Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Information & Resources

ATTENTION RESIDENTS OF NORTH KINGSTOWN


We have put together this page in order to provide members of the public with information and resources on COVID-19 (coronavirus) and to promote awareness, prevention, and preparedness in our community. Residents are strongly encouraged to stay up to date on the Federal, State, and local response to and guidance on the evolving COVID-19 situation. All residents, and especially seniors and people of all ages with underlying health conditions, are strongly encouraged to minimize their risk through the use of social distancing, proper handwashing, proper cough and sneeze etiquette, and the Town encourages residents of all ages to eliminate unnecessary travel, and to stay home if you are sick. This page will be updated as additional information becomes available.

RIDOH Press Releases

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) has issued a number of press releases regarding COVID-19 providing helpful information, resources, and updates - including directives from the Governor for all residents. Use the link below to access RIDOH’s most recent press release, and those issued in the last few weeks.
RIDOH Press Releases
 Rhode Island Foundation and United Way, Microsoft Providing Support to Rhode Islanders

Town of North Kingstown Press Releases

The Town’s formal press releases regarding COVID-19 are linked below. Updates will also be shared on social media via the Town’s official Facebook page. Because of the evolving nature of this ongoing community health situation, the Town may implement additional mitigation measures with short notice, and the information provided here is subject to change. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Notice Regarding Transfer Station
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 20 - 06
Notice Regarding Parks and Beaches
Finance Press Release 04/01/2020
Administrative Order 20-05
DOH Travel Restrictions/DMV Extension 03/29/2020
COVID-19 Workplace Fact Sheet 03.25.2020
March 19 2020 UPDATE
National Grid Press Release 03192020
Administrative Order 20-03 03/17/2020
Declaration of Local State of Emergency Order 03/16/2020
COVID-19 RECREATION CANCELLATIONS 03/16/2020
March 13th COVID update
Senior Center Closing 03/12/2020
March 16th Town Council Meeting
COVID-19 UPDATE 1 03152020
COVID-19 UPDATE 2 03152020


Information for Businesses: http://northkingstown.org/458/Economic-Development 

The SBA Rhode Island District Office is hosting a series of Small Business Recovery webinars: www.sba.gov/ri 

Travel Guidance


As indicated in the RIDOH March 13th, 2020 press release, the Governor directed, "All people who have traveled anywhere internationally in the last 14 days (and going forward) are being urged to self-quarantine. That means not going to work, not going to school, and staying home." Additionally, the Governor directed "all Rhode Islanders are being urged to avoid all crowded places, large events, and mass gatherings. This is social distancing. However, people should continue doing essential errands (such as going to the grocery store." On March 7th, the Governor issued a directive regarding overnight travel in the US, and that all people who have traveled anywhere overnight in the US in the last 14 days (and going forward) to monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19. The CDC has also provided guidance for travelers regarding COVID-19.
CDC Travel Guidance
CDC Travel FAQ

CDC & RIDOH Online Resources


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) websites offer a wealth of information and resources regarding COVID-19. The Town is working closely with RIDOH to monitor the ongoing situation and its impacts locally.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website
Visit the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) website

CDC & RIDOH Quick Links

CDC Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities (PDF)
CDC COVID-19 FAQ
What You Need to Know About COVID-19 CDC Fact Sheet (PDF)
Stop the Spread of Germs CDC Fact Sheet (PDF)
Share Facts (Not Fears) About COVID-19 CDC Fact Sheet (PDF)
CDC Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 if You Are Sick
What to Do if You Are Sick CDC Fact Sheet (PDF)
Handwashing CDC Poster (PDF)
CDC COVID-19 Situation Summary
CDC COVID-19 US Cases
RIDOH COVID-19 RI Cases
CDC COVID-19 Printable Resources, Flyers & Posters

Local Partners

The Town is working closely with local partners, including but not limited to the North Kingstown School Department to monitor the ongoing situation and its impacts locally. Please visit their websites for information and updates specific to the populations they serve as well.
North Kingstown School Department
NKSD Talk Feedable


NKPD & NKEMS Preparedness

The North Kingstown Police Department and the North Kingstown Emergency Medical Services Department are following guidance from RIDOH and the CDC and have implemented procedures to support COVID-19 transmission prevention efforts.

