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Please continue to wear face coverings and follow CDC protocol to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.


LITTLE COMPTON WEEKLY UPDATE

December 7, 2020

Dear Residents, Businesses, and Community Partners,

I hope you and your family are doing well and staying safe. 

Rhode Island continues to operate under the two-week “Pause” to slow the spread of COVID-19. The need for Rhode Islanders to stay home and wear masks has never been greater. Our healthcare system is stretched to the max due to the record number of hospitalizations.  

We all must make immediate changes to our daily activities and routines. Residents should limit the amount of people they are in contact with and the number of places they are going on a daily basis.

We owe it to the doctors, nurses and health professionals have been working non-stop since the start of the pandemic, to follow the guidelines. Support our frontline workers.  

More details about the Pause are available here, and below.

Shop Local Rhode Island also has a full listening of Rhode Island businesses and services.

 Businesses:

  • Restore Rhode Island Small Business Grant Program: December 8th is the last day to apply.
  • Grant Program for Rhode Island on Pause: FAQs on grants for businesses subject to new virus-related restrictions
  • Enhanced Capital Rhode Island Small Business Loan Program: Micro loans of $10,000 - $50,000 per company and larger term loans of up to $1 million per company. Applications now available here. Distribution expected in January.
  • Remote Work Program: In-kind technology grants are available for businesses and nonprofits with two to 100 employees. Businesses can apply to receive hardware or software needed to bring their employees to remote work
  • For more assistance programs, please visit the Business section below.

 

Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation.

Sincerely,

Antonio A. Teixeira, Town Administrator

 

 

 

General Information:

 

 

  • Travel:
  • Please limit your travel
  • Testing for those planning to travel
  • Testing Rhode Islanders who travel to or from the states listed heremust quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Rhode Island or schedule an asymptomatic test.

 

  • Behavioral Health Resources
    • Adults in need of mental or behavioral health support should call BH Link at 414-LINK (5465). For services for children, call 1-855-543-5465.
    • People with moderate to severe opioid use disorder (OUD) can access telehealth service for initiation of buprenorphine treatment at 401-606-5456.

 

  • Business Support
    • Business Assistance: For business economic support, constituents should visit www.commerceri.com, call Commerce RI at 401-521-4357 (HELP), or email them at info@commerceri.com.
    • Restore Rhode Island Small Business Grant Program: December 8th is the last day to apply.
    • Grant Program for Rhode Island on Pause: FAQs on grants for businesses subject to new virus-related restrictions
    • Enhanced Capital Rhode Island Small Business Loan Program: Micro loans of $10,000 - $50,000 per company and larger term loans of up to $1 million per company. Applications now available here. Distribution expected in January.
    • Remote Work Program: Businesses can apply to receive hardware or software needed to bring their employees to remote work
    • Please encourage your employees to sign up for asymptomatic testing at ri.gov

 

  • Child and Family Assistance
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants are now able to select and pay for their groceries online using their EBT card at Amazon and participating Walmart stores. For more details, visit ri.gov.
    • American Red Cross: Established the Virtual Family Assistance Center to support those that lost loved ones. Visit their website or call (833) 492-0094.

 

 

  • Employment Support
    • RI Navigator provides resources for jobseekers to learn new skills, explore career options, and prepare for a job. RI Reconnect [r20.rs6.net].
  • Employment: Jobseekers should visit http://www.EmployRI.org to find jobs as well as other important resources including information on unemployment insurance, résumé tips, and other COVID-19 updates.
  • Unemployment Insurance: Visit ri.gov for information, applications, and factsheets. Contact the Department of Labor and Training at 401-234-4280 or dlt.covid19@dlt.ri.gov.

 

  • Food and Medication Delivery Services
  • RI Delivers: Through the Office of Healthy Aging, RI Delivers connects those in quarantine or isolation with access to food and medication delivery services. To contact call 2-1-1 or the Point at 401-462-4444. Visit RIDelivers.com
  • RI Thrives is available for deliveries of groceries, medication, and health, beauty & medical supplies. For more information go to: rithrives.com.

 

  • Housing Assistance and Information
  • Safe Harbor Housing Program: an eviction diversion effort to serve as an alternative to the traditional eviction process and provide landlords and tenants an opportunity to work towards a solution outside of the court system. Tenants who are behind in their rent because of COVID-19 and in danger of eviction, or who have already received an eviction notice, can call 211 to be connected to the program.
  • Renters and Homeowners: For constituents seeking housing-related information and resources, visit: https://www.rihousing.com/covid-19/
  • Housing Help RI: The statewide homelessness prevention initiative provides emergency housing assistance to very low-income renters who have been severely affected by the COVID-19 emergency and are at immediate risk of homelessness. Visit: https://www.housinghelpri.com/

 

Violence Prevention Support

  • Safe at Home: The Rhode Island State Police launched Safe at Home to raise awareness of the threat of increased violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Safe at Home is focused on connecting with those who may be facing violence at home and providing all Rhode Islanders with resources to identify and help those at-risk.
  • Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and member agencies are open, as are domestic violence shelters. Those seeking help can call 1-800-494-8100.

 

Additional Resources and Support

  • RI Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing - The Commission now has a website dedicated to COVID-19, with specific information that is critically important to members of the community with hearing loss. The site has videos presented in American Sign Language http://www.cdhh.ri.gov/covid-19/

 

 

Questions About COVID-19:

Please visit the R.I. Dept. of Health website for factual up-to-date information or call 401-222-8022. In addition, the United Way is available 24-7 to answer questions and connect residents with resources through their 211 hotline.

 

 

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