The latest information on Block Island and Covid-19

Thu, 12/17/2020 - 5:30pm

Vaccine update

The Block Island Times reached out to the Medical Center to ask when the island may be receiving Covid-19 vaccines. Medical Center Director Dr. Tom Warcup issued the following statement to The Times on Thursday, Dec. 17:

“There was an article published today in The Washington Post that illustrates the allotment of Covid vaccine to Rhode Island and may help everyone have proper perspective over the next several weeks. Rhode Island has an expected initial shipment of 10,000 doses and only 39,000 by Dec. 31 and that is with the Moderna vaccine being added to the options. That is only enough for 3.7 percent of the state population to be vaccinated by Jan. 1. Rhode Island has 70,000 health care workers and 11,000 nursing home residents. So, in the first round there is not enough to vaccinate the Center for Diseases Control-designated first cohort even with their first of a two-shot series.”

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Travel Advisory

A message from the Town of New Shoreham:

If you are planning on traveling to Block Island from one of the states that has a positivity rate of COVID19 greater than 5 percent, you are required to self-quarantine for 14 days while on the island.

As an exception, you may provide proof of a negative test for COVID19 that was taken within 72 hours prior to arrival on Block Island. If you receive a test during your quarantine on the island and get a negative test result, you can stop quarantining.

However, you still need to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days, wear a mask in public as required by Emergency Ordinance III of The Town of New Shoreham, adopted June 24, 2020, and follow physical distancing guidelines.

You also must quarantine while waiting for a negative test result. States with a 5 percent or greater positivity rate can be found at https://