COVID-19 Coronavirus

Vaccination Information

3 Vaccination Options and Vaccine Eligibility

  1. State-run vaccination sites
    • Register at vaccinateRI.org  (New appointments are regularly added on Tuesdays beginning at 9 AM and Fridays beginning at 5 PM) 
    • If you need assistance with registering online call 844-930-177
  2. Select retail pharmacies
    • CVS - To register go to CVS.com, use the CVS Pharmacy phone App or call 800-746-7287
    • Walgreens - Schedule on the Walgreens website or call your local Walgreens
    • Walmart - Nine Walmart locations in Rhode Island, see the Walmart website to schedule an appointment
    • Stop & Shop - All Rhode Island locations by next week, see Stop & Shop website to schedule an appointment
  3. Homebound
    • If you are unable to leave home to receive COVID-19 vaccination or are the healthcare provider or family caregiver of someone who is homebound, please inform RIDOH through the following form: http://bit.ly/homeboundvax   

If you need assistance with any of these registration processes or have additional questions, residents are welcome to call the Community Center's COVID informational line at 401-782-0611 or visit us in-person at the Community Center Mon - Fri 9 AM - 4 PM.

The Rhode Island Department of Health's Pre Registration System

  • Register at portal.ri.gov or by phone at 844-930-1779
  • When an appointment opens up, RIDOH will contact you about a slot roughly two weeks in advance. RIDOH will send out notifications about appointments each Wednesday, starting April 7th. Roughly 50% of the appointments at the mass vaccination sites will go to people who have pre-registered.

 

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Quarantine updates - as of March 26, 2021

If you are coming to Rhode Island from one of the states listed on the hot spot list with a positivity rate of COVID-19 greater than 5%, you are required to quarantine for 10 days while in Rhode Island. As an exception, you may provide proof of a negative test for COVID-19 that was taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Rhode Island. If you receive a test during your quarantine in Rhode Island and get a negative test result, you can stop quarantining. However, you still need to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days, wear a mask in public, and follow physical distancing guidelines. You also must quarantine while waiting for a negative test result

Related Updated Resources

  • Rhode Island quarantine requirements (graphic) Link
  • Rhode Island quarantine FAQ Link
  • Rhode Island COVID-19 quarantine calculator Link


Town Hall Business

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

TOWN HALL OPERATIONS

 

Effective Monday 11/02/2020, Narragansett Town Hall will temporarily go back to operating by appointment only 

Visitors with appointments will continue to be screened upon entry. We encourage the public to use the drop box at Town Hall, utilize phone calls and e-mails to communicate with staff, and use electronic means to make payments, etc. This may help keep us healthy, ease some staff and public anxiety and allow government to continue efficient operations.

 

There are several reasons supporting this decision:

 

  • The Town Hall has recently experienced cases and some staff are quarantined.
  • The Town continues to see a significant spike in COVID -19 cases over the last two (2) months. Many of those cases connected to URI and other colleges/university students/staff residing in Town. (79% of cases from 08/30/20 through 10/24/20)
  • We know the importance of proper disinfecting and cleaning and we continue to perform this task and hired a commercial disinfecting / cleaning company of Friday October 30, 2020.  

Narragansett Business Owners - Fire and Life Safety

As phase 1 of Rhode Island’s reopening begins and many businesses open to the public after 3 months of closure we want to offer some basic guidance for ensuring that all fire and life safety systems are inspected, functional, and ready for use. If you are planning to open to the public, provide outdoor services, or are just welcoming back staff please take a moment to review the following guidelines to ensure that everyone in your facility is safe and protected:

Small Business Resources

On April 1st, 2020 the Governor announced in a Press Release the State is launching a short-term bridge loan program for restaurants and small businesses.  In addition, the US Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering Coronavirus Relief Options.

PPE Equipment  Businesses - Narragansett Chamber of Commerce

We are happy to be able to directly supply PPE equipment to our member businesses.  To apply for yours now, please click on the form below.  Once you have completed the form, please print out and call the chamber at 401-783-7121 to schedule your pick up appointment at our offices.  It’s important you leave a message with your name and call back number if you are not immediately connected with our staff.

You will need to bring this completed form with you to verify your information before receiving your equipment.

PPE FORM FOR COMPANIES

SCORE RI Resources

Let SCORE Help You with the “Nuts and Bolts” of Reopening your Business In this second ReStart RI seminar, we will provide actionable advice to questions on the “nuts and bolts” of reopening your business.

Each Thursday at 1:00pm, they assemble an expert panel on relevant, practical topics that will help small businesses navigate the reopening.  Join them each week to learn how SCORE RI can help your small business during this dynamic and often confusing time.  This web-based interactive workshop will focus on the thorny issues small businesses are facing in getting restarted. Several experienced professionals will answer your questions live on issues such as:

  • Pre-opening communications and winning back customers
  • Ensuring the health & safety of both employees and customers
  • How to procure required cleaning and safety products
  • Understanding short-term revenue, cost, and cash flow implications

REGISTER FOR THE NEXT WEBINAR HERE

Rhode Island Superior Court COVID-19 Business Recovery Program

Below, you will find information regarding the Rhode Island Superior Court COVID-19 Business Recovery Program, which is designed to assist businesses disrupted by the COVID-19 crisis.

