R.I. has first two deaths related to COVID-19; Raimondo issues stay-at-home order

Updated at 5:51 p.m.

THE CORONAVIRUS has continued to prompt the closure of business and nonprofits around the state. / NIAID-RML via AP
RHODE ISLAND is now climbing toward an expected peak in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the next few weeks. / NIAID-RML via AP
PROVIDENCE - Health officials on Saturday reported the state's first two COVID-19-related deaths, and Gov. Gina M. Raimondo issued a stay-at-home order for all Rhode Islanders not traveling to work or buying essentials until April 13. All gatherings of more than five people are also banned, further restricting what had been a limit of no…

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  1. Governor Raimondo is setting a pace in New England and is making bold moves to protect the residents of the Ocean State. With regards to restrictions and in particular travelers from New York; one could also note that a driver from Albany (only 187 confirmed positive cases effective at last count on March 28), would be enforcing quarantine. Bergen County in New Jersey (a stone’s throw from New York City just across the Hudson) has 1,838 confirmed positive cases and growing at a rate higher than 38 of the 50 states in total. One may make the case New Jersey license plate spotted on route 95 could warrant the same scrutiny as a New York driver. The bottom line is we should all stay home.