Thursday, February 25, 2021        

COVID-19 Business Support Information

  • Grant Program for Rhode Island on Pause (FAQ) – Documentation to Apply

  • Small Business Development Fund Now Taking Applications

    Enhanced Capital Rhode Island (ECRI) has opened applications for its $20 million small business loan program which is part of the Rhode Island Small Business Development Fund Program. The program’s primary focus is to provide financial assistance to businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Loans to eligible Rhode Island-based small businesses will be offered in the following two categories: 

    • Micro Loans of $10,000 to $50,000 per company
    • Larger Term Loans of up to $1 million per company

    At least $15 million of loans will be provided to “COVID Impacted Businesses” defined as Rhode Island based businesses with a 33% revenue loss for the period January 2020 through May 2020 versus the same period for the prior year, or such other impacted businesses as may be approved on a case by case basis.  Information and Application

  • Business Adaptation Grant Awards

    Enhanced Capital Rhode Island (ECRI) has opened applications for its $20M small business loan program which is part of the Rhode Island Small Business Development Fund Program. The program’s primary focus is to provide financial assistance to businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • Remote Work

    Social Enterprise Greenhouse and District Hall Providence have been selected as intermediary organizations for the Remote Work Grant Program. Through these two intermediaries, Commerce RI will purchase and distribute technology needed for businesses and nonprofits to bring their employees to effective, at-home remote work.

    In-kind technology grants are available for businesses and nonprofits with between two and 100 employees. Businesses can apply to receive hardware or software needed to bring their employees to remote work at CommerceRI.

  • Town of Smithfield Business Microenterprise Stabilization Grant (MicroE) Program

    The Town of Smithfield, with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds provided by the R. I. Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is offering working capital grants to qualifying small business microenterprises adversely impacted by COVID-19. Information and Application

Smithfield COVID-19 Vaccination and Response Update – February 19, 2021

 


February 19, 2021
 
Dear Residents, Businesses, and Community Partners:
 
I hope you and your family are doing well and staying safe. 
 
Rhode Island is reporting another decrease in its COVID-19 positivity rate – now at 2.2%. I want to thank our residents and businesses for continuing to follow health guidance and taking the necessary precautions.
 
COVID-19 Vaccine – Update
 
There are currently three (3) ways for those age 75+ to get vaccinated in Rhode Island:
 
  1. Local Site: The Town of Smithfield will be vaccinating from oldest resident (104) backwards to age 75 based on our vaccination waitlist beginning this Saturday, February 20th and those residents will be directly contacted to be scheduled. These clinics will be continuing every week until we get every interested Smithfield resident age 75+ vaccinated.
  2. State Sites: Register for a vaccine at Vaccinate RI or call 844-930-1779. These vaccination sites will be located at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence and the Sockanosset Cross Road site in Cranston for eligible individuals. by appointment.
  3. Pharmacies (CVS and Walgreens): They are accepting reservations to eligible individuals by appointment only at select retail pharmacies. You can visit CVS (800-746-7287) and Walgreens websites to schedule an appointment.
 
For Rhode Islanders ages 65+, the state will open vaccination appointments at their two sites on Monday, February 22nd. Sign up at Vaccinate RI or call 844-930-1779.
 
For Smithfield residents that are homebound, please feel free to contact us to register for our waitlist (please note that you are homebound) and our COVID team will work to accommodate you. Additionally, the RI Department of Health has created a survey to gather information for those unable to leave their home to receive a vaccine. If you are unable to leave home to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, or are the healthcare provider or family caregiver of someone who is homebound, please inform RIDOH through the following form: Homebound Vax.
 
Our COVID Team and myself have been constantly working with state officials to obtain the necessary supply for our residents. We continue to make it our priority to vaccinate every interested Smithfield resident. Please bear with us as we work through this process together and know that it might be a few weeks before you are able to get an appointment depending on your age. The more vaccines we receive each week, the more quickly appointments will become available. At this time, underlying conditions are not a factor for receiving an expedited appointment for a vaccine. The Town is scheduling vaccines from oldest to youngest residents.
 
