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THE CORONAVIRUS has continued to prompt the closure of business and nonprofits around the state. / NIAID-RML via AP

R.I. has first two deaths related to COVID-19; Raimondo issues stay-at-home...

PROVIDENCE - Health officials on Saturday reported the state's first two COVID-19-related deaths, and Gov. Gina M. Raimondo issued a stay-at-home order for all...
EAST PROVIDENCE has created two small-business loan programs to help small and micro-businesses hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.

East Providence starts 2 emergency loan programs for small businesses impacted...

EAST PROVIDENCE – The city has jump-started its own emergency loan fund programs for the smallest of small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO said that Rhode Island has identified 165 cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo doubles down on tracking New Yorkers

PROVIDENCE - Gov. Gina M. Raimondo on Friday doubled down on keeping track of New Yorkers coming into Rhode Island. In addition to authorizing the...
HOUSE SPEAKER Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., left, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md., right, and other bipartisan legislators, signs the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act after it passed in the House on Capitol Hill, Friday, March 27, 2020, in Washington. The $2.2 trillion package will head to head to President Donald Trump for his signature. / AP FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARNIK

House passes $2.2T rescue package, rushes it to Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) – Acting swiftly in an extraordinary time, the House rushed President Donald Trump a $2.2 trillion rescue package Friday, tossing a life...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO on Friday praised the continued cooperation of Rhode Island residents in efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. / COURTESY OF GOVERNOR'S OFFICE

Identified COVID-19 cases in R.I. rise to 203

PROVIDENCE – The number of identified COVID-19 cases in Rhode Island has reached 203, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo said Friday afternoon, an increase of...
SPECIAL DELIVERY: Perella’s Ristorante chef-owner Lou Perella not only cooks the food but is now delivering it, here to CJ Audet-Kelly. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

How much has your job or business changed in response to...

Tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders have been suddenly forced out of the workforce, due largely to government restrictions on businesses and the size...
CHARLIE BAKER has asked all visitors to the state to self-quarantine for 14 days. The Massachusetts tax deadline has also been delayed to July 15. Above, a man exits a subway station in the Seaport District, in BostonMany people are working from home while many businesses have closed indefinitely because of the coronavirus, leaving portions of the city nearly empty. AP FILE PHOTO/ STEVEN SENNE

Baker asks visitors to self-quarantine; taxes delayed

BOSTON (AP) – Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday he is asking visitors arriving in Massachusetts to self-quarantine for 14 days as the state tightens...
RHODE ISLAND unemploymet claims due to COVID-19 continued to skyrocket Thursday. /COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

Unemployment claims due to COVID-19 surpass 57K in R.I.

PROVIDENCE – The number of unemployment insurance claims due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Rhode Island reached 57,725 as of Thursday, increasing by 3,754...
BOOKS TO GO: Jennifer Kandarian, manager of Books on the Square in Providence, has opened a drive-up book drop at the back door for elderly patrons and others too nervous to walk inside the store during the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Coronavirus pandemic deals sudden, crushing blow to R.I. businesses

Like many small businesses, Books on the Square has a manager who keeps a close eye on numbers and trends. More than three weeks...
Keith Hovan. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Five Questions With: Keith Hovan, CEO and president, Southcoast Health System...

Keith Hovan | CEO and president, Southcoast Health System Inc. 1. What measures are being taken by Southcoast Health to address the COVID-19 pandemic?...

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