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THE R.I. DEPARTMENT of Health says there have been 65.8 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 Rhode Island residents in the previous seven days, which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines as “substantial transmission.”

R.I. COVID-19 cases increase by 145; no new deaths reported

PROVIDENCE – New confirmed cases of COVID-19 jumped by 145 in Rhode Island, with no new deaths reported, the R.I. Department of Health said...

Block Island officials drafting emergency ordinance for indoor mask mandate

NEW SHOREHAM - Block Island officials are considering an indoor mask mandate to address a notable uptick in COVID-19 cases on the island. The New...

Governments, businesses race to reimpose mask mandates

Governments and businesses are scrambling to change course following new federal guidance calling for the return of mask wearing in virus hot spots amid a dramatic...
THE PROVIDENCE-BASED Care New England Health System and Lifespan Corp. hospital system both announced vaccine mandates for employees starting September 2021. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF MEDICINE VIA AP

Lifespan, CNE announce COVID-19 vaccine mandates for employees, volunteers

PROVIDENCE – The state's two largest hospital systems on Tuesday said that they will soon be mandating thousands of employees to get a COVID-19...

CDC expected to backpedal on some masking guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to backpedal Tuesday on its masking guidelines and recommend that even vaccinated people wear masks...

Cases of Legionnaires’ disease on rise in R.I.

PROVIDENCE - State health officials are investigating an increase over the past two months in reported cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Rhode Island. According to...

Should vaccinated people mask up with COVID-19 cases rising?

Should vaccinated people mask up with COVID-19 cases rising? It depends on your situation, but masking in public can provide another layer of protection and...

R.I. COVID-19 cases rise by 84, with no new deaths

PROVIDENCE – Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Rhode Island increased by 84 on Thursday, with no new deaths, the R.I. Department of Health said...
Dan McConaghy was named executive director of the R.I. Convention Center Authority in March after an eight-month stint as deputy director of the R.I. Department of Administration. Prior to that, McConaghy worked in real estate and construction. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Survive and advance

Daniel P. McConaghy | R.I. Convention Center Authority executive director There’s a popular phrase in the college basketball universe: Survive and advance. It’s about using the...
THE COMEBACK: Jennifer Vinalon returned to the classroom at the University of Rhode Island’s Providence campus 10 years after she stopped pursuing a bachelor’s degree. She graduated in the spring and was a commencement speaker. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Some colleges focus on persuading older students to finish what they...

Graduating college is a milestone for many, perhaps more so in a pandemic. For Jennifer Vinalon, the diploma holds even more significance. Vinalon, 37, earned...

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