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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...
CRUSH CONCERNS: Rhode Island health officials see the Crush COVID RI smartphone app as an easy way for people to track their activities for possible contact tracing. Critics see privacy issues with it.

Crush COVID app raises caution flags for some

More than 35,000 people have downloaded the Crush COVID RI phone app that’s designed to make contact tracing easier during the pandemic, but critics...
INUNDATED: Dr. Brian Kwetkowski is a general practitioner with his own practice in East Greenwich. Since the onset of COVID-19, he has been inundated with calls from patients and nonpatients seeking authorization for tests, as well as other medical problems. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Primary care concerns intensified by pandemic

Hospitals dominate headlines when it comes to caring for those sick with ­COVID-19. But the pandemic has also put a spotlight on an oft-overlooked segment...

Pawtucket, Central Falls collaborate on walk-up testing site for COVID-19

PAWTUCKET – Pawtucket and Central Falls have pooled resources to create an incident commence center dubbed CFP Beat COVID-19. Led by Dr. Michael Fine, Pawtucket’s...

Stepping Up: Weekly series highlighting entrepreneurs’ work against COVID-19 to debut...

PROVIDENCE – District Hall Providence and Social Enterprise Greenhouse are going virtual every Wednesday, offering stories on how entrepreneurs are aiding in the fight...
PBN FILE PHOTO/FRANK MULLIN

Five questions with Dr. Michael Fine

Dr. Michael Fine | Public health liaison, Pawtucket 1. What are some of your first priorities after being named health liaison to Pawtucket in...
NEW STATION: Raymond Lavoie, left, executive director, and Dr. Michael Fine, senior clinical and population health officer, stand in front of Blackstone Valley Community Health Care’s new neighborhood health station in Central Falls.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

New Blackstone Valley health center seen as boon to Central Falls...

Drive along Broad Street in Central Falls on a weekend and you’ll see that it plays a significant role in the city’s small economy. “It’s...

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