2 deaths in Rhode Island: Raimondo issues "Stay at Home" order

Members of the National Guard stand as New York Gov Andrew Cuomo gives a daily coronavirus press conference in front of media and National Guard members at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center which is being turned into a hospital to help fight coronavi

Members of the National Guard stand as New York Gov Andrew Cuomo gives a daily coronavirus press conference in front of media and National Guard members at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center which is being turned into a hospital to help fight coronavi

In Rhode Island, Raimondo maintained she's within her emergency powers to impose the aggressive measures and said she had consulted with state lawyers. How a governor can single out the citizens of another state for discriminatory treatment is beyond me.

The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, signed an executive order to mandate travelers from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut to self-quarantine for 14-days once they arrive.

But, in the most dramatic steps taken to date, Rhode Island State Police on Friday began pulling over drivers with NY plates so that National Guard officials can collect contact information and inform them of a mandatory, 14-day quarantine.

"Right now we have a pinpointed risk", Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) said on Friday.

Rhode Island's Roman Catholic bishop is asking all the state's Catholic churches to ring their bells for 5 minutes starting at 9 a.m. every Sunday and continuing until the coronavirus crisis is over.

The Democrat had already deployed the guard to bus stations, train stations and the airport to enforce the executive order, which also applies to anyone who has traveled to NY in the last 14 days.

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Raimondo signed an executive order Thursday that applies to anyone who has been in NY during the past two weeks and through at least April 25. It doesn't apply to public health, public safety, or health-care workers.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has warned that those who don't comply with hisThursday order, which also extends to those coming from New Orleans, risk jail time.

National Guard members will be stationed at the T.F. Green airport, Amtrak train stations and at bus stops. Those states, however, are not hunting down New Yorkers. At the stop itself, a number of officers were assembled around a tent, ready to question vehicle occupants.

Two Rhode Island residents, both over age 70 and both with underlying medical conditions, are the first two deaths from a COVID-19 infection in the state, health officials announced today. During a Thursday press conference she said, "Starting tomorrow, the Rhode Island State Police will be stopping passenger vehicles entering Rhode Island with NY license plates".

Honestly, I'm not sure that's the best argument. But I agree that having an out-of-state plate can't possibly be a legitimate justification for a traffic stop.

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