Wednesday, December 2, 2020        

Smithfield COVID-19 Response Update – November 23, 2020

 

November 23, 2020
 
 
Dear Residents, Businesses, and Community Partners:
 
I hope you and your family are doing well and staying safe. 
 
Rhode Island’s healthcare system is experiencing a record number of hospitalizations due to the rising cases of COVID-19. This is putting extreme stress on the healthcare system and its workers.
 
We all must make immediate changes to our daily activities and routines. Residents should limit the amount of people they are in contact with and the number of places they are going on a daily basis. Please plan for small Thanksgiving gatherings limited to your household.
 
With the rise in cases, the State of Rhode Island announced a two-week “pause” with new closures and restrictions – some are immediate and others will begin November 30th.
 
  • Effective immediately:
  • Social gatherings are limited to those within your household.
  • Stay-at-home advisory continues:
  • 10:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m. Sunday – Thursday
  • 10:30 p.m. – 5:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
 
The following changes are in place from November 30 – December 13:
 
Over the next three weeks, please keep healthcare workers and small businesses in mind. If individuals refuse to follow the guidelines, they are putting healthcare workers lives and the livelihoods of small businesses at risk. Let’s come together to overcome this virus! 
 
Supporting Local Businesses is Key
These new restrictions present additional barriers for small businesses, during a time when they are already struggling. I strongly urge residents to Shop Local this year. Many are offering online ordering or curbside pick-up.
 
Businesses:
  • The online application form, webpage, and FAQs are now available for the relief program for restaurants and bars here.
  • Box stores will be required to have a plan in place to handle the expected increase in holiday and Black Friday customers.
  • For more assistance programs, please visit the Business section below. 
 
The Smithfield Town Hall will be closing its doors for public traffic beginning today, November 23rd. Town Hall business will continue as normal and all staff will be available by phone, email or the two secure drop boxes located in the front of Town Hall. 
 
Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation.
 
Sincerely,
 
Randy R. Rossi
Town Manager

 
General Information:
 
Testing: visit
 
Travel:
  • Please limit your travel.
  • Testing for those planning to travel
  • Testing Rhode Islanders who travel to or from the states listed here must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Rhode Island or schedule an asymptomatic test. 
 
Behavioral Health Resources
  • Adults seeking mental or behavioral health support should call BH Link at 414-LINK (5465). For services for children, call (855) 543-5465.
  • People with moderate to severe opioid use disorder (OUD) can access telehealth service for initiation of buprenorphine treatment at (401) 606-5456.
 
Business Support
  • Business Assistance: For business economic support, constituents should visit CommerceRI.com, call at 401-521-4357 (HELP), or email.
  • Breakrooms:  The Governor has ordered on the closure of breakrooms for 90 days. Employers are still being encouraged to let people work from home to the greatest extent possible.
  • Business Assistance: The Restore RI program has been expanded. Learn more here and here.
  • Remote Work Technology Grants available here.
  • Relief program for restaurants and bars that must close earlier than usual due to COVID-19 visit.
  • Please encourage your employees to sign up for asymptomatic testing at portal.ri.gov
 
Child and Family Assistance
  • 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.
 
Employment Support
  • RI Navigator provides resources for jobseekers to learn new skills, explore career options, and prepare for a job. RI Reconnect.
  • Employment: Jobseekers should visit EmployRI.org to find jobs as well as other important resources including information on unemployment insurance, résumé tips, and other COVID-19 updates.
  • Unemployment Insurance: Visit RI DLT for information, applications, and factsheets. Contact the Department of Labor and Training at 401-234-4280 or by email
 
Food and Medication Delivery Services
  • 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 RI Delivers
  • RI Thrives is available for deliveries of groceries, medication, and health, beauty & medical supplies. For more information go to: RI Thrives.
 
Housing Assistance and Information
  • Safe Harbor Housing Program: an eviction diversion effort to serve as an alternative to the traditional eviction process and provide landlords and tenants an opportunity to work towards a solution outside of the court system. 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: RI Housing
  • Housing Help RI: The statewide homelessness prevention initiative provides 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. Visit: Housing Help RI
 
Violence Prevention Support
  • Safe at Home: The Rhode Island State Police launched Safe at Home to raise awareness of the threat of increased violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Safe at Home is focused on connecting with those who may be facing violence at home and providing all Rhode Islanders with resources to identify and help those at-risk.
  • Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and member agencies are open, as are domestic violence shelters. Those seeking help can call (800) 494-8100.
 
Additional Resources and Support
  • RI Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing – The Commission now has a website dedicated to COVID-19, with specific information that is critically important to members of the community with hearing loss. The site has videos presented in American Sign Language http://www.cdhh.ri.gov/covid-19/
 
Questions About COVID-19: Please visit the R.I. Dept. of Health website for factual up-to-date information or call 401-222-8022. In addition, the United Way is available 24-7 to answer questions and connect residents with resources through their 211 hotline.