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CVS to hire 15K in Q4 due to COVID-19 and flu...

WOONSOCKET – CVS Health Corp. expects to hire 15,000 employees in the fourth quarter, the company said on Oct. 19. Two-thirds of the hires will...
AT THE READY: Julia Tiberi, CVS pharmacy manager in Cumberland, prepares a dose of the flu vaccine. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Flu season made more complex by COVID-19

State health officials and health care providers are bracing for a flu season that may further test a Rhode Island health care system already...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT of Health provided updates on its efforts to prepare for the COVID-19 virus and encouraged residents and businesses to engage in healthy practices to prevent both the coronavirus and the seasonal flu.

State says risk from coronavirus still low but urges preparedness

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Health issued an update Thursday on the state’s preparedness for the potential impact of the COVID-19 virus, known...

Lifespan enhances flu precautions at hospitals, clinics

PROVIDENCE – Lifespan Corp. says it is ramping up precautions against the flu by screening hospital visitors and patients with respiratory symptoms who go...

In case of coronavirus, complacency is a danger

Scientific models show a reasonably high probability that the Wuhan coronavirus will accelerate in its spread outside of China. That’s concerning, to say the...

RIDOH: Unvaccinated health workers must wear masks due to widespread flu

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Health has issued a masking requirement for health care workers who have not received a flu shot. Officials issued...

Flu is now widespread in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE – Widespread flu has hit Rhode Island, according to the R.I. Department of Health. With the “widespread” designation – the highest in the five-tier...

RIDOH: Flu widespread, masks required for unvaccinated health workers

PROVIDENCE – The number of flu cases in Rhode Island has been designated widespread with about 2.7 percent of patient visits at sentinel sites...
THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE Control and Prevention recommends getting immunized against flu. Above, the map shows that the current rates of flu are sporadic in R.I. but higher in Connecticut and Massachusetts. / COURTESY CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

DOH urges flu shots as region starts to see increased activity

PROVIDENCE — Flu activity is about level with this time last year in Rhode Island, accounting for 0.59 percent of physician office visits, but...
INFECTION PREVENTION: Lee Ann Quinn, right, director of infection prevention and control for South County Hospital in South Kingstown, speaks with Kristen Whelan, infection prevention, employee health analyst and flu clinic coordinator.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Number of R.I. health workers getting flu shot growing, room for...

Health care workers who engage with patients are strongly encouraged to get the flu vaccine. And if the virus becomes widespread in Rhode Island,...

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