COVID-19 RI Hotline Information
If you have any questions, please call the Rhode Island COVID-19 hotline at 401-222-8022 Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm or 211 after hours. You can also visit health.ri.gov/covid or write to RIDOH.COVID19Questions@health.ri.gov.
Saint Philomena School Engagement
Saint Philomena School is actively engaged with our local Department of Health, statewide officials and national agencies to confront the challenges posed by the Covid-19 virus. Through daily and ongoing communication with experts and agencies, Saint Philomena School is guided by best practices and directives that prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and families. We join together with all those around Rhode Island to monitor, manage, prepare and respond to the evolving situation. Our school's policies, prevention and preparedness response to this flu season and in particular, the Covid-19 virus, is aligned and responsive to the scientific and health recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Rhode Island Department of Health.
In this evolving situation, we invite families and friends of Saint Philomena School to stay prepared and informed. This page serves to gather and share information and resources that keep us connected in the weeks ahead.
HELPFUL INFORMATION FROM THE CDC
The following is general CDC information to help staff and families understand COVID-19 and the steps they can take to protect themselves:
- What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Stop the spread of germs – help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like COVID-19
- COVID-19 and children
RESOURCES FOR TALKING TO CHILDREN
- How to Talk to Your Kids About the Coronavirus
- Psychology Today: How to Talk to Your Anxious Child About the Coronavirus
- NPR: Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
GUIDANCE FROM THE RI DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Because human coronaviruses most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, Rhode Islanders are reminded to take the same measures that healthcare providers recommend annually to prevent the spread of the flu and other viruses.
- Get your flu shot, and make sure the people around you do the same.
- Wash your hands often throughout the day. Use warm water and soap. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand gel.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Viruses can spread by coughing or sneezing on other people or into your hands.
- Stay home from work or school if you are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.
- Keep surfaces (especially bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, and toys for children) clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant.
If you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19 and you have symptoms of the disease (fever, cough, shortness of breath) reach out to your healthcare provider and call ahead before going to a healthcare facility. The healthcare provider or facility will work closely with RIDOH.
Updates and Resources