Rhode Island Reports Its First Coronavirus Case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Rhode Island's Department of Health confirms a man in his 40s who recently traveled to Italy, Spain, and France is the state's first "presumptive positive" case of coronavirus.

The man has reportedly had limited travel in Rhode Island since he returned from Italy in mid-February.

In a news release, Rhode Island DPH director, Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott said the department has been "preparing for weeks to ensure that we have a structure in place to, to the best of our ability, limit or prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Rhode Island."

Officials have not released the name of the patient.

Alexander-Scott and Governor Gina Raimondo held a press conference at 11:45 a.m. Sunday with more information. Read what they said by clicking here.

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