By: Edward L. Blais, JD, CIC

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As we enter our second month of lockdown, we encourage everyone to stay safe. As of this writing, the coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 30,000 Americans, including 118 Rhode Islanders. The state’s current data modeling shows that we have yet to reach the peak in the Ocean State. During these difficult times, it’s more important than ever that we continue to follow the rules. Avoid going out in public as much as possible. If you must, wear a mask and practice social distancing, staying six feet away from other people. 

This is also a time to remember our connections with others. Although we must adhere to social distancing guidelines, there are still ways we can support each other and help fight the pandemic. The Rhode Island Department of Health has a website here explaining how you can help. Some of your neighbors, especially the elderly, may need help with errands and other things at these times. You can find out who in your area may need assistance by creating an account on Finally, this Providence Journal news story lists other volunteer opportunities. We encourage everyone to be that American who goes the extra mile for their neighbor during these times. 

Remember, the better we all follow the rules, the sooner we can get back to normal. We look forward to seeing you all in person hopefully sooner rather than later. In the meantime, be safe and stay healthy.