL Advance will provide up to $10,000 ($1,000 per employee) of emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties, and these emergency grants do not have to be repaid.
- Local small businesses with questions about EIDL or any other SBA program should email RhodeIsland_DO@sba.gov.
- BUSINESS MICROENTERPRISE STABILIZATION GRANT (MICROE) PROGRAM. The Town of Portsmouth began accepting applications for the MicroE program on a first-come, first-served basis on May 27, 2020. Under this program, eligible microenterprises adversely impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for working capital grants.
- More information is available at the Town website by clicking here.
- COVID-19 ECONOMIC RECOVERY. SBA is helping small businesses with their economic recovery from the effects of COVID-19.
- The Portsmouth Business Association Web Page http://www.portsmouthbiz.org/ will keep you updated on SBA events and other business help topics.
- 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.
- EMPLOYERS AFFECTED BY COVID-19. 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.
- SUPERIOR COURT INITIATIVES FOR BUSINESSES. The Rhode Island Superior Court will start a business protection program in response to disruptions caused by COVID-19. Under the Business Recovery Plan, the Court will supervise and provide protections for Rhode Island businesses so they can remain operational, access new working capital and pay debts. More information can be found by clicking here.
- EVICTIONS. If you are at risk of eviction due to non-payment of rent, assistance may be available from agencies such as Crossroads, United Way, and the various community action agencies. For help, you can call 211.
- Free legal help for low-income tenants is available from:
- Rhode Island Legal Services: 401-274-2652
- The Rhode Island Center for Justice: 401-491-1101
- Free legal help for low-income tenants is available from:
- WER1 RI RELIEF FUND. There is still money left in the “WeR1” RI Relief Fund. This is a program to provide cash assistance to undocumented immigrants who have experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The program can provide $400 through a pre-paid debit card. Only one member per household may receive this cash assistance.
- All monies in the fund are derived from donations. There are no State dollars in the program.
- Information regarding how to donate or apply for this benefit can be found here.
- HARDEST HIT FUND FOR COVID-19 MORTGAGE PAYMENT ASSISTANCE. The Hardest Hit Fund Rhode Island (HHFRI)is offering assistance to Rhode Island homeowners negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and struggling to make their mortgage payments. HHFRI is offering eligible homeowners a five-year, zero interest forgivable loan to pay up to six months of mortgage payments. The loan will be forgiven and the lien will be discharge if the homeowner continues to occupy the property as their primary residence and does not sell, transfer title or refinance. Eligible homeowners must:
- Own and occupy a one-to four family property or condominium in Rhode Island
- Be or have been unemployed or underemployed due to the pandemic
- Receive or have received unemployment benefits from the Department of Labor and Training or another provider beginning March 1, 2020 or after
- Have been current on their mortgage payment on March 1, 2020
- Have less than $20,000 in non-retirement, liquid assets. Non-retirement, liquid assets include bank accounts, stocks, bonds, investments and cash value of life insurance
- Have an original mortgage balance no greater than $820,500
- Meet household income limits
- ≤$97,646 for 1-2-person households
- ≤$112,293 for 3 or more-person households
- MENTAL HEALTH. COVID has been here for months now…and winter is looming. Mental health issues related to our lock down and pandemic are especially hard for people with depression and other mental health disorders. The relapse and overdose rate has increased by 30% since March 2020, as of the end of October 2020.
- NAMI, the national Alliance on Mental Health Illness has a 24-hour helpline: 1-800-950-6264.
- EMPHASIS ON MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES. If you are in a mental health or substance abuse crisis made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic and you need immediate assistance, please call 24/7 to get connected to care through BH Link:
- 401-414-LINK (5465)
- For under 18 call: 855-KID-LINK (855-543-5465) or click here.
- VIRTUAL CAREER CENTER: The State of Rhode Island and Google Cloud today announced they are working together on an initiative that will dramatically expand access to key career resources across the state. The Virtual Career Center will connect Rhode Islanders to career services on an innovative, data-driven, and easy to navigate online platform developed on Google Cloud and in partnership with the tech-for-social-impact nonprofit Research Improving People’s Lives (RIPL). Rhode Islanders will be able to access a Back to Work landing page and a preliminary chatbot named Skipper, to get answers to questions, navigate career resources and access job openings, training opportunities and additional support services. The Virtual Career Center and Career Matching Bot was launched in November, with additional services to become available in the coming months.
