Medical Center: First COVID 19 case diagnosed on Block Island

BIHS COVID-19 Update
Friday, April 3, 2020
Dear Block Island Community,
We regret to inform you that the first documented positive case of COVID-19 has been identified on Block Island.
The patient is an island resident in his 70’s who alerted the Medical Center to symptoms of shortness of breath and cough on April 1st. The patient was evaluated at the Medical Center and testing was performed. The patient was subsequently admitted to the ICU at a major mainland medical center and is currently in serious but stable condition. The Medical Center is actively tracing and testing contacts. Further details are not being released in order to protect the patient’s privacy.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread and threaten the health of our community. Our best defense is to continue to follow the guidance from the CDC, the RI Department of Health and reinforced by our local Town Emergency Declaration.
We urge all Block Islanders to rigorously adhere to the directives outlined below and in the Town of New Shoreham Emergency Ordinance. The Town of New Shoreham updated the Emergency Ordinanceto protect the public health, safety and welfare of the community from COVID-19.A shelter in

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