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

Crush COVID App

CRUSH COVID RI is a COVID-19 pandemic response app which provides Rhode Islanders easy access to all of the resources required during the public health crisis, including a location diary that helps users identify the people and places they are in contact with and a symptom checking survey.

COVID-19 Data Dashboard

RIDOH has published a COVID-19 Data Dashboard that provides up to date data and statistics regarding COVID-19 in Rhode Island. 

Governor’s Email Updates

Sign up to receive email updates from the Governor, and keep up to date on the latest news from Rhode Island’s coronavirus response. 

COVID-19 Self-Checker

RIDOH has developed a COVID-19 Self-Checker, which is an online tool for Rhode Islanders to use to help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care. .

Narragansett Executive Orders and Declarations

State of Rhode Island Executive Orders

For a full list of State Executive orders, please use the link below

Senior Congregate Meal Program - Boxed Lunch

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Narragansett Community Center and South Kingstown Senior Center and dining room are closed to the public.  The Title IIIC senior congregate meal program operated at the South Kingstown Senior Center has been adjusted to provide box lunches which are available for pick up or delivery to those without transportation.    Senior residents of either town, age 60 or older are eligible to receive a daily boxed lunch.  If you are not already registered with the South Kingstown Senior Center Congregate Meal Program, please call the Center at 401-789-0268 to register.  Both Narragansett and South Kingstown will be delivering to any senior resident wishing to participate and unable to pick up their meal (delivery starting in Narragansett as of March 23, 2020.)  For any other information Narragansett residents can contact Karen Flint at the Narragansett Community Center at 401-782-0675 or by email @ kflint@narragansettri.gov; South Kingstown senior residents can contact the Center at 401-789-0268.

RIDOH Press Releases

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) has issued a number of press releases regarding COVID-19 providing helpful information, resources, and updates - including directives from the Governor for all residents. Use the link below to access RIDOH’s most recent press release, and those issued in the last few weeks.  Press Releases

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 Narragansett 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.

CDC & RIDOH Online Resources

Rhode Island COVID-19 Sites

Centers for Disease Control Sites

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.

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

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

Cloth Face Coverings To be Worn in Public  

The Governor issued Executive Order 20-30 stating that effective Friday May 8th, 2020 anyone in public, both inside and outside, shall wear a cloth face covering that covers their nose and mouth. Additional detail about this directive, and exceptions, can be found in the Executive Order.

Rhode Island Commerce has provided information for retailers and businesses, and RIDOH has provided signage to post.

Dr. Alexander-Scott had indicated in a prior Press Conference that the primary goal of wearing a cloth face covering is to help reduce the release of respiratory droplets that may contain infectious materials into the air when someone speaks, coughs, or sneezes. The Doctor shared that cloth face coverings can be a home-sewn face mask, or an improvised covering such a scarf, and that these face coverings should be washed at least daily. The Doctor advised that cloth face coverings are different than medical masks, and that people should not be hoarding surgical masks or N95 masks which are in short supply. Instead, people are encouraged to wear cloth face coverings, with material that covers the nose and mouth, can be secured to the head with ties or straps, or simply wrapped around the lower face.

The CDC has also issued guidance regarding cloth face coverings, available below.
CDC Recommendations on Cloth Face Coverings
CDC Information on how to make and use Cloth Face Coverings 

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.

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.

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced it’s offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Rhode Island small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.  Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

If your business has questions regarding SBA loans and access to capital, please call our Small Business Hotline during business hours at (401) 521-HELP or e-mail info@commerceri.com anytime.

For questions on temporary disability insurance (TDI), unemployment insurance (UI), and other benefits, please review the COVID-19 Workplace Fact Sheet. Requests for assistance can also be made by emailing dlt.covid19@dlt.ri.gov or calling (401) 462-2020.

Grocery/Retail Stores and Reusable Bags

Please stop using reusable bags in all retail businesses in the Town of Narragansett.

The Town has been advised that the use of reusable bags brought into the store by customers may be contaminated with the COVID-19 Virus from outside sources. Definition of Reusable bags; those bags with handles that are specifically designed for multiple reuse and are primarily of cloth or other nonwoven textile or constructed of multiple layers of insulation.

Retail and Grocers must:

  • Allow no more than 20% of stated fire capacity in the store at a time, not including employees;
  • Require staff to count the number of customers entering and exiting the store and enforce limits;
  • Clearly mark 6’ spacing in lines and other high-traffic areas.  Stores should consider posting signage or using ropes to direct customers and to limit bottlenecks/encourage flow in high-density areas of stores;
  • Designate employees to monitor social distancing and assist customers;
  • Maximize space between customers and employees at checkout;
  • Designate employee(s) to ensure the cleaning guidelines set by the CDC are followed;
  • Discontinue self-serve foods and product sampling; and
  • Offer exclusive hours for those in high-risk populations, including seniors, where stores will restrict entrance to maintain 10% of fire capacity.

Larger grocery stores and retailers with more than 25,000 square feet are encouraged to offer pickup and/or delivery options.

Important Resources

Federal agency guidelines, social media resources, fraud and scam protection, facts vs. myths, and more can be found here.