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Reopening Schools: Contact Tracing, Virus Spread, Walk Throughs

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Reopening Schools: Contact Tracing, Virus Spread, Walk Throughs

Data: The R.I. Department of Health said there were 53 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Rhode Island to 22,078. There was 1 new death on Wednesday for a total of 1,051. East Greenwich has 134 confirmed cases and 3,794 EG residents have been tested, 29 percent of the town’s population (13,073). Find the most recent data at the DOH data hub HERE .

Gov. Gina Raimondo reviewed how contact tracing and case investigation will take place when a student or staff member at school tests positive for COVID-19. That’s because, she acknowledged, there will be cases of the virus when in-person school resumes later this month. The EG School Committee voted Tuesday to approve a plan that will have students back in class in a staggered fashion, starting Sept. 14. “We know we’re gonna see positive cases,” Raimondo said. “By the way, we’re seeing positive cases now amongst children. They’ve been in childcare all summer, they’ve been in sports all summer, they’ve been having summer jobs, at the grocery store. We can’t stop that. What we can do is quickly identify the positive cases, put our systems into action, do our contact tracing, quarantine all the close contacts to prevent outbreaks and to allow for a smooth operation of school; as smooth as is possible considering the circumstance.”

She said there will be a dedicated K-12 contact tracing system for students and staff at both public and private schools, similar to the hotline for virus testing . There are 50 members on this team and if more members are necessary, they’ll be […]

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