• coronavirus Aug 25

    School Committee Pushes Back on RI Governor's School Mask Rules

    A Rhode Island school committee is pushing back against the governor’s executive order requiring masks in schools, voting to allow “conscientious objections” to the directive. The Glocester School Committee also voted Monday night to authorize lawyers to explore the legality of Gov. Daniel McKee’s order issued last week that requires students, staff and faculty in the state’s schools to...

  • outdoor dining Jul 26

    Rhode Island Gov. Signs Bill Allowing Eateries to Continue Outdoor Dining

    Gov. Dan McKee has signed into law legislation allowing restaurants to continue to use COVID-19 modifications, including outdoor dining and takeout windows. The legislation imposes a moratorium on the enforcement of any municipal ordinance or zoning requirement that would penalize restaurants and bars for modifications made in response to emergency orders from state or local officials. The moratorium is effective…

  • Massachusetts Apr 13

    New England States Pause Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Appointments

    All six New England states on Tuesday announced a pause on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after U.S. health officials announced they would immediately stop administering doses at federal sites. Officials in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont and Maine said they had recommended that vaccinators that have made Johnson & Johnson appointments not administer those doses....

  • Rhode Island Mar 23

    Rhode Island Making More First-Dose Appointments Available

    The Rhode Island Department of Health made about 4,000 first-dose coronavirus vaccination appointments available on Tuesday. The appointments for the Moderna vaccine were for March 30 through April 3 at the state-run mass vaccination site at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence. More first-dose appointments will be made available on Wednesday, but a department spokesperson said in a statement that…

  • Rhode Island Mar 22

    Rhode Island Makes All Residents in One City Eligible for Vaccine

    The city of Pawtucket on Monday opened coronavirus vaccination eligibility to all adults who live in the city. Residents must be 18 or older to receive a Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine or 16 or older for a Pfizer shot, Mayor Donald Grebien said in a statement. “There is a demand in the community for vaccines, and we are…

  • Rhode Island Mar 20

    Over 200 Rhode Island Teachers Receive Displacement Notices

    The Providence School Department has notified 270 staff, mostly teachers, that they will need to apply for different jobs this spring as a result of ending one-year positions and failure to meet certification requirements. The U.S. Justice Department has ordered the school district to hire more English as a Second Language teachers after the federal department found rampant deficiencies in…

  • Rhode Island Feb 20

    RI Creates Website to Collect Household Information as Part of Vaccine Rollout

    As part of its plan to get the coronavirus vaccine to residents who cannot leave their homes, Rhode Island health officials on Friday launched a website to gather information about the housebound. The site does not allow people to sign up for a vaccination appointment — it is simply to collect information for planning purposes, the state Department of Health…

  • Rhode Island Jan 10

    RI Lt. Gov. Quarantining at Home

    Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee is quarantining at home after coming into close contact with someone who later tested positive for COVID-19, officials said Saturday. The lieutenant governor learned of the close contact Saturday morning, has since tested negative and is showing no symptoms, officials said. He will continue to be tested and will remained quarantined until midnight on Jan. 12,…

  • Gina Raimondo Dec 16, 2020

    RI Gov. Raimondo Warns of COVID-19 Testing Site Closures Ahead of Storm

    Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo said in a message Tuesday night that COVID-19 test scheduling has been suspended for Thursday. She also urged residents to check if their testing site is closed Thursday if they already have a test scheduled. Closures well be posted on the state Department of Health’s social media channels, Raimondo said. Some outdoor testing sites may...

  • Rhode Island Nov 29, 2020

    RI Airport Offers Rapid Coronavirus Testing Thanksgiving Weekend

    People flying into T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island, Thanksgiving weekend will have the opportunity to get a COVID-19 test shortly after landing, NBC affiliate WJAR reports. The voluntary, rapid tests were offered to anyone arriving at the airport in a roped area near the baggage claim. The free coronavirus tests will be performed by The National Guard...