- BACK TO WORK RI. RI has announced an investment of $45 million for a workforce development partnership that will create job opportunities for Rhode Islanders displaced by COVID-19 and help break down traditional barriers to hiring. The initiative – Back to Work RI – will use CARES Act funding.
- Back to Work RI will offer several pathways for individuals to quickly get back to work while gaining the skills they need to succeed. Employers of all sizes will create immediate roles for Rhode Islanders, focusing on higher-paying, sustainable jobs in sectors such as healthcare, financial services and IT. Every participating employer will sign a pledge to open opportunities to Rhode Islanders through the public-private partnership of Back to Work RI.
- More information can be found at https://www.backtoworkri.com/
- CHILDREN IMMUNIZATIONS. There has been a significant drop in the number of children receiving required pediatric immunizations. All parents are encouraged to contact their health care providers to ensure your children’s shot records are up to date. There are programs available for those who do not have health care coverage. More information can be obtained from the RI Department of Health..
- HOUSING NOW CAMPAIGN. The State of R.I. Office of Housing and Community Development has emergency rapid re-housing vouchers that will guarantee rental income to landlords. Tenants pay 30 percent of their income toward rent to the landlord and the vouchers pay the difference of the total rent, directly to the landlord. The vouchers are available now to rapidly rehouse individuals and families who are living in congregate shelters. Information can be found here. There are specific financial benefits for landlords:
- Guaranteed rental income is not dependent on the tenants’ income fluctuating – an individual will pay 30% of their monthly income and the rest is guaranteed.
- A $2000 bonus for the first unit and a $500 bonus for each additional participating unit.
- Up to $2000 for move-in upgrades like minor renovations and repairs.
- First and last month’s rent.
- Housing Retention services, which means fewer vacancies and less turnover.
- Assistance in bringing units to code.
- Service providers who can assist with screening to ensure a good fit and help solve any potential issues.
This is a real opportunity for landlords to do the right thing and help their fellow Rhode Islanders, but also get some economic security during these unprecedented times. With that in mind, the Housing Now Campaign is challenging landlords to pledge at least 100 rental units by July 1. Units in the cities and areas close to public transportation are particularly desirable. They should be ready to rent immediately and be able to meet housing quality standards. If you are a landlord with one or more units to pledge, please call 211 and ask for the housing assistance line today.
- For households that qualify, United Way’s Safe Harbor Housing Program can help with up to six months of rent arrearages accumulated on or after March 1, 2020. Legal services may also be available for renters who do not otherwise have representation.
- Help is available for income-eligible tenants who are experiencing financial hardship because of the COVID-19 emergency and are at risk of eviction as a result. Landlords may initiate the application process on behalf of tenants who they believe to be eligible. In order to receive assistance, tenants must meet the following criteria:
- The household earns at or below 80% of Area Median Income, adjusted for family size; and
- The household is in arrears because of financial hardship due to the COVID-19 emergency.
- Go to Safe Harbor Housing Program https://www.uwri.org/2-1-1/safe-harbor-housing-program/. They may also be reached by dialing 211.
- SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP). Starting today (June 10th), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants will be able to select and pay for their groceries online using their EBT card at Amazon and participating Walmart stores. Households can purchase the same food online that they would normally purchase in the store at Walmart. Rhode Island Works cash recipients will also be able to use their benefits to make food or other purchases at Walmart.
- For Walmart, anyone in RI can purchase online. Go to https://www.walmart.com/grocery and enter your zip code to check if delivery is available to your address.
- SNAP benefits cannot be used to cover the cost of delivery at this time. Walmart delivery costs range from $7.95 - $9.95.
- To learn more about SNAP acceptance at Walmart, please visit here.
- To learn more and register for online grocery shopping on Amazon, click here.
- Amazon has free shipping on orders over $35. Additional information is here.
- WORKSHARE PROGRAM. State employees are being encouraged to participate in the voluntary WorkShare program. This program offers federal funding to help pay for employees who work fewer hours. The goal is for between 25% and 50% of the State administration workforce to participate in the program, which would amount to about 1,000 to 2,000 employees and save the state an estimated $5 million. The decision to reduce employees’ hours — which would translate into two fewer days per week for full-time employees — was spurred by the unprecedented deficit that’s emerged in the current and next fiscal years as revenue has slumped during the pandemic.