Municipal Department Preparedness

The Town has implemented enhanced disinfecting efforts throughout our municipal buildings, and has closed some municipal buildings to the public. In those that remain open to the public, hand sanitizer is available for public use, and disinfecting wipes are available as well. The Town is strongly encouraging members of the public to practice social distancing, and if you are not feeling well, to please stay home. The Town is encouraging residents in need of service from any of our municipal departments to call or email for assistance, and we are happy to help. Residents can also go online as a number of resources are available on the Town’s website. Click here to access the Town’s Staff Directory.

North Kingstown School System will be closed next week as all public schools throughout Rhode Island will be recognizing next week as “Spring Break”. Please visit www.nksd.net for more information.

We are encouraging and advising all residents and businesses to take advantage of the many services we provide in order to discourage visitors to the Municipal Office Building during this time. The following services are available:

April 28th Presidential Preference Primary – Mail ballot applications are available at the following website: https://vote.sos.ri.gov/Conte…/…/Calendar/PPP-MailBallot.pdf

Voter Information – to check your voter status and register to vote please visit: https://vote.sos.ri.gov/

Marriage, Birth and Death Certificates – Please visit http://www.northkingstown.org/440/Vital-Records

Land Evidence (Deeds/Mortgages) – Please visit the following link to search land records for North Kingstown: https://countyfusion7.kofiletech.us/countyweb/login.do…

Land Evidence Filings can be sent to us for recording to: Town Clerk’s Office, 100 Fairway Drive, North Kingstown, RI 02852

Probate: for forms please visit the following website: https://www.sos.ri.gov/div…/business-services/probate-forms/

Probate questions and inquiries please call (401) 268-1550 or email: ProbateCourt@northkingstown.org

Business Licenses – Please call (401) 268-1554 or e-mail Licenses@northkingstown.org with questions or to request applications for the various licenses.

Municipal Court – on-line payments can be made by visiting: https://www.curiasystems.com/payment# questions and inquiries please call (401) 268-1557 or email: MunicipalCourt@northkingstown.org

Water Payments – bill payments (along with septic pump out/inspection receipts) can be dropped off in the drop box outside of the Municipal Office Building at 100 Fairway Drive. Water Bills can also be paid online through our website at www.northkingstown.org. Type the last name of the primary account holder into the data field and hit enter to access your individual account.

Closing readings for the Water Department in the form of a photo of the actual meter face for real estate sales can be emailed to jrainha@northkingstown.org or kroberts@northkingstown.org. You are also able to pose bill related questions via these email addresses as well.

Online Permitting System – you can access our online permitting system via https://northkingstownri.viewpointcloud.com/.

Applications for Zoning Board of Review, Historic District Commission, Subdivisions/Land Developments, Development Plan, Comprehensive Permits, Comprehensive Plan Amendments or Zoning Amendments:

Applications are available at http://northkingstown.org/191/Applications

Paper submissions and fees can be mailed to the Planning Department, 100 Fairway Drive, North Kingstown RI 02852

Inquiries or digital submission materials can be emailed to nlafontaine@northkingstown.org. Large documents must be sent via an FTP site or similar. * At this time digital applications may begin the review process but applications will not be considered complete until fee and required paper copies are submitted. You will receive a confirmation email that your emailed information has been received.

Wickford Village Design Overlay:

Inquiries can be emailed to nlafontaine@northkingstown.org

If wishing to submit, start with a building permit application on Viewpoint https://northkingstownri.viewpointcloud.com/ and staff will contact you with determination of whether your project is administrative or if it requires WVDGO Committee review.

