COVID-19

coronavirus
This page has been prepared in order to provide members of the public with information and resources on COVID-19 (coronavirus) and to promote awareness, prevention, and preparedness in our community. Residents are strongly advised to stay up to date on the Federal, State, and local response to and guidance on the evolving COVID-19 situation.  This page will be updated as additional information becomes available.

RIDOH has put together a COVID-19 What Rhode Islanders Need to Know page on their website, which offers an updated summary of information and resources.  Please make sure you are getting information from official sources... as we strive to limit the spread of COVID-19, we also need to make sure we limit the spread of rumors and misinformation. 

Governor issues STAY AT HOME ORDER and other Significant Directives


The Governor has issued Executive Order 20-14 on Saturday March 28th, 2020 issuing several significant orders, including
*a stay at home order effective immediately,
*directives to RI residents who work in other states,
*limiting all gatherings to not more than 5,
*closing non-critical in person business effective Monday March 30th, 2020 (online, curbside pickup, and delivery still permitted), and
*requiring a 14 day self-quarantine for ALL travelers to Rhode Island
Please read Executive Order 20-14 for further detail, and watch Saturday's Press Conference. Additional Executive Orders and Press Releases from the Governor are linked below, in the next section.

State of Rhode Island Press Releases & Executive Orders


The Governor has issued several Executive Orders regarding COVID-19, and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and other State Agencies have issued a number of important press releases providing helpful information, resources, and updates - including directives from the Governor for all residents.  Use the links below to access recent Executive Orders, and Press Releases.  Please note, the first press release link provides access to Press Releases from all Rhode Island State Agencies, and the second provides a direct link to RIDOH press releases. 
State of Rhode Island Executive Orders
State of Rhode Island Press Releases
RIDOH Press Releases

Town of South Kingstown Press Releases


The Town's formal press releases regarding COVID-19 are linked below. Updates will also be shared on social media via the Town's official Facebook page. Because of the evolving nature of this ongoing community health situation, the Town may implement additional mitigation measures with short notice, and the information provided here is subject to change. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
March 27, 2020 Press Release - (Amended) Executive Order 2020-03 Seasonal Residents & Visitors Self Quarantine
March 26, 2020 Executive Order 2020-04 Prevent Crowding at Retail & Grocery Stores
March 25, 2020 Press Release - Executive Order Seasonal Residents & Visitors Self Quarantine
March 21, 2020 Press Release - Executive Order Beer & Wine with Takeout and Gathering Limit 10
March 20, 2020 Press Release - Update on Municipal Operations, Public Meetings, and Playground Closures
March 19, 2020 Press Release - Municipal Field Use Restricted
March 16, 2020 Press Release - Executive Order on 25 Gathering and Closings, Town Hall by Appt Only
March 16, 2020 Press Release - Town Council Preliminary Budget Adoption, Zoning Board of Review, and Probate Court
March 15, 2020 Press Release - Declaration of Emergency
March 15, 2020 Press Release - Public Meetings
March 13, 2020 Press Release - Closure of Libraries, Senior Services, Guild, Rec Center, Animal Shelter
March 12, 2020 Press Release - Programming Suspension

Letter to Seasonal Residents & Visitors to South Kingstown


The Town Manager has recently released a Letter to our Seasonal Residents & Visitors, which will also be distributed on Saturday March 28th by members of the South Kingstown Police Department to the homes of many seasonal residents in Town.

Travel Guidance


Travel restrictions have been put into place by both the Town and the State, as follows.
The Governor has issued Executive Order 20-14 including a STAY AT HOME order for anyone in Rhode Island, and directives for RI residents who work in other states. 
The Town Manager has issued an Executive Order 2020-03 (amended) discouraging travel to South Kingstown for non-residents and seasonal residents; ordering non-residents and seasonal residents to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to South Kingstown; and encouraging full time residents to restrict essential travel to essential purposes only.
The Governor has directed the following people to self-quarantine:
Executive Order 20-03: all people who have traveled anywhere internationally in the last 14 days (and going forward) must self-quarantine for 14 days.
Executive Order 20-10: all people who have returned to Rhode Island after domestic airplane travel in the last 14 days (and going forward) must self-quarantine for 14 days;
Executive Order 20-14 all people who have traveled to Rhode Island from another state must immediately self-quarantine.
Self-quarantine (based on RIDOH guidance) means stay home; do not go to work, school, or any public places; do not use public transportation; separate yourself from other people in your home, as much as possible stay in a different room than other people in your home; and use a separate bathroom if possible.  Please refer to RIDOH guidance  for further guidance on self-quarantining.
The Governor also gave a directive regarding overnight travel in the US, and that all people who have traveled anywhere overnight in the US in the last 14 days (and going forward) to monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19.  Please refer to RIDOH and CDC for further guidance on self-monitoring.  
The CDC has also provided guidance for travelers regarding COVID-19.
CDC Travel Guidance
CDC Travel FAQ

CDC & RIDOH Online Resources


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) websites offer a wealth of information and resources regarding COVID-19. The Town is working closely with RIDOH to monitor the ongoing situation and its impacts locally.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website
Visit the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) website

