Medical Center Information

Fri, 05/01/2020 - 11:45am


Thank you to all of you who are adhering to the guidelines in these updates and outlined in the Emergency Ordinance. Your efforts are working to keep Block Island safe and it is important not to let up our guard but rather to stay vigilant and careful as we navigate the COVID-19 crisis.

It is understandable to be upset or angry if you see a fellow Block Islander not following the rules; however, if everyone takes personal responsibility for themselves and their family, they will remain safe even if someone else fails to comply. It is equally important to show compassion and respect for anyone who contracts this virus. This can happen to any of us. Blaming and judging deters others from seeking care and testing and this failure to seek care would be counterproductive to the safety of all islanders.

We are happy to report the continued recovery of our confirmed COVID-19 patient. He was transferred out of the ICU and continues to improve. We anticipate a full recovery. We traced and tested known contacts of this patient and their results are negative for COVID.

There are no new suspected or confirmed Block Island COVID-19 cases at this time. However, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread in all states and in Rhode Island and continues to threaten the health of our community. Our best defense is to continue to follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the R.I. Department of Health and reinforced by our local Town Emergency Declaration.

We urge all Block Islanders to rigorously adhere to the directives outlined below and in the Town of New Shoreham Emergency Ordinance. The Town of New Shoreham updated the Emergency Ordinance to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the community from COVID-19. A shelter in place order went into effect on March 23, at 5 p.m.


• Follow the Shelter in Place rule

• Wear a mask of scarf when in public.

• Self-quarantine for 14 days when returning from any trip off island.

• Reach out to the Medical Center by telephone if you feel ill or if you have a known COVID-19 exposure.

Stay home and stay safe. By protecting your own health, you are protecting everyone’s health.

Please read the entire ordinance on the Town website:

The Medical Center recognizes the need for continued primary and urgent care of our patients and that unique health concerns arise in a time of uncertainty or crisis. We are here and continue to respond to our community’s needs.

The Medical Center is scheduling telephone visits with Dr. Clark. Please call (401) 466-2974 ext. 3, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to schedule an appointment.