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SOME PUBLIC HEALTH LEADERS say they're concerned with the loss of Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott as the longtime director of the R.I. Department of Health amid a politically charged pandemic, and they're keeping a close eye on the search for a replacement. / COURTESY WPRI

Public health leaders concerned as McKee searches for new RIDOH chief

PROVIDENCE – In the wake of the resignation of the R.I. Department of Health’s widely respected director, Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, the office of Gov....

R.I. Department of Health investigating vaccination ‘cold spots’

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island public health officials are trying to determine why certain areas of the state are taking fewer vaccinations than their population...

Tiny Central Falls, battered by the virus, tells its stories

CENTRAL FALLS (AP) — The beleaguered people of this tiny city moved quickly through the high school gym’s injection stations and then to rest...
IN RECENT DAYS, vaccine availability in Rhode Island has outpaced demand. Some are calling on the state change its messaging tactics to reach newly eligible age groups. / AP FILE PHOTO/TED S. WARREN

As vaccine demand cools, some warm to idea of new messaging...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island has reached a point where it has more vaccine supply than demand for it. And the population that has yet...
DOUBLE DOSE: A panel of state legislators has been meeting to discuss plans for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, but General Assembly leaders insist the House COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force isn't competing with a committee of vaccine advisers formed by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo. COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF MEDICINE VIA AP

Calling the shots on a new COVID-19 vaccine

A task force of state lawmakers has started meeting to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine and its distribution in Rhode Island, but House leaders say...
RHODE ISLAND could have a small batch of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer Inc. on Dec. 11 after the company receives emergency authorization by the FDA, said Dr. Ashish K. Jha, dean of Brown University's School of Public Health. / COURTESY R.I. CAPITOL TV

R.I. could receive small batch of Pfizer vaccine, if approved, late...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island could receive a small batch of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer Inc. next week after the company receives emergency authorization from...

Beat COVID-19 initiative reaches thousands in Pawtucket, Central Falls

PROVIDENCE – Since its creation on May 1, the Beat COVID-19 initiative in Central Falls and Pawtucket has made contact with more than 3,000...
COLLABORATIVE EFFORT: A staff member from Alert EMS gets a COVID-19 test sample from a drive-up patient at a mobile test site in Central Falls. Alert EMS staff handles the swabbing, CVS Health Corp. runs the machines that process the samples and the University of Rhode Island helps house the machines. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

NO PANACEA: Employers told COVID-19 tests won’t ensure safety in workplace

Rhode Island is a COVID-19 testing leader. At an average of nearly 3,000 tests a day, the state has among the highest rates of testing...
MEASURED ACTIONS: VIBCO mechanical engineering employees Greg Pickering, left, and Claudia Brown place tape on the factory floor to ensure proper social distancing around the time clock. When this photo was taken, face masks were not yet required. / COURTESY VIBCO INC.

R.I. factories have learned lessons in fighting to keep COVID-19 out

Through his involvement in an international organization, Karl Wadensten knew what global manufacturers were doing to try to keep COVID-19 out of their workplaces. Before...

Former R.I. health director to work with RIDOH on behalf of...

PROVIDENCE – Dr. Michael Fine has been appointed by the mayors of Central Falls and Pawtucket to work directly with the R.I. Department of...
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