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A Look at US Presidents and Public Health Crises

VOA News By Patsy Widakuswara Almost all American presidents have faced a crisis while in office, whether it’s a political scandal, natural disaster, economic calamity or terrorism. But not all have the misfortune of having to deal with epidemics and pandemics. Here are some of them and how historians view their performance. Woodrow Wilson – Spanish flu President Woodrow Wilson faced the influenza pandemic of 1918-19 that killed 20 million to 50 million people around the world while the United States was fighting in World War I. “Even though President Trump has talked about being at war with the pandemic, in…
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Italy, Spain Hardest Hit by Coronavirus in Europe

By VOA News Italy, the European country hardest hit by the coronavirus, confirmed 10,023 people dead and 92,472 infected as of Saturday. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte made the announcement Saturday evening in a joint appearance with Economy Minister Roberto Gualtieri. On a somewhat positive note, Conte said that on Saturday Italy also had more than 1,400 people who recovered, the highest number to date. Conte said that under the solidarity fund for the municipalities program, which has an advance payment of $ billion, mayors will soon be issuing food vouchers for low-income and poor people facing challenges due to the…
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Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation

In accordance with Governor Raimondo’s March 28, 2020 executive order, the Department of Business Regulation is providing the following list of critical and non-critical retail questions on these guidelines, please submit your questions online to the Department of Business Regulation using the web form available at You may also callthe Department of Business Regulation at 401-889-5550 Additional guidance:– Restaurants and bars may continue to operate only for pickup, drive-through, anddelivery as per the Governor’s Executive Order 20-04.– All critical retail employers are required to implement social distancing and to work fromhome to the extent possible.– Financial services offered by pawn…
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Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation, Non-critical retail businesses

– Arts & crafts stores– Florists– Furniture stores (by appointment only)– Car and other motor vehicle dealerships (except for auto repair and by appointment only)– Music stores– Billiard stores– Sporting goods stores– Home furnishings stores– Lawn/garden supply stores (note that agricultural/seafood supply would be allowed to beopen)– Book stores– Departments stores– Gift stores– Beauty supply stores– Second-hand/consignment stores– Shoe stores– Clothing stores– Jewelry stores
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Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation, Critical retail businesses

– Food and beverage stores ( supermarkets; liquor, specialty food, bodega andconvenience stores; farmers’ markets; food banks and pantries)– Pharmacies and medical supply stores, compassion centers– Pet supply stores– Printing shops, mail and delivery stores and operations, office supply– Gas stations– Laundromats– Electronics and telecommunications stores– Industrial, construction, agricultural/seafood equipment and supply stores, hardwarestores, general power equipment– Funeral homes– Auto repair and supply– Banks and credit unions– Firearms stores– Healthcare and public safety professional uniform stores– And other stores and businesses identified as critical by the Department of BusinessRegulation.
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Governor, Dr. Alexander-Scott Announce Stay-At-Home Order and New Travel Restrictions, Limit Gatherings to Groups of Five

Mandatory quarantine extended to anyone who has traveled to Rhode Island from another state Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Dr. Alexander-Scott today made several announcements about the state's response to the COVID-19 ; Stay At Home: The Governor has issued a stay-at-home order until April 13. This means that all Rhode Islanders should stay home unless getting food, medicine, gas, or going to travel: Earlier this week, the Governor ordered anyone coming to Rhode Island from New York by any mode of transportation to quarantine for 14 days. Today, the Governor expanded upon that order. Executive Order 20-12 entitled “Tenth Supplemental Emergency Declaration –…
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The Miriam Hospital attains Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence, celebrates amid challenging times for health care workers

Designation for the 6th consecutive time reinforces commitment to highest standards; very few hospitals have maintained Magnet® status this long PROVIDENCE, —The Miriam Hospital has once again attained Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence and now joins just three other hospitals in receiving the four-year designation six consecutive times. The announcement came last Thursday amid a coronavirus outbreak that has changed the lives of health care workers, focused attention on the critical front-line role they are playing in the pandemic, and had nurses at The Miriam celebrating wearing masks and gathered only in small groups. The honor, bestowed upon the hospital…
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U.S. Senate Passes $2.2 Trillion Emergency Coronavirus Economic Rescue Agreement

Sen. Reed helps craft landmark agreement with federal funds to help individuals, hospitals, communities, & small businesses hit hardest by COVID-19 & includes stronger oversight structure WASHINGTON, DC – Tonight, the Senate unanimously voted 96-0 to pass the $ trillion Emergency Coronavirus Economic Rescue ; Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) says the bipartisan package will help urgently address the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic from both a health and economic standpoint and includes additional aid for people, hospitals, states, and Main Street ; Senator Reed was part of a twenty-member bipartisan working group that helped craft the ; He spearheaded efforts to include…
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Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Dr. Alexander-Scott today announced new guidelines issued by the Department of Business Regulation for retailers and grocers as part of the state’s response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Eight additional cases of COVID-19 in Rhode Island As of 5PM tomorrow, all retailers and grocers must: Allow no more than 20% of stated fire capacity in the store at a time;Require staff to count the number of customers entering and exiting the store and enforce limits;Clearly mark 6’ spacing in lines and other high-traffic areas. Stores should consider posting signage or using ropes to direct customers and to limit bottlenecks/encourage flow in high-density areas of stores;Designate employees to monitor social distancing and assist customers;Maximize space between customers and employees at checkout;Designate employee(s) to ensure the cleaning guidelines set by…
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Governor, Dr. Alexander-Scott Announce New Guidelines for Large Retailers

Guidelines for Retail and Grocers Rhode Island has asked all businesses to comply with social distancing guidelines and to maintain a high level of sanitation and employee hygiene in line with CDC guidance. In furtherance of those directives and to prevent crowding at retail and grocery stores, the following guidelines are being instituted as of March 26, 2020 at 5:00 PM: Social distancing: 1. Allow no more than 20% of stated fire capacity in the store at a time (note that this reduced capacity is approximately 150 square feet per person*). Require staff to count the number of customers entering…
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