Sunday, January 24, 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 Response Update – January 22, 2021

 

January 22, 2021
 
 
Dear Residents, Businesses, and Community Partners:
 
I hope you and your family are doing well and staying safe. 
 
Unfortunately we are continuing to see the number of cases increase in Town, but our positivity rate has begun to decrease and will hopefully continue on a downward trend. Please see the graph below which illustrates the weekly tests, positive cases and positivity rate.
 

Residents’ efforts to keep their groups small and our efforts to increase testing are working to reduce cases and quickly identifying positives.
 
COVID-19 Guidelines
The state has extended current guidelines through mid-February. As a reminder:
  • Wear a mask when outside of your home, even in the outdoors.
  • Consider masking when walking down the sidewalk or jogging and biking.
  • Keep your social interactions limited to members of your own household.
  • Self-isolate whenever possible. Work from home, shop locally online.


COVID-19 Testing
 
We will be providing an update next week for a Town run testing site for Smithfield residents.
 
Testing is available at various locations throughout the state for those with and without symptoms. For a list of locations, visit. To make and appointment, visit
 
COVID-19 Vaccination Update
 
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) has provided an update on Rhode Island’s COVID-19 vaccine efforts. As of this afternoon (1/22/21), 52,925 people have received one dose of vaccine. A total of 13,145 people have received two doses of vaccine and are fully immunized against COVID-19. See the data.
 
RIDOH is working hard to distribute vaccines, but supply is very limited. Right now, they are receiving enough first doses each week for about 1.5% of the state’s population. Other states are in the same position. RIDOH is administering the state’s limited doses of vaccine in a manner to achieve the greatest impact on the health of our state.
 
When Will I Receive My Vaccine?
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented hardship and loss for so many of our families, friends, and neighbors. Given this, we understand that many residents are anxious to know when they and their loved ones will be eligible to receive vaccines.
 
The aim of Phase 1 has been to ensure the stability of our healthcare system and protect our long-term care facilities, as well as to start vaccinating in some of the state’s hardest hit areas.
 
Currently, RIDOH is focusing on vaccinating healthcare providers. There are about 65,000 licensed healthcare providers in Rhode Island. Healthcare providers are critical to our response to COVID-19. Since supply is very limited, RIDOH is taking a stepwise approach. They have started with the highest exposure workers in hospitals, and then started vaccinating EMS professionals, and are now getting to outpatient healthcare providers.
 
The focus has also been on protecting vulnerable Rhode Islanders in long-term care facilities that have been hit hard by this pandemic. Vaccinating began in nursing homes in December. This week, RIDOH has started to vaccinate in assisted living facilities and other congregate living settings. By the middle of February, it is expected that the vaccine will be available for adults 75 and older.
 
There have been a lot of questions about the vaccination of older adults. In Rhode Island, there are close to 190,000 Rhode Islanders age 65 or older. Since the state is only getting about 14,000 first doses of vaccine a week, a stepwise approach will be taken with this group as well.


Please note that there is no action that older adults need to take at this time to get a vaccine. When we are ready to start vaccinating this population, we will communicate with the public and community organizations to provide instructions. We will provide updates through our website, social media and other means to get the word out. 
 
The RI Department of Health is prioritizing groups in order to decrease hospitalizations and deaths. Early vaccination of the highest risk people will achieve this and hopefully allow the restrictions to be eased.
 
Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation.
 
Sincerely,
 
Randy R. Rossi
Town Manager

Available Resources
 
  • RIDOH information line for COVID-19 please call 401-222-8022 or email and visit the RIDOH website.
  • The United Way is available 24-7 to answer questions and connect residents with resources through their 211 hotline.
  • Flu Vaccines: Rhode Islanders are encouraged to get their flu vaccine this year. Find a flu vaccination clinic in your community at https://health.ri.gov/flu/
  • K-12 Testing – Rhode Island’s K-12 testing services are available to any student, teacher, or staff member at any public or private K-12 school throughout the state who needs to be tested for COVID-19. Any K-12 students or staff who have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been identified as a close contact of a positive case should call the K-12 test scheduling service at 844-857-1814. Visit the K-12 COVID-19 Test Scheduling Site
  • Multilanguage Information on COVID-19 testing options here
  • Resources for the deaf and hard-of-hearing available here and here.
 
Community Resources
  • PAUSE Rhode Island is a program that provides free community outreach and support services for Rhode Islanders dealing with stress and anxiety due to COVID-19.
  • 24/7 hotline for anyone 18 or over: (401) 414-5465
  • 24/7 hotline for anyone under 18: (855) 543-5465
  • Rhode Island continues to face a drug overdose epidemic:
  • BH Link Hotline and Walk-In Center | 975 Waterman Ave., East Providence: Access behavioral health services, long-term care, and recovery support at this 24/7 walk-in and drop-off facility, or call the BH Link hotline, 401-414-LINK (5465), to learn more about local treatment and recovery support services.
  • COVID-19 Harm Reduction Resources (Prevent Overdose RI)
  • Parents seeking information about their children’s urgent behavioral health issues can call Kids’ Link, a service administered by Bradley Hospital/Lifespan at (855) 543-5465.
  • Bradley Hospital has a variety of COVID-19 Resources for Parents and Caregivers available.
  • The American Psychological Association has a variety of resources for quarantined parents.
  • Support Services for Workers Who Need to Stay Home
  • Rhode Islanders should continue to stay home if you are sick. If you need to stay home because of COVID-19, there are resources for you: Relief for Workers Flyer
  • RI Delivers: Through the Office of Healthy Aging, RI Delivers connects those in quarantine or isolation with access to food and medication delivery services. To contact 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.
  • The WeR1 Fund is providing $400 gift cards for Rhode Islanders who are not eligible for most federal relief programs due to their immigration status. The funds allows for purchase of groceries, gas, and other basic necessities. Those in need of assistance should visit Dorcas International to apply. Applications can also be found in SpanishPortuguese, and Haitian Creole.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants are now able to select and pay for their groceries online using their EBT card at Amazon and participating Walmart stores. For more details, visit DHS.RI.gov
  • American Red Cross: Established the Virtual Family Assistance Center to support those that lost loved ones. Visit their website or call (833) 492-0094.
  • Safe Harbor Housing Program: Tenants who are behind in their rent because of COVID-19 and in danger of eviction, or who have already received an eviction notice, can call 211 to be connected to the program.
  • Renters and Homeowners: For constituents seeking housing-related information and resources, visit: RIhousing.com
  • Housing Help RI: Emergency housing assistance to very low-income renters who have been severely affected by the COVID-19 emergency and are at immediate risk of homelessness: HousingHelpRI.com
  • Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and member agencies are open, as are domestic violence shelters. Those seeking help can call (800) 494-8100.
 
Business Support
  • Business Assistance: For business economic support, constituents should visit CommerceRI.com, call Commerce RI at (401) 521-4357 (HELP), or email them.
  • Enhanced Capital Rhode Island Small Business Loan Program: Micro loans of $10,000 – $50,000 per company and larger term loans of up to $1 million per company. Applications now available here.
  • SBA loans and non-SBA loan information

 

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.