The Rhode Island Department of Health announced two allegedly positive cases of coronavirus in the state.
The first person with the virus they announced is about 40 years old and traveled to Italy in mid-February. The department reports that the individual is currently being treated at an area hospital.
The person had limited trips to the state since returning from Italy. Also, he did not respond to his place of work since they returned from Italy.
The second person whose coronavirus test is presumably positive is a 30-year-old man and is at home with mild symptoms.
These 38 people made the same trip to Europe in mid-February as the man that the Department of Health announced this morning as the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Rhode Island.
They have been told not to go to school or work and stay at home during these 14 days.
Rhode Island Governor Confirmed the First Case
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott confirmed the case at a press conference at 11:45 a.m.
Alexander-Scott said that he did not see a generalized community transmission in Rhode Island, and the overall level of risk to the inhabitants of Rhode Island was still low. However, everyone in Rhode Island had a role to play in helping him prevent the spread of viruses. People needed to wash their hands regularly, cover themselves when they cough and sneeze, and stay at home if they were sick.
Officials are approaching those who came into contact with the individual. They are advising that they undergo quarantine for 14 days with public health supervision.
In the last weeks, Rhode Island State Health Laboratories are developing the ability to perform tests for COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention performed all tests for COVID-19.
The CDC Laboratories must confirm each allegedly positive test result, The DOH said.
Rhode Island residents are asked to get a flu shot, wash their hands during the day, cough or sneeze into their elbows, avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth, keep surfaces clean with disinfectants.
If you recently traveled to an area with widespread or continued spread of coronavirus and have symptoms of the disease (fever, cough, shortness of breath), contact your health care provider and call before going to a health care center.
The CDC confirmed the first fatal case in the United States in Washington state on Saturday. Worldwide, there are more than 80,000 confirmed cases of the disease.