Information for Businesses

As the state reopens, all business guidance and industry specific reopenening materials are available at www.reopeningRI.com.

Business economic support and guidance can be found at the RI Commerce website or by calling 521-HELP (521-4357).

Reporting Positive Cases to RIDOH

If your business has identified positive cases of COVID-19, please complete this RIDOH COVID-19 Business Report Form (for uploading lists of employees at once, use this form) daily to help RIDOH better assist you in preventing rapid spread of disease and illness in your business and in the community. This only applies to businesses with cases, and excludes healthcare facilities and congregate care sites. Providing us with timely and accurate information is essential to preventing continued spread of this virus.

Returning to Work Information

  • Workers with COVID-19 who have symptoms may return to work after these three things have happened:
    • At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
    • Symptoms have improved and
    • If the person tested positive, at least 10 days have passed sincesymptoms first appeared
  • If the worker tested positive and never had symptoms, they must wait 10 days after the first positive test before returning to work.
  • Except for rare situations, a test-based strategy is no longer recommended to decide when to end isolation.
  • Rhode Islanders who require a letter to verify their quarantine/isolation, or their test negative or positive results, may request a letter which may be sent by encrypted (secure) email within 72 hours upon verification by submitting this online form. Please read the details at the top of the online form to learn more. Please use a personal email address, if possible, as some business, government, and school servers/firewalls may block/reject encrypted (secure) emails. Instructions Types of Letters

Financial Support for Employees

Providing information to your employees will help.

  • Relief for Workers - If workers need to stay home because of COVID-19, there are resources for them. Do not have employees come into work if they are are sick.More
  • Rhode Island Commerce, Relief for Employees English | Spanish
  • Unemployment Insurance Fact Sheet English and Spanish | American Sign Language
  • Unemployment Insurance, COVID-19 Resources: Frequently Asked Questions English

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