If you are registered on our waitlist, there is no further action necessary and you can be assured that we will contact you. We are working on this important mission in an effort to keep our residents safe.

 

 
How do I get on the vaccination wait list?
 
The Town of Smithfield is committed to vaccinating its entire population and will follow all requirements set forth by the Department of Health and federal officials. We anticipate this process to take awhile, however, the process of vaccinating our residents has begun and we will continue until we meet the vaccination needs of every residents in our community.
 
To register for the vaccine waitlist database, please use the button below or call one of the following contacts:
  • Smithfield Senior Center (401) 949-4590
  • Smithfield Town Manager’s Office (401) 233-1010
 
Once you are contacted and scheduled for an appointment, it is crucial that you arrive only at your scheduled time in order to avoid long waits and potential impacts on traffic. If you receive the vaccine through one of the alternative sites (Pharmacy or State Site) and are on the Smithfield waitlist, please let us know so you can be removed from the list.
 
For more information, visit: COVID RI – Vaccination
 
COVID-19 Testing
 
Rapid walk-thru testing is available at the Smithfield VFW (47 Farnum Pike) everyday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
 
Rapid and PCR testing is available at various other locations throughout the state for those with and without symptoms. For a list of locations, visit. To make an appointment, visit

COVID-19 Guidelines
As a reminder, the state is operating under the following guidelines:
 

Please continue to:
  • Wear a mask when outside of your home, even in the outdoors.
  • Keep your social interactions limited to members of your own household.
  • Self-isolate whenever possible. Work from home, shop locally online.
 
Business Updates
Rhode Island Commerce will be hosting a webinar on the Paycheck Protection Program on Wednesday, February 24 at 12:00 PM. RSVP Here.
 
Local Updates
The Smithfield Town Hall will be closed to public traffic until further notice. All departments will operate as normal and all staff will be available by phone, email, or the drop boxes located in the front of Town Hall. Contact Info for all departments.
 
Special Election:
There is a Statewide Special Election on March 2, 2021. Important dates:
  • February 10 – March 1: Vote Early In Person.
  • Early Voting is available at the Smithfield Town Hall M-F (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM)
  • March 2 by 8:00pm: Vote in person at your polling location.
 
We will continue to provide updates through our website, social media and other means to get the word out. 
 
 
Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation.
 
Sincerely,
 
Randy R. Rossi
Town Manager


 
Available Resources
 
  • RIDOH COVID-19 Hotline
    •  401-222-8022 or email
  • United Way 24/7 Hotline
    • 2-1-1
  • Statewide Testing
  • K-12 Testing
  • Children’s Behavioral Health Issues
    • Kids’ Link, a service administered by Bradley Hospital/Lifespan at (855) 543-5465.
  • Mental Health and Substance Use Assistance
    • BH Link Hotline: (401)-414-LINK (5465)
    • 24/7 Walk-In Center: 975 Waterman Avenue, East Providence
  • Delivery Services for those in Quarantine
    • RI Delivers: call 2-1-1 or the Point at 401-462-4444. Visit RIDelivers.com
    • RI Thrives is available for deliveries of groceries, medication, and health, beauty & medical supplies. For more information go to: RIthrives.com.
  • Housing Assistance
    • Call 2-1-1 or visit here.
  • Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence
    • Those seeking help can call (800) 494-8100.
  • Business Assistance

Guidance for the Wearing of Cloth Face Coverings at Work

Governor Raimondo’s Executive Order 20-14 prohibited all gatherings of more than 5 people and all non-critical, retail businesses from conducting in-person operations. However, critical businesses remain open and some of their employees must be physically present at the work site, requiring further measures to keep those employees, and their customers/clients safe.

Click the document image below for the full .pdf:

Smithfield COVID-19 Support Fund

The Town of Smithfield has partnered up with John J. Tassoni, Jr. to create a COVID-19 Support Fund to help Smithfield residents who might need assistance.

Smithfield COVID-19 Support Fund

Senior Resources – COVID-19

The Rhode Island Office of Healthy Aging (OHA) is working closely with the Rhode Island Department of Health and Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency to coordinate the state’s response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Older Rhode Islanders and individuals with underlying conditions are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness. Governor Raimondo and the
Rhode Island Department of Health are encouraging our higher-risk populations to practice social distancing during this time and use technology, whenever possible, to remain in touch with family and friends.

