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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...

Surge in respiratory viruses is stretching hospital’s resources

PROVIDENCE – An unprecedented rise in respiratory viruses this season is stretching resources at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, where wait times in the emergency room...

RIDOH invites Rhode Islanders to take prevention measures against increase of...

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Health is encouraging Rhode Islanders to take preventive measures to protect themselves against several respiratory viruses circulating in...

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...

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...
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