Friday, April 16, 2021        

Smithfield COVID-19 Vaccination and Response Update – April 16, 2021


 

April 16, 2021
 
Dear Residents, Businesses, and Community Partners:
 

Rhode Island’s percent positivity rate, as it relates to COVID-19, is up from last week, now 2.5% (2.4% last week). With highly contagious variants of the virus still present, it is important to wear high-quality masks, wash your hands, limit large gatherings, and keep your distance. It is important that we all continue to stay focused on defeating this virus!

COVID-19 Vaccine

Additional Vaccine Appointments: Today (4/16) at 5 p.m., roughly 16,000 vaccine appointments will be posted on VaccinateRI.org.

Current Eligibility: People age 40 and older who live, work, or go to school in Rhode Island, and those 16 and older who live and work in the hard-hit zip codes of 02893, 02906, 02910, 02920, 02911, 02914, and 02919.

Expanded Eligibility: Starting April 19th, all Rhode Islanders ages 16 and older will be eligible.

Transportation: Starting Monday, April 19th, R.I. Public Transit Authority will begin offering free fares to those going to and from vaccination appointments. People with vaccine appointments can email CustomerService@RIPTA.com or call 401-781-9400.

Vaccines for Veterans: The Providence Veterans Medical Center is hosting several vaccination clinics in April. For a schedule visit here. For more information or concerns click here or call 401-273-7100 ext. 16226.

Homebound Vaccinations: Those that are homebound and filled out the state’s survey may receive calls from one of these three vendors: MedTech, Alert Ambulance, and PACERI, in order to schedule at date/time to receive their vaccination at the address they provided. If you are homebound and have not requested a vaccine, please do so through this survey: Homeboundvax.

Pre-Register: Rhode Islanders can now preregister for the vaccine on Portal.RI.gov or by calling 844-930-1779.

Options for eligible Rhode Islanders to be vaccinated:  

  1. State Sites: Register for a vaccine here or call 844-930-1779.
  2. Regional Sites: Located in East Providence, Johnston and Westerly. Appointments are required. Visit VaccinateRI.org.
  3. Pharmacies: CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Stop and Shop.
  4. Lifespan Clinic and Care New England Clinic

For more information on vaccines, visit: Covid.RI.Gov/vaccination. Sign up for RIDOH’s weekly vaccination newsletter here.

COVID-19 Testing

Please consider getting tested on a weekly basis. Rapid and PCR testing is available at various locations throughout the state. 
 
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

Housing Assistance Program

Rhode Island Housing launched a $200 million statewide rental assistance program – RentRelief RI – for tenants and landlords who have been hurt financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are now open: RIHousing.com/RentReliefri/

New Grant Program for Businesses

RI Small Businesses Relief Grant Program provides $5,000 to R.I. small businesses affected financially by COVID-19. Applications are open and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis through April 30.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering grants for Shuttered Venue Operators, including operators of live venues, live performing arts organizations, museums, movie theatres, as well as live venue promoters, theatrical producers, and talent representatives. For more information and a list of resource partners that can provide application guidance, click here.

FEMA Funeral Assistance

FEMA is accepting applications for a Funeral Assistance Program for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. Visit their FAQ page for eligibility requirements and more details here.

Local Updates
 
With the warm weather on the way we have issued Executive Order 2021-01  to once again expand outdoor dining to accommodate the outdoor dining option for our restaurants.    
Smithfield Town Hall is open to the public with limited hours. Until further notice, Town Hall will be open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Monday through Friday. All departments will continue to operate as normal and all staff will be available by phone or email. Please access the building from either the front door or side ramp at the rear of the building. Contact Info for all departments.
 
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
  • Re-Opening Guidelines
  • Statewide Testing
  • K-12 Testing
  • COVID-19 Business Testing Contact Center
  • 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

RI Small Business Relief Grants

Governor Dan McKee and Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor have announced this week the creation of a new grant program to assist small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will use $20 million in CARES Act funds to give qualifying businesses $5,000 grants. The first round of applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis beginning, Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 3:00 PM through Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Future rounds and expansions of this program are possible depending upon demand and availability of funds.
 
Grants for qualifying businesses will be awarded at one funding level of $5,000. To be eligible, businesses must be a for-profit business based in Rhode Island, have less than $1 million in gross receipts in the 2020 tax year, and have received less than $25,000 in state COVID-related financial assistance to date. Successful applicants must demonstrate a net financial need that exceeds the $5,000 grant amount. The grant program is designed to help cover costs such as wages or salaries, operational expenses incurred to enable the business to remain open through the state of emergency or costs associated with reopening of a business that was previously shut down due to the pandemic. More information and the application can be found at CommerceRI.com/ReliefGrant.

Who is eligible? 

This program is designed for Rhode Island small businesses. Applicants must:

  • Be small Rhode Island-based for-profit businesses with less than $1M in 2020 “gross receipts or sales”;
  • Demonstrate that they have a COVID-related net financial need of $5,000 or greater. This will be calculated by subtracting the total amount of COVID related grants or financial assistance received for 2020 from the total drop in gross receipts from 2019 to 2020. Businesses who do not meet the $5,000 requirement may also add COVID-related increased costs or expenses.

Additional eligibility details will be made available soon.

Businesses that require assistance may contact the Rhode Island Commerce Small Business Hotline by clicking here.

Town Manager Signs Executive Order to Expand Outdoor Dining

Restaurateurs: On Wednesday, April 14th, the Town Manager signed Smithfield Executive Order 2021-01 to expanded outdoor dining and developing the necessary procedures for a streamlined approval process. Please complete the online application here.

From Town Manager Randy R. Rossi: 
“Today, I have signed Executive Order 2021-01 to expanded outdoor dining to accommodate the outdoor dining option for restaurants. The Town is reaching out to all restaurants to provide the necessary guidance and a streamlined process.”
 
Helpful Documents (.pdf)

Submission Requirements

All Applicants must submit an online application here :

  1. A plan showing:
    1. The proposed outdoor service area;
    2. The proposed number of seats (capacity may not exceed the current licensed capacity);
    3. The location of physical barriers (concrete blocks) or other protection to keep diners separated from other trafficked areas; and,
    4. For restaurants wishing to temporarily convert a portion of off-street parking areas into service areas, a parking plan;
  2. Evidence that the expanded service area is covered by liability insurance;
  3. Where any portion of the proposed area of temporary expansion is owned by a separate legal entity, a written authorization from the property owner; and
  4. All temporary expansions of service areas shall make adequate provisions for parking and the physical safety of diners, and shall be operated in compliance with current:
    1. Social distancing or other applicable regulations issued by RIDOH and/or RIDBR;
    2. All applicable fire codes and provisions of the Life Safety Code;
    3. Applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act; and,
    4. Shall maintain a setback of at least ten feet (10’) from the front side and rear property lines of the licensed premises, and shall maintain a setback of at least twenty feet (20’) from any property line abutting a residential use.
    5. Where use of a tent is proposed, a separate tent permit shall be required subject to a full Life Safety Inspection by the Smithfield Fire Department prior to being occupied.
  5. The hours of operation of any temporary outdoor service area approved hereunder shall be limited to 7:00 am to 10:00 pm.
 
 

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.