Rhode Island

RI Gov. Encourages Families to Avoid Gathering for Easter

Seven more coronavirus-related deaths were reported in the state

With Easter Sunday looming, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo urged families to make the difficult choice to continue social distancing and avoid gathering with one another in order to keep combating the spread of COVID-19.

"I'm asking you, please do not do it," Raimondo said. "Even one or two or three days of letting up on social distancing will really set us back."

The Ocean State reported seven more deaths due to the coronavirus on Saturday, bringing the total to 56. Five of the deaths were tied to nursing homes. Hospitalizations were up to 183, an increase of 14 patients from Friday, while 334 more residents tested positive, bringing the total to 2,349.

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