Click the image below for the full (.pdf) document

Senior Resources - COVID-19

 

Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak

Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak (click image for full .pdf document)

Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak

The Town of Smithfield Uses Code Red Resident Emergency Notification System

 

Click the logo above to go to the registration site

The Town of Smithfield has transitioned to the Code Red Resident Emergency Notification System. Code Red replaces the Nixle emergency notification system and will allow the town to be compatible with state emergency agencies and more communities in Rhode Island.

In the event of a town-wide emergency or a localized geographical emergency, the town’s police department, fire department, emergency management agency or designated local official will be able to call, email, and text thousands of residents at once, notifying them of the emergency and also give instructions if needed. Using mapping databases Code Red can target a notification to a few residents on one street, or expand to any designated area within the town.

Messages regarding the safety, property or welfare of our residents will be disseminated using the Code Red system. These may include local AMBER alerts, locations of shelters for weather events, emergency instructions due to a large fire or chemical incident, boil water advisories, evacuation notices, etc.

Please Register Your Cell Phone
Technology plays a vital role in everyone’s day-to-day life. We know that not everyone uses a house phone today. In Rhode Island, most 9-1-1 calls are made from a cell phone. The 9-1-1 call-out database is compiled of home phone numbers, there is no 9-1-1 database for cell phones. More people use email and texting to communicate and the town wants to ensure that we can use those avenues to communicate with our residents for official information.

We encourage everyone to register with Code Red. To do so click on the Code Red logo above to go to the registration site. Users can register for emergency notifications only and can also register for general notifications as well. Residents should know that the information they provide on the link is safe. Information is not, and will not be, shared with anyone. No one has access to the account but local and state emergency officials authorized to activate warnings and alerts to the public.

register with Code Red

Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry

Enrolling in the Special Needs Emergency Registry lets police, fire and other first responders in your community better prepare for, and respond to your needs during a hurricane, storm or other emergency.

  • Many people may need extra help during a time of emergency including people who:
  • Use life support systems such as oxygen, respirator, ventilator, dialysis, pacemaker, or are insulin dependent;
  • Have mobility disabilities and use a wheelchair, scooter, walker, cane, or other mobility device;
  • Are visually impaired, blind, hard of hearing, or deaf;
  • Have speech, cognitive, developmental or mental health disabilities; or
  • Use assistive animals or a prosthesis.

The information submitted to the Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry is shared with local and state first responders and emergency management officials. Your information is held confidentially and only accessed to assist in your safety and well-being. The Department of Health and Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency have worked with E-911 to notify first responders when they are responding to a household that may have someone enrolled in the Registry. This notification allows first responders additional time to consider how to best respond to that incident. Please note that strict confidentiality is maintained at all times and only those that have a reason to access the information are authorized to do so.

Click here for more information
or to enroll 

Emergency Information

This page will be deployed in case of any type of town, state or national emergency and during severe weather events. 

Should those types of situations occur, this page will be prominently linked from the front page of SmithfieldRI.com for as long as it is required.  

During an event, we will continually update this page – blog-style – as information is received, with the most recent information appearing at the top of the page – please scroll down for more information.  

We will also be utilizing Twitter & Facebook to post this same information.  Other helpful information is posted in the left & right sidebars of this page.

To Follow Smithfield Agencies Online:

Town Government:  www.smithfieldri.com or follow on Twitter @SmithfieldRI or Facebook

Emergency Management:  www.smithfieldema.org or follow on Twitter @SmfldEM

Police Department:  www.smithfieldpd.com or follow on Twitter @Smithfield_PD or Facebook 

Fire Department: www.smithfieldfire.com or follow on Twitter @SmithfieldFire

 

In a power outage, you may find it useful to utilize a smart-phone and follow one or all of these agencies on Twitter.  These accounts can easily be viewed without signing up for a Twitter account and will keep you up-to-date. You can see a feed of the Town’s Twitter account in the right column.