National Guard fully activated, tax deadline pushed to July

Flanked by members of her cabinet and an interpreter for the hearing impaired, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced the closing of DMV satellite offices and urged residents stay away from most state offices in the face of the coronavirus pandemic on March 16, 2020. File photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has fully activated the state National Guard to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

She says the Friday order means about 1,000 troops will be available to staff call centers, deliver food, or operate drive-by testing centers.

The Democrat also says the state’s April income tax filing deadline will be pushed back to July 15 to align with the new extended federal deadline.

The state Attorney General’s office is also warning about a new scam trying to cash in on the pandemic.

And health officials say the state now has more than 50 cases of the virus, up 10 from Thursday.