Block Island Times

Message from the Block Island Medical Center regarding COVID-19

To the Block Island Community,
As many of you are aware, the first case of COVID-19, otherwise known as Coronavirus, has been identified in Rhode Island in a 44-year-old man, a traveler returning from Italy.
BIHS is following the guidelines and protocols of the RIDOH and we are collaborating closely with the Town of New Shoreham Emergency Task Force to ensure that our community is prepared should cases of COVID-19 become more prevalent in Rhode Island or affect our Block Island Community directly. We will keep you informed of any developments important for the health of our community.
At a news conference earlier today, Governor Raimondo and RI Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott reiterated that this development was anticipated, and together they called for a calm and common-sense response from all Rhode Islanders. Coronaviruses are most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, so its important to take the same measures that are recommended every year to prevent the spread of the flu and other viruses:
If you, your child or someone you know is mildly ill with sniffles or cold symptoms, the best course of action is to stay home. Do not go to school or work until your

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