Rhode Island colleges to become coronavirus testing sites

Warwick campus of the Community College of Rhode Island. File photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is using space at the state’s public colleges to help get people tested for the new coronavirus.

The National Guard is setting up mobile testing sites in parking lots at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Warwick campus and at the University of Rhode Island in South Kingstown.

Testing at CCRI is expected to begin by the middle of the week.

The National Guard will also set up a secure testing site in the Plains Road parking lot on URI’s campus.

Testing will begin Tuesday, will be by appointment only and is only available to prescreened patients who must show a form provided by their physician or the state Department of Health. The goal is to test 600 people per day.

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NURSING HOME PATIENTS

Six residents of a Pawtucket nursing home have tested positive for COVID-19.

Upon feeling sick, the residents were immediately placed into isolation, said Jeff Jacomowitz, a spokesman for Oak Hill.

Twenty-seven other residents were placed into protective isolation.

Almost 300 Rhode Island residents have tested positive for the virus, and three have died, according state state Department of Health numbers released Sunday.

For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death. The vast majority of people recover.