Covid Spiking — Possible Lockdown Looms

You can tell this photo is not current because, as of yesterday, the line for the Covid testing center extended into nearby intersections creating traffic problems. (WPRI) So, if at all possible, avoid driving in the area of the R.I. Convention Center on West Exchange Street. And you need to have an appointment to get in line for the testing. Go here for Who Should Get Tested and how.

The autumn surge, predicted by experts months ago, is upon us. As of Wednesday, the R.I. positive rate had climbed to 4.9% with 988 new positive cases. The surge is happening across the country. (Go here for the state’s Covid-19 Information page.)

According to the ProJo, Governor Raimondo will be updating the Thanksgiving regulations at next Wednesday’s briefing.

“That’s where we’re headed — full, total lockdown — if we don’t start to get more serious and follow the rules,” Raimondo said. “I can’t see how we would not have a Thanksgiving lockdown,” she added later in the briefing.

This is about much more than one Thanksgiving, as sad as that may be. Providence College is returning to remote learning on Monday — several high school districts around the state have already done so. The virus is surging in nursing homes. Most small businesses will not survive a lockdown without another federal stimulus package . . . now! (NYT 11.13.20)

The Dose will keep posting upcoming events around town, but keep in mind that they could all be canceled. Readers should follow those particular events that interest them and check for updates at those websites and social media pages.

We are torn about listing events at all. We urge everyone to follow the Revised Phase III stay-at-home guidelines, if only out of enlightened self-interest. You may soon need a hospital for any number of reasons. Our doctors, nurses, and hospital support staffs are doing heroic work and shouldn’t have to risk their lives doing their jobs.

All they ask of us: Wear a mask . . . keep your distance . . . wash your hands . . . get a flu shot! It’s the least we can do.




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