July 24: Medical Center reports one new Covid-19 positive individual

Also an ‘uptick in symptomatic individuals’
Fri, 07/24/2020 - 3:00pm

COVID-19 Update from the Medical Center and Testing FAQs for July 24, 2020

This week we have seen an uptick in symptomatic individuals and received confirmation of one positive case. The COVID-19 positive individual was asymptomatic and tested at a mainland facility incidentally; the Medical Center was subsequently notified. We are working closely with the RI Department of Health (RIDOH) to perform additional testing as needed. Please be aware that RIDOH has prioritized contact tracing for this individual; public health workers will contact those at risk of exposure; please be patient. If you suspect you have been exposed now or at any time, the best course of action is to quarantine yourself and monitor your health. The RIDOH contact tracing team will assist you with testing and with monitoring your health. If you are tested, you should quarantine yourself until you receive the results and understand that a negative result does not guarantee that you will not develop symptoms. Symptoms can appear 2 to 14 days after exposure. Results are available 5 to 7 days after a nasal swab test.
Extensive information is available at: https://health.ri.gov/covid/

If at any time you suspect that you may have been exposed, and do not have symptoms, you should still quarantine and monitor your health. If you suspect an exposure, please call RIDOH at (401) 222-8022. After business hours dial 211. The Medical Center does not perform contact tracing, we work with the direction of the RIDOH Contact Tracing Team. More information is available at: https://health.ri.gov/covid/contacttracing/
We are in constant communication with the RIDOH and when we become aware of additional cases we immediately coordinate our action plans.

Please remember that there is no direct treatment for COVID-19. The best treatment is to isolate and monitor your health. Even if you do not suspect that you have been exposed, now more than ever, it is important to follow the CDC guidance to minimize the spread and to keep a contact journal. Always wear a face covering in public, social distance (6 feet) from others, wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face, and monitor your health.

The Crush COVID RI app is available from the RIDOH for free and includes a symptom tracker as well as the latest information regarding COVID-19 in RI.


Please be reminded that if you feel sick, have mild symptoms or are concerned that you may have been exposed to a positive individual, you must stay quarantine at home and monitor your health. It is important to refrain from socializing; if you need anything, have deliveries left outside your door; do not go to work, run errands, and isolate from others in your household. If your symptoms worsen, you have a persistent fever of 101o, new loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath or other respiratory symptoms, please call the Medical Center (401) 466-2974 ext. 3


Beginning on July 14, RIDOH dispatched the Disaster Medical Assistance Team to Block Island to test asymptomatic individuals for COVID-19. Testing is prioritized for high-contact individuals such as service industry employees and those who live in communal housing. During the first week of testing, the appointment slots were filled; since then, there have been open appointments every week. If you are asymptomatic and feel you need to be tested, please schedule the test at portal.ri.gov Tests can be scheduled up to 5 days in advance and scheduling closes the day before the test date at 3 PM.

The DMAT team will be here on Tuesdays and Thursdays administering tests at the Block Island Fire and Rescue Barn, 10 Beach Avenue for asymptomatic patients ONLY. If you have any symptoms, call the medical center to schedule a test (401) 466-2974 ext. 3.

[if !supportLists]·      [endif]Sign up for asymptomatic testing must be done online at the RIDOH portal.
The registration process takes about 10 minutes. If you have insurance, please have your plan name, ID number and subscriber information available. 
There is no charge for the test. 

Portal FAQ:

How far in advance can I schedule a test?
The schedule is available 5 days before the test date; if you want a test on Tuesday, July 28, the schedule opened on July 23
rd. The schedule for Thursday, July 30, will open on Saturday, July 25th, and so on.

]What do I do if can’t find Dr. Warcup or Block Island Medical Center listed as my primary care physician?
Leave the box blank. You will be able to move to the next page.

Why do I get the message ‘ineligible for testing through this self-scheduling website’?
If you have symptoms or have been asked by a healthcare professional to get tested, asymptomatic testing is not available to you and you must schedule a test with your doctor or the medical center. More information is available at: https://health.ri.gov/covid/testing/

When will I get my results?
Test results take 5 to 7 days

Do I have to quarantine while I wait for results?

If you are asymptomatic and do not suspect exposure, or if you are self-electing to be tested, you do not need to quarantine. You should follow the guidance to prevent spread: wear a mask in public, social distance, wash hands frequently, monitor your health.
Anyone with symptoms or waiting for test results should quarantine for 14 days or until cleared by RIDOH or their primary care provider.

Can I get a test without an appointment?

Walk-up appointments are not available at the Medical Center or at the RIDOH site. 

What if I don’t see any appointment slots?

The date you have chosen is unavailable or the schedule is full for that day.

The Medical Center will continue to post public health updates as new information becomes available. Please take care; if possible, stay home, minimize your contact with others and remember to follow the guidance to mitigate the spread of COVID-19:

Wear a mask in public

Social Distance (6 feet or more)

Wash hands frequently and avoid touching the face

Monitor your health

Symptomatic individuals should call the Medical Center to make an appointment. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include the following:

Fever or chills


Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

New loss of taste or smell

Please call the front desk to schedule an appointment: (401) 466-2974 ext. 3

We are all in this together, if you have questions or need assistance, please call the Medical Center or consider these additional resources:

RI's Department of Health  has information on services to help during this crisis.

Mental and Behavioral Health Resources 24/7 Crisis Lines

BH Link • Tel: 401-414-5465 • Location: People can also introduce in person to 975 Waterman Ave, East Providence, RI 02914

Kids' Link RI (specifically for children and adolescents) • Tel: 1-855-543-5465

Disaster Helpline • Tel: 1-800-985-5990

Community Care Alliance • Tel: 401-235-7120

Gateway Healthcare • Tel: 401-723-1915 or 401-553-1031

]Newport County Mental Health Center • Tel: 401-846-1213

The Providence Center • Tel: 401-274-7111

]Thrive Behavioral Health • Tel: 401-738-4300

Safe call now (for first responders and their families) • Tel: 1-206-459-3020 24/7

Lines of text

  • TalkWithUs Text at 66746
  • Send CONNECT text to 741741
  • BLUE Text to 741741 (law enforcement only) 24/7

Suicide prevention lines

  • National Suicide Prevention Line: 1-800-273-8255