Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo announced the state's first two coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday in a press conference.
"These were the first two deaths and will certainly not be the last two," Raimondo said at the press conference. "I will say that this is, for me and for all of us, a reminder of the stakes that we face."
The governor also issued a stay-at-home order state-wide on Saturday.
Raimondo's decision comes after she announced that only 50% of residents are complying to social distancing restrictions already in place. The governor said that half of the state’s population is gathering in parks, hosting and attending house parties and not complying to social distancing in grocery stores.
"I've said it last week, I'm going to say it again, knock it off. You're risking the lives of everyone in this state," warned Raimondo.
Raimondo also said that the state now has a total of 239 coronavirus cases, a 39 case increase from Friday.