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MODERNA INC Vaccine arrived at Rhode Island Hospital Dec. 22, which will also help prevent the spread of a new COVID-19 variant that was recently identified in the U.S. [Above] Richard Emery, Lifespan's pharmacy supervisor and Karen Nolan, Lifespan's pharmacy manager. / LIFESPAN CORP./ BILL MURPHY

COVID-19 variant means it’s time to ‘double down’ on protections, say...

PROVIDENCE – A new variant of COVID-19 has been identified in the U.S., but officials from the R.I. Department of Health on Wednesday said...
LEAD INVESTIGATOR: Vincent Mor, a health services professor at Brown University’s School of Public Health, is overseeing a team of researchers who will be tracking potential side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines on nursing home residents.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Brown researchers to track COVID-19 vaccine effects on elderly

As federal authorities begin the distribution of COVID-19 vaccine nationwide, local public health leaders are developing ways to track potential side effects. Brown University’s School...
RHODE ISLAND officials say the first delivery of nearly 10,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and approximately 19,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine could arrive in Rhode Island soon. / AP FILE PHOTO/HANS PENNINK

R.I. outlines COVID-19 vaccination strategy, but some unknowns remain

PROVIDENCE – As Rhode Island continues to get pummeled by the COVID-19 pandemic – with cases overwhelming hospital systems and shuttering businesses – state...
ACROSS THE U.S.., the COVID-19 surge has swamped hospitals with patients and left nurses and other health care workers shorthanded and burned out. / AP FILE PHOTO/JAE C. HONG

U.S. virus deaths top 3,100 in a single day for the...

The United States recorded over 3,100 COVID-19 deaths in a single day, obliterating the record set last spring, while the number of Americans hospitalized...
AN INFLUENTIAL scientific panel on is set to tackle one of the most pressing questions in the U.S. coronavirus epidemic: When the first doses of COVID-19 vaccine become available, who should be at the front of the line for shots? / AP FILE PHOTO/HANS PENNINK

U.S. panel to decide who should get the first COVID-19 shots

NEW YORK (AP) – An influential government advisory panel convened on Tuesday to answer one of the most pressing questions in the United States...
SPEAKER-NOMINEE K. Joseph Shekarchi announced Tuesday a bipartisan House of Representatives task force to oversee the state's implementation of COVID-19 vaccine distribution. / COURTESY CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

Shekarchi appoints bipartisan House task force for vaccine distribution

PROVIDENCE – R.I. House of Representatives Speaker-nominee K. Joseph Shekarchi, D-Warwick, announced Tuesday a bipartisan House task force to oversee the state's implementation of...

Downtown Providence experiencing high rates of opioid overdoses

PROVIDENCE – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza recently shared findings and recommendations of two reports examining the high rates of opioid overdoses and strategies to...

Blue Cross launches COVID-19 risk dashboard

PROVIDENCE – A new public health dashboard created by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is helping the insurer and health care...

Eviction stay fails to appease many

An eviction moratorium is available through the end of the year for residential tenants who file a simple declaration with their landlord, thanks to...
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION has issued a directive via the CDC, halting the eviction of certain renters though the end of 2020 to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. / AP FILE PHOTO/EVAN VUCCI

CDC directs halt to renter evictions to prevent virus spread

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration has issued a directive halting the eviction of certain renters though the end of 2020 to prevent the...

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