Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said Vice President Mike Pence is wrong when he said her state appeared to be "past" its coronavirus outbreak peak.
Raimondo said that while she means the vice president no disrespect, that is “clearly not true.”
The state added 339 new cases to bring the state’s total to 5,090. They also added five deaths for a total of 155. That’s an uptick from previous days, and indicates the state is still on the incline of the curve.
Raimondo laid out a plan for reopening her state’s economy. The governor’s stay-at-home order expires on May 8, so it wouldn’t be until at least after then that she would start to loosen restrictions.
In order to execute her “Reopen RI” plan, the state would need to answer “yes” to the following six questions:
- Has the rate of spread continued to decrease?
- Do we have the capacity to quickly identify community spread on an ongoing basis before a major outbreak occurs?
- Do we have necessary supports in place for vulnerable populations, and for anyone in quarantine?
- Does our healthcare system have the capacity and the personal protective equipment to handle future surges?
- Do businesses, schools, child care sites, faith organizations and recreational spaces have plans for long-term social distancing?
- Are we prepared to reimpose measures, or reclose certain sectors of the economy if it becomes necessary?
The governor said her plan is a phased approach that is close in line with the approach laid out by the White House, but more tailored to Rhode Island specifically.