Zoning Certificates:

Application available at: http://northkingstown.org/…/Application-for-Zoning-Certific…

Can be mailed with the fee to Planning Department, 100 Fairway Drive, North Kingstown RI 02852 and digital copy of your application can be emailed to nlafontaine@northkingstown.org

Property Information Requests (zoning, lot size, setbacks, OWTS, land use and zoning history, project status, abutter inquiries on projects, flood zone information, easement and deed inquiries, approval inquiries:

Please email nlafontaine@northkingstown.org and you will receive a response from a member of our staff.

File Review Requests:

Please email nlafontaine@northkingstown.org. If materials are available digitally, we will forward them to you. If your review request requires a visit to the office we will schedule such via email.

Regulatory Information (zoning ordinance/subdivision regulations/process questions):
Please email nlafontaine@northkingstown.org and you will receive a response from a member of our staff.
Court reporter fees and recording fees can be mailed to Planning Department, 100 Fairway Drive, North Kingstown RI 02852.

Payment of Taxes – you can make tax payments (and water payments) via a toll free # 1-877-690-3729 (jurisdiction code needed of 4914) if you have your 10 digit account number. We also have a payment drop box outside of our Municipal Office Building at 100 Fairway Drive.

Also, the Citizen Self Service Portal at https://northkingstown.munisselfservice.com/ allow taxpayers to make payments on all types of taxes as well as water(Utility) payments. You may also look up payment history information to assist with the your 2019 Income tax filings.

Some helpful tips for looking up various information on this portal include:

The bill year defaults to our current collection year of 2019 if you wish to search for a previous year you must change the default.

MV and PP tax searches – Enter ONLY the last name, no plate #, customer #, property ID etc.

RE tax searches – enter Parcel ID without the dashes, or enter address with the # and just the name of the road, example 123 Main Street would be searched as 123 Main

Utility Searches – same as RE Tax

We hope this information is helpful as we strive to provide the necessary administrative services to our residents while discouraging visitors to our Municipal Office Building whenever possible and work with a reduced staff at this time. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We will be sure to keep you up to date.

Symptoms

The CDC has advised that reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and even death for confirmed COVID-19 cases, and that the symptoms commonly appear 2-14 days after exposure. The CDC and RIDOH advise that common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. RIDOH has advised that people who think they have COVID-19 should call their healthcare provider, and should not go directly to a healthcare facility without first calling a healthcare provider (unless they are experiencing a medical emergency). The CDC and RIDOH have advised that older people and people of any age with severe underlying health conditions or have a compromised immune system seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness. RIDOH reminds the public that there are many respiratory illnesses circulating in Rhode Island, such as the flu and the common cold, and that while members of the public should remain vigilant regarding COVID-19, having respiratory symptoms does not mean that you have COVID-19.
CDC Guidance on Symptoms

Personal Prevention

The CDC advises that everyone can help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19, and that everyday preventative actions can help. The CDC recommends frequent handwashing with soap and warm water; coughing and sneezing into your elbow or a tissue; avoid touching mouth, nose, and eyes; disinfect commonly touched surfaces; social distancing and if you are sick, stay at home. RIDOH is encouraging social distancing such as when greeting people, avoiding handshakes and hugs, and avoiding close personal contact in public. RIDOH is encouraging activities that promote a healthy immune system, such as getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, managing stress, drinking plenty of fluids, and eating nutritious foods.
CDC Prevention & Treatment

Community Prevention

The CDC has provided guidance on COVID-19 prevention efforts in the community, such as at home and at school, as well as providing guidance for businesses and employers, healthcare settings, and first responders.
CDC Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities (PDF)
CDC Community Prevention Guidance

RIDOH Hotline

People with general questions about COVID-19 can call the RIDOH hotline available to the public at (401) 222-8022 (people are being directed to call 211 after hours) or write to RIDOH.COVID19Questions@health.ri.gov.


Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Sincerely

A Ralph Mollis
RMollis@northkingstown.org
401-268-1501
FAX: 401-583-4140

Chief Scott G. Kettelle
401-294-3346 EXT. 7200
FAX:401-294-4180
SKettelle@northkingstown.org