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COVID COVERAGE: Dr. Philip Chan, consultant medical director at the R.I. Department of Health, says downgrading the emergency status for the COVID-19 pandemic will not change the availability of vaccines and treatments. 
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Health insurers will soon have option to start charging for COVID...

For the past three years, grabbing an over-the-counter or laboratory COVID-19 test has been easy, relatively quick and entirely free. But soon, some Rhode...

A maskless step toward normalcy

As hospitals across the state make masks optional for patients and staff for the first time in three years, health care leaders feel confident...
Dr. Philip Chan / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With: Dr. Philip Chan

Dr. Philip Chan | Consultant medical director, R.I. Department of Health 1. Should we expect another ­COVID-19 surge this winter? We may see an increase in COVID-19...

Rhode Island kicks off flu vaccination campaign

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island kicked off this year’s flu vaccination campaign in October, with health leaders encouraging all Rhode Islanders older than 6 months...

R.I. escalates efforts to contain monkeypox

Treating a cough or sore throat used to be a lot simpler. But since the COVID-19 outbreak more than two years ago, common symptoms...
GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE announced new COVID-19 data protocols that are being adopted by the state and new isolation policies for child care facilities in the state during his press conference on March 4. / SCREENSHOT FROM WPRI-TV CBS 12

McKee: With new protocols, R.I. no longer ‘high transmission’ for COVID-19

PROVIDENCE – While it has long considered itself in a stage of “high transmission,” Rhode Island is now adopting a new risk assessment model...
THREE QUARTERS of Rhode Islanders who have received the vaccine against COVID-19 are under age 60. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

25% of vaccine doses have been received by Rhode Islanders 60...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Islanders who are anxiously awaiting vaccination against the COVID-19 virus will now have a better idea of who has been getting...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT of Health said that due to the mild side effects caused by the COVID-19 vaccine, staff members of long-term care facilities should be vaccinated in phases to prevent multiple staff members from not feeling well at once. / AP PHOTO/TED S. WARREN

RIDOH: Nursing home staff should be vaccinated in phases

PROVIDENCE – In the coming days, staff from Woonsocket-based CVS Health Corp. and Walgreens will soon be traveling to Rhode Island's long-term care facilities...

R.I. approves vaccine, first doses distributed to hospitals

PROVIDENCE – A portion of Rhode Island's frontline health care workers were set to receive the first federally approved COVID-19 vaccine Monday. The Rhode Island...
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...
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