• Rhode Island 8 hours ago

    Rhode Island Gov. McKee Vows to Maintain Fight Against Virus

    Rhode Island Gov. Daniel McKee vowed to lead the state back to a sense of normalcy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic during a ceremonial inauguration held Sunday on the Statehouse steps in Providence. The Democrat was officially sworn-in Tuesday night in private following the resignation of former Gov. Gina Raimondo, who is now President Joe Biden’s commerce...

  • Rhode Island 10 hours ago

    Rhode Island Town Close to Allowing Beer at the Beach

    Officials in Westerly are looking into making the serving of beer while at the beach permanent. The town last summer allowed restaurants and bars to serve beer along the beach in Misquamicut as a way to help them make money amid shutdowns and restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic. At a town council meeting this week, Town Manager Mark…

  • Maine Mar 6

    Maine Opens Quarantine-Free Travel for All of New England: What to Know

    There are a lot of big changes for anyone thinking of a going on a trip to Maine or planning an event there this year. As of Friday morning, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are no longer on the state’s travel advisory list, which requires residents of certain states to quarantine for 10 days or test negative for COVID-19 when…

  • Maine Mar 5

    Maine Drops COVID Testing, Quarantine Requirements for Mass., R.I., Conn. Visitors

    Ahead of Maine’s tourism season, Gov. Janet Mills allows visitors from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut to visit the state without quarantining or testing negative for COVID-19.

  • Rhode Island Mar 5

    Concerns Raised About Discharges at State-Run Hospital

    Disability rights organizations as well as public officials are raising concerns about Rhode Island’s efforts to reduce the patient population at a state-run medical facility that treats residents with long-term medical and psychiatric needs. Dr. Normand Decelles Jr., who recently retired from the Eleanor Slater Hospital’s Zambarano campus in Burrillville after 20 years, wrote an open letter that said...

  • coronavirus Mar 4

    Rhode Island Eases Restrictions on Restaurants, Gyms

    Restaurants and gyms can welcome more customers and funeral homes can host more mourners starting Friday as numbers used to measure the spread of the coronavirus in Rhode Island head in the right direction, authorities announced Thursday. “We’re pleased to be able to offer more flexibility to the businesses of this state as our public health conditions improve,” state...

  • Rhode Island Mar 3

    Democrat Dan McKee Sworn in as Rhode Island's 76th Governor

    Democrat Dan McKee has been sworn in as Rhode Island’s 76th governor. McKee was sworn in Tuesday after former governor and fellow Democrat Gina Raimondo officially joined President Joe Biden’s cabinet as U.S. commerce secretary after winning Senate confirmation. The 69-year-old has served as the state’s lieutenant governor since 2015. He is a lifelong resident of Rhode Island and...

  • Gina Raimondo Mar 2

    Gina Raimondo Confirmed as US Secretary of Commerce, Resigns as RI Governor

    The U.S. Senate confirmed Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo as U.S. Secretary of Commerce on Tuesday, with just 15 senators voting no. The vote was 84-15. She needed a simple majority to be confirmed. As secretary of commerce, Raimondo will oversee the Census and the National Weather Service, help negotiate trade deals, promote job creation and more. The Democrat’s...

  • coronavirus Feb 26

    Rhode Island's Coronavirus Death Toll Passes 2,500 Mark

    The number of Rhode Islanders who have died after contracting COVID-19 has passed the 2,500 mark, according to state Department of Health numbers released Friday. With six more virus-related fatalities Thursday, the state’s death toll is now 2,502. The state also reported 437 new confirmed cases of the disease, 399 who tested positive Thursday and the remainder who tested positive…

  • coronavirus Feb 25

    Officials Say Rhode Island's Vaccination Efforts Improving

    Rhode Island is doing a better job of getting coronavirus vaccines into the arms of more people and at a much faster rate than before, Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee said Thursday. McKee, who will take over as governor when Gov. Gina Raimondo is confirmed as President Joe Biden’s commerce secretary, had been critical of the state’s vaccine rollout efforts...

  • Rhode Island Feb 23

    RI Vaccine Deliveries Delayed by Weather Arrive in State

    Some 12,400 doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine scheduled to arrive in Rhode Island on Monday finally landed in the Ocean State on Tuesday, health officials said. Three community coronavirus vaccination locations in Rhode Island had been rescheduling appointments because harsh winter weather in some areas of the country delayed the delivery of the doses. Clinics at the Cranston Senior…

  • Rhode Island Feb 20

    Grants Aim to Make Older Rhode Islanders More Tech Savvy

    The Rhode Island Office of Healthy Aging has awarded a total of $200,000 in grants to 10 organizations to help connect the state’s older residents with their families through modern technology. The funded agencies will equip residents living in areas hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic with smart devices, internet services and related training to help them better access online…

  • 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…

  • coronavirus Feb 18

    Thousands Visit RI's 1st Mass Vaccine Sites on Day 1

    Rhode Island’s first state-run, mass vaccination sites opened Thursday as state officials pledged to speed up the pace of inoculations amid criticism from nearly every corner of the state. Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, director of the state Department of Health, said more than 10,000 appointments have already been booked in the coming days for the new sites at the Dunkin’ Donuts…

  • coronavirus Feb 17

    Rhode Island Opens COVID-19 Vaccine Registration to Residents 75+

    Rhode Islanders 75 and older can now register for an appointment to get the coronavirus vaccine at one of the two state-run vaccination sites. Appointments will begin Feb. 18. Starting Monday, Feb. 22, scheduling will open to any Rhode Islander 65 and older. Phase 1 of Rhode Island’s vaccination process has been focused on health care workers and people who…

  • coronavirus Feb 16

    UK Coronavirus Variant Detected in Rhode Island for 1st Time

    A coronavirus variant first detected in the United Kingdom has been found in three Rhode Island patients. The state Department of Health announced Tuesday that the variant was identified Thursday in one patient in their 60s, one in their 50s, and one in their 20s. The United Kingdom variant is considered more contagious, and may be even be more lethal,…

  • coronavirus Feb 16

    RI Lt. Gov. Says Speeding Up Vaccine Distribution Is His ‘Top Priority'

    Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee sharply criticized the administration of Gov. Gina Raimondo for its COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan, and said when he takes over as governor, speeding up the vaccination process will be his top priority. McKee will take over when Raimondo is confirmed as President Joe Biden’s commerce secretary. “Like most Rhode Islanders, I am not...

  • Rhode Island Feb 15

    URI Establishes Scholarship for Black Pharmacy Students

    The University of Rhode Island has received a $50,000 gift from an alumnus to establish a scholarship for qualified Black students or for students from other underrepresented populations to study to become pharmacists. Fewer than 5% of all pharmacists are Black, the university said in a statement this week, citing information from Pharmacy Times. The scholarship established by the donation…

  • coronavirus Feb 11

    Rhode Island Relaxes Virus Limits on Bars, Houses of Worship

    Churches and other houses of worship in Rhode Island will soon able to welcome more of the faithful for in-person services under the loosening of some coronavirus restrictions. State Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor said Thursday that under the guidelines that take effect Friday, houses of worship will be allowed to fill to 40% capacity, up from the current capacity limit…

  • coronavirus Feb 5

    Rhode Island Eases Some COVID-19 Restrictions on Businesses

    Larger weddings — and other catered events — are allowed again in Rhode Island as key metrics used to measure the spread of the coronavirus continue to move in the right direction, state Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor said Thursday. “With the recent improvements in the public health landscape we’ve looked at each industry sector and sought ways in which we…

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