  • Rhode Island Oct 21, 2020

    Rhode Islanders Urged Not to Travel for Thanksgiving Amid Rising COVID Cases

    With the Thanksgiving holiday still a month away and cases of the novel coronavirus on the rise, Gov. Gina Raimondo is asking Rhode Island residents not to travel and to celebrate responsibly in smaller groups. During her Wednesday news conference, Raimondo said like all holidays this year, Thanksgiving will be different and residents need to adjust. “I know that’s...

  • coronavirus Oct 5, 2020

    Providence College to Resume in-Person Learning After COVID Outbreak

    Providence College hopes to resume in-person classes for all students on Oct. 12, the school’s president said. Before that, the week of Oct. 5 is focused on further extensive testing of the student body, the Rev. Kenneth Sicard said. He said students who left on-campus or off-campus residences during a stay-at-home period that started on Sept. 17 will be tested…

  • University of Rhode Island Sep 26, 2020

    URI Cancels Spring Break Over Coronavirus Concerns

    The University of Rhode Island has joined a growing number of U.S. colleges canceling spring break to reduce travel and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. University officials announced the measure Friday evening, a week after the Faculty Senate approved the change, according to The Providence Journal. It was also supported by university President David Dooley. Classes will continue from...

  • coronavirus Sep 18, 2020

    Providence College Moves to Remote Learning After 80 Students Test Positive for COVID

    Providence College has issued a stay-at-home order and moved to remote learning after over 80 students tested positive for the coronavirus, the school announced Thursday night. College President Rev. Kenneth Sicard said in an email to students and faculty that the school is issuing a stay-at-home order for all students and all students living on campus will be tested. The…

  • Rhode Island Aug 5, 2020

    Gov. Raimondo: New Rule Enforcements for Travelers, RI Bars to Shorten Hours

    In a COVID-19 update, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced that starting Sunday, anyone coming from a state on Rhode Island’s quarantine list will be required to sign a compliance certificate that they either tested negative for COVID-19 or they plan to quarantine for 14 days.

  • Rhode Island Jul 5, 2020

    Rhode Island Nursing Home Group Defends Coronavirus Response

    A Rhode Island nursing home trade group is defending the way its members cared for residents during the coronavirus pandemic, after Gov. Gina Raimondo pledged more scrutiny of the facilities as the state recovers. Rhode Island’s “nursing homes and our workers fought tirelessly against this virus, yet without the proper tools and support, they were climbing uphill,” Rhode Island...

  • Newport Boat Show Jul 1, 2020

    Pandemic Forces Cancellation of Newport Boat Show

    The coronavirus pandemic has claimed this year’s Newport International Boat Show. Newport Exhibition Group announced Tuesday that the annual event scheduled to take place Sept. 17-20 at the Newport Yachting Center has been canceled. Rhode Island has limited the number of people who can attend outdoor events to 250 in the third phase of its economic reopening plan. Show operator…

  • coronavirus in rhode island Jun 27, 2020

    RI Has 1st Case of Rare Coronavirus-Related Condition in Kids

    Rhode Island has had its first case of a rare but serious inflammatory condition in children that has been linked to the coronavirus, state Department of Health Director Nicole Alexander-Scott said Friday. The child was diagnosed with multisystem inflammatory syndrome Thursday and tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, she said. The child is in the hospital….

  • Rhode Island Jun 5, 2020

    Gov. Raimondo, Black Lives Matter RI Call for ‘Action and Unity'

    Gov. Gina Raimondo joined Black Lives Matter Rhode Island’s Gary Dantzler to discuss racial injustice across the state at an event on Friday morning. Raimondo praised last weekend’s peaceful protest over the death of George Floyd while denouncing the violence that occurred on Monday night in Providence. “It was a very, very difficult, painful night for the city,” she...

  • Rhode Island May 27, 2020

    New Guidelines for RI Gyms, Fitness Centers Unveiled

    Gov. Gina Raimondo on Wednesday provided guidelines on the reopening of gyms and fitness centers when Rhode Island begins Phase 2 of reopening. During her daily news conference, Raimondo said under Phase 2, which she hopes will begin June 1, gyms and fitness centers will be able to resume in-person activity on a limited basis with restrictions. The governor said…

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