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HELPING HAND: Karen Emmes, left, a community outreach specialist for the East Providence Health Equity Zone, passes out supplies during the Touch-a-Truck event in 2022. Funding questions have put the Rhode Island HEZ initiative in doubt. 
COURTESY EAST BAY COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM

Future of R.I.’s health equity zones unclear amid funding gap

In 2015, Rhode Island pioneered the Health Equity Zone Initiative, a community-focused program meant to help fill gaps in health care. But now the...
UNCLE TONY'S PIZZA AND PASTA has reportedly closed down its Cranston location less than two months after the R.I. Department of Health found multiple health code violations.

Uncle Tony’s Pizza reportedly closes Cranston location permanently

CRANSTON – The Uncle Tony’s Pizza and Pasta location that was temporarily closed due to health violations has reportedly shuttered permanently. WJAR-TV NBC 10 first...

2 Rhode Island nursing homes file for receivership, citing ‘inability to...

PROVIDENCE – Two Rhode Island nursing homes have filed for receivership, declaring their “inability to pay debts as they come due.”   However, neither residents nor...
SALVE REGINA UNIVERSITY, like many other local colleges and universities, have updated their COVID-19 policies going into this fall semester where they are less strict than this time last year. / COURTESY SALVE REGINA UNIVERSITY

After 2 years of COVID-19, local colleges optimistic in getting back...

PROVIDENCE – Could this academic year finally see almost complete normalcy on local college campuses for the first time in more than two years?...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH is now accepting applications for safe injection sites, also known as "harm reduction centers," where people will be allowed to inject illicit drugs under medical supervision, according to the department. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Rhode Island accepting applications for safe injection sites

PROVIDENCE – After Gov. Daniel J. McKee signed legislation authorizing the establishment of a two-year pilot program in early July 2021, making Rhode Island...
AT LEAST 28 PATIENTS recently got COVID-19 at Eleanor Slater Hospital, but state officials said it had nothing to do with a crisis-level staffing policy enacted on Dec. 31 allowing for COVID-19-positive employees to come into the workplace. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND HOSPITALS

BHDDH: Bringing in COVID-positive staff didn’t lead to outbreak at ESH

CRANSTON – State officials said on Friday that a COVID-19 outbreak among patients at the Eleanor Slater Hospital is unrelated to the crisis-level staffing...
CASES OF COVID-19 in Rhode Island increased by 5,373, with five new deaths. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

R.I. daily COVID-19 cases set another record, rising by 5.3K

PROVIDENCE – Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Rhode Island have reached another single-day record, increasing by 5,373, with five new deaths, the R.I. Department...
UNDER A NEW EMERGENCY POLICY, the R.I. Department of Health allowed a state-run hospital and a privately run nursing home to allow COVID-19 positive employees into the workplace over the past weekend, Jan. 1 through Jan. 2, due to short staffing. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, AND HOSPITALS

DOH: COVID-19-positive medical workers allowed on job sites

PROVIDENCE – With staffing shortages hitting crisis levels, the R.I. Department of Health is allowing medical facilities in the state to draw on employees...
RHODE ISLAND OFFICIALS ARE PUