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THERE WERE 5,565 unemployment filings Thursday related to the threat of the coronavirus. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

R.I. unemployment claims related to COVID-19 near 30K

PROVIDENCE - Unemployment claims due to COVID-19 had reached 29,428 by the end of Thursday, according to the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. There...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO said Thursday afternoon that the state had confirmed 11 new cases of COVID-19 in Rhode Island since a briefing Wednesday. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

How would you assess the job state and local officials have...

Rhode Island was ranked the “most aggressive” state in the country in trying to contain the spread of coronavirus, in a March 17 report...
INCREASED DEMAND: Tony Folco is a sales manager at information-technology service company IT Support RI, which is now handling increased demand from clients who are taking their businesses remote. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

IT companies scramble to get virtual workplaces installed for clients

As companies across the state transition to remote work, information-technology service firms have been getting slammed with requests to set up the software, security...
TRUE TEST: Mark S. Hayward, director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Rhode Island office, acknowledges that he hasn’t seen a disruption of business quite like the one caused by the coronavirus pandemic. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

R.I. businesses offered SBA help to get through coronavirus epidemic

Mark S. Hayward was in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001. With the metro shut down following the devastating terrorist attacks in New York City...
STEADFAST: Mark S. Hayward, director of the SBA’s Rhode Island district office, says businesses that persevere will find the help they need to bounce back from the corona­virus crisis. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Perseverance, not panic, the path to surviving coronavirus crisis

None of us has been here before, in a rapidly collapsing economy with industries being shut down virtually overnight. But history is still the...
LIFESAVING EQUIPMENT: Lovely R. Suanino, a respiratory therapist at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, N.J., demonstrates setting up a ventilator in the intensive care unit of the hospital in this 2005 file photo. / AP FILE PHOTO/MIKE DERER

Hospitals fear shortage of ventilators for coronavirus patients

U.S. hospitals bracing for a possible onslaught of coronavirus patients with pneumonia and other breathing difficulties could face a critical shortage of mechanical ventilators...

Special mindset needed to work from home

Work-from-home mandates abound right now for office-based professionals in light of worldwide attempts to minimize germs and the impact of the coronavirus. Even in...

U.S. coronavirus crisis long time in making

As the coronavirus pandemic exerts a tighter grip on the nation, critics of the Trump administration have repeatedly highlighted its changes to the nation’s...

Warwick mayor signs executive order to extend tax, utility filing deadlines

WARWICK – Mayor Joseph J. Solomon has signed an executive order to extend city tax and utility payment deadlines due to the COVID-19 pandemic,...

Newport announces series of financial relief programs

NEWPORT – A new series of financial relief measures have been put in place to help ease the potential economic impact of the COVID-19...

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