- VIRTUAL FAMILY ASSISTANCE CENTER. The American Red Cross extends their sympathy for the loss of loved ones to the coronavirus. Grieving is always difficult, and they recognize the COVID-19 pandemic creates additional challenges and needs. To help, they have established a Virtual Family Assistance Center which offers information and resources they hope will help you during this time.
- COVID SUPPORT FACTSHEET. The RI Department of Health has published a very informative factsheet for anyone needing support during this time. You can find it here.
- DAILY COVID-19 INFORMATION. The Governor has established a way for you to get daily COVID updates from her office. Click here to fill out the request to be added to the distribution list.
- NEWPORT COUNTY COVID-19 HOUSING ASSISTANCE GRANTS. Working in partnership with Newport Partnership for Families and Conexión Latina with funding from Rhode Island Housing and the Rhode Island Foundation, Church Community Housing Corporation is offering one-time financial assistance for individuals facing a short-term housing crisis. Grants up to $2,000 are available. If your application is approved, funds from this grant program will go directly to third parties such as your landlord or utility providers. Go to https://www.cchcnewport.org/covid19 or contact Aubrey Collins at Church Community Housing Corporation have any questions (401 846 5114 x111, or email: ACollins@cchcnewport.org.)
- STUDENT LOAN HELP AVAILABLE. Those with student loans can get assistance in loan extensions and other student loan help during COVID-19 by going to https://www.meetsummer.org/COVIDRelief/ or by contacting the RI Student Loan Assn (RISLA) at https://www.risla.com/.
- SAFE AT HOME. People who are surviving violence in their relationships or families may be experiencing increased isolation and danger caused by social distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Safe at Home was launched by the Rhode Island State Police in concert with leading community organizations to raise awareness of the threat of increased violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Safe at Home is focused on connecting with those who may be facing violence at home and providing all Rhode Islanders with resources to identify and help those at risk. https://risp.ri.gov/safety/preventingviolence/safeathome.php
- If you are in immediate danger, please call or text 911 (include your address in the text). For non-emergency assistance, please call (800-494-8100) or visit Rhode Island Victims of Crime Helpline. The Helpline is a free, 24/7, confidential resource for those impacted by crimes of violence. The Helpline is a collaboration between Day One, The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center.
- STATEWIDE CALL FOR MEDICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS. The State is issuing another call for available medical and health care professionals. If you are available to join Rhode Island’s response to COVID-19, please visit Rhode Island Responds and register to volunteer.
- SCAM WARNING. The Rhode Island State Police Financial Crimes Unit is warning residents to be extra vigilant of scammers trying to take of advantage of the coronavirus pandemic.
- The scams include people posing as government agencies and representatives to get personal information from consumers, and fraudulent online sales and offers of coronavirus equipment or treatments.
- There have been a large number of illegitimate unemployment insurance claims recently.
- Anyone who thinks they have been targeted by scammers should contact law enforcement at https://risp.ri.gov/.
- ARTS. RI has launched a new website, RIArts.org, to connect artists with available resources and provide Rhode Islanders with an up-to-date list of virtual performances happening in the state.
- RI DELIVERS. RI Delivers has been established to provide food delivery help for those living in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19. Their goal is to ensure that for this temporary quarantine period, you have what you need to safely remain home and monitor your symptoms. By doing so, you will help slow the spread of COVID-19. If you are under quarantine, you should not leave your home for any reason. Please click here for more information. If you have a question or need further guidance, call 2-1-1 or the Point at 401.462.4444.
- PORTSMOUTH SENIOR CENTER MEALS. 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.
- CONTINUATION OF MEDICAID. The State is halting terminations and income verifications related to RI Medicaid for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency.
- 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 www.HealthSourceRI.com and enrolling online, or by contacting the HealthSource RI call center Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm at 1-855-840-4774.
NEED MORE INFORMATION?
- Portsmouth residents may call 401-643-0350 for general inquiries related to the current health situation. Please leave a detailed message if no answer and someone will respond as soon as possible. Residents may also email requests or inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The town has established local information on the town website, its NOTIFY ME system, and social media as follows:
- Town Website: www.PortsmouthRI.com – 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 Manager's phone number is 401-643-0350. Leave a message and your call will be returned.
- Email: Email COVID@PortsmouthRI.com and your message will be routed to the appropriate town staff person to help.
- Town Webpages:
- https://www.portsmouthri.com/1594/Portsmouth-Specific-Coronavirus-Informat (and the Quick Links located on the right side of the page)
- Portsmouth Emergency Management Blog