It is important to stay on top of the daily updates from the Governor and Health Department Officials on the RI response to COVID-19.
*You can call 401 222-8022 during business hours for health concerns and health resources
*You may call United Way of Rhode Island 211 -24/7/365- for health concerns, health resources, insurance resources, non-profit resources
*Check out the RI Health Department Website for comprehensive list of current information:
*For health insurance info visit HealthSourceRI.com to enroll, or call customer support or use our web chat function between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday at 1-855-840-4774. Insurance providers are now covering phone and teleconferencing visits.
*Layoffs and Quarantined: The RI Department of Labor and Training (RIDLT) has set up a COVID-19 Assistance Line and email address (401-462-2020; dlt.covid19@dlt.ri.gov). They are intended to provide support to people regarding COVID-19 and employment issues. The phone line is staffed Monday to Friday during business hours. Unemployment benefits are for those laid off from work. TDI is offered to those who are sick or are under quarantine.
*Small business relief: The US Small Business Administration (SBA) announced it is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to RI small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications here.Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information. If your business has questions regarding SBA loans and access to capital, please call the Small Business Hotline during business hours at (401) 521-HELP or e-mail info@commerceri.com anytime.
*Schools- Distance Learning and Food Plans: Support services for remote learning will be announced soon from RIDE. If you are looking for breakfast and lunch provisions, please visit here
*Utilities: During this time of mandated social distancing, all utilities (electricity, gas, water, sewer) will remain connected for those having difficulty meeting payments and no accounts will be referred to collection agencies.
Neighbors helping neighbors: please call your neighbors, especially the elderly or those that live alone. The isolation can be difficult for some. Please pick up the phone and check in to see if they need food, or other supplies. If you think someone may need special assistance, please let us know. Rhode Islanders are strong and the sacrifices made today will help to keep us healthy and lessen the impact of this highly contagious disease. Also, please thank your friends who are on the frontline –the healthcare workers, grocers, truckers, mail delivers, the non-profit service providers — who are making it possible for us to shelter in place.
Stay healthy, RI! This too shall pass…
The Rhode Island House of Representatives Minority Caucus (Republican) is comprised of the following elected members representing constituents who live in the following districts throughout the Ocean State: Minority Leader, Blake Filippi, District 36 (Charlestown, South Kingstown, Westerly, New Shoreham); Minority Whip, Michael Chippendale, District 40 (Foster, Glocester, Coventry); Representative John Lyle, Jr., District 46 (Lincoln, Pawtucket); Representative George Nardone, District 28 (Coventry); Representative Brian Newberry, District 48 (North Smithfield, Burrillville); Representative David Place, District 47 (Burrillville, Glocester); Senior Deputy Minority Leader Justin Price, District 39 (Exeter, Hopkinton, Richmond); Deputy Minority Leader Robert Quattrocchi, District 41 (Scituate, Cranston); Deputy Whip Sherry Roberts, District 29 (Coventry, West Greenwich).     
For more RI House GOP Caucus info visit www.rihousegop.org