Gov. McKee Extends Rhode Island's Pandemic State of Emergency

The order extends the state of emergency until July 9

Daniel J. McKee, Nellie Gorbea

Gov. Daniel McKee has signed an executive order that extends Rhode Island's state of emergency for the coronavirus pandemic until next month.

The order signed Thursday, when the previous order was set to expire, extends the state of emergency until July 9, NBC affiliate WJAR-TV reported.

It first went into effect March 2020 at the start of the coronavirus pandemic and was signed by former Gov. Gina Raimondo.

As more state residents have been vaccinated against COVID-19, the number of new confirmed cases, hospitalizations and deaths have continued to decrease.

Riders have been waiting around 10 or 20 minutes, sometimes even longer, for their Uber or Lyft to show up through most of the pandemic, but that could soon change.

Neighboring Massachusetts' state of emergency is scheduled to end Tuesday.

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