CDC & RIDOH Quick Links


RIDOH Self Quarantine Information (PDF)
CDC Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities (PDF)
CDC COVID-19 FAQ
What You Need to Know About COVID-19 CDC Fact Sheet (PDF)
Stop the Spread of Germs CDC Fact Sheet (PDF)
Share Facts (Not Fears) About COVID-19 CDC Fact Sheet (PDF)
CDC Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 if You Are Sick
What to Do if You Are Sick CDC Fact Sheet (PDF)
Handwashing CDC Poster (PDF)
CDC COVID-19 Situation Summary
CDC COVID-19 US Cases
RIDOH COVID-19 RI Cases
CDC COVID-19 Printable Resources, Flyers & Posters

Residents who need help with basic needs - We can help


During this period of social distancing, local support service agencies including the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale, Southern RI Volunteers and South Kingstown Senior Center are coordinating efforts to ensure that the basic needs are met for our residents. If you are over the age of sixty or have an underlying medical condition, the CDC has determined that you are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. You should stay home as much as possible. If you, or someone you know, is without local support of family or neighbors, and need assistance with getting food or prescription delivery, please call the South Kingstown Senior Center at (401) 789-0268 and provide the name, address, and phone number for the resident you are referring.

Local & State Resources


The Town is working closely with many local partners and resources at the State level, to monitor the ongoing situation and its impacts locally and throughout the state.  Please be sure to stay up to date on information from the South Kingstown School Department, South County Health, and the University of Rhode Island, and visit their websites for information and updates specific to the populations they serve as well.
Visit the South Kingstown School Department website
Visit the South County Health website
Visit the University of Rhode Island website

SKPD & SKEMS Preparedness


The South Kingstown Police Department and the South Kingstown Emergency Medical Services Department are following guidance from RIDOH and the CDC and have implemented procedures to support COVID-19 transmission prevention efforts.

Municipal Department Preparedness


Please be advised that the Libraries, the Recreation Center, the Neighborhood Guild, the Senior Center, and the Animal Shelter are closed to the public. Effective Monday March 16th, and until further notice, Town Hall and Municipal Departments that remain open are not permitting walk ins, and are available by appointment only.  Please call (401) 789-9331 to schedule an appointment. Click here to access the Town's Staff Directory.  The Town is encouraging residents in need of service from any of our municipal departments to call or email for assistance, and we are happy to help.  Often times we can assist you with your questions over the phone or via email without the need to schedule an in-person appointment.  In addition, there are also many resources available on the Town's website.  Members of the public are also welcome to use the Drop Box at Town Hall to submit employment application materials, tax and utility payments (no cash please), and any other items that do not require face to face interaction.  The Drop Box will be checked multiple times throughout the day.  The Town has implemented enhanced disinfecting efforts throughout our municipal buildings, and has closed some municipal buildings to the public. In those that remain open to the public, hand sanitizer is available for public use, and disinfecting wipes are available as well. The Town is strongly encouraging members of the public to practice social distancing, and if you are not feeling well, to please stay home, do not come to Town Hall or any municipal buildings. 
 

Symptoms


People of ANY AGE can contract COVID-19. The CDC has advised that reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and even death for confirmed COVID-19 cases, and that the symptoms commonly appear 2-14 days after exposure.  The CDC and RIDOH advise that common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. RIDOH has advised that people who think they have COVID-19 should call their healthcare provider, and should not go directly to a healthcare facility without first calling the healthcare facility (unless they are experiencing a medical emergency).  The CDC and RIDOH have advised that older people and people of any age with severe underlying health conditions or have a compromised immune system seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness. RIDOH reminds the public that there are many respiratory illnesses circulating in Rhode Island, such as the flu and the common cold, and that while members of the public should remain vigilant regarding COVID-19, having respiratory symptoms does not mean that you have COVID-19.
CDC Guidance on Symptoms

Personal Prevention


The CDC advises that everyone can help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19, and that everyday preventative actions can help. The CDC recommends social distancing; frequent handwashing with soap and warm water; coughing and sneezing into your elbow or a tissue; avoid touching mouth, nose, and eyes; disinfect commonly touched surfaces; and if you are sick, stay at home. RIDOH is encouraging social distancing such as when greeting people, avoiding handshakes and hugs, and avoiding close personal contact in public - stay at least 6 feet away from other people.  RIDOH is encouraging activities that promote a healthy immune system, such as getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, managing stress, drinking plenty of fluids, and eating nutritious foods.
CDC Prevention & Treatment

Community Prevention


The CDC has provided guidance on COVID-19 prevention efforts in the community, such as at home and at school, as well as providing guidance for businesses and employers, healthcare settings, and first responders.
CDC Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities (PDF)
CDC Community Prevention Guidance

RIDOH Hotline


People with general questions about COVID-19 can call the RIDOH hotline available to the public at (401) 222-8022 (people are being directed to call 211 after hours) or write to RIDOH.COVID19Questions@health.ri.gov.

Mental Health Resources


It is important to take care of our physical health, but at times like these it is also important to take care of our mental health.  Linked below are resources shared by the CDC and RIDOH with mental health supports and resources.
CDC Managing Anxiety & Stress
RIDOH Coping with Stress

RIDLT Resources


Rhode Islanders who have lost work as a result of COVID-19, the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (RIDLT). The RIDLT has created a COVID-19 specific Fact Sheet, available in both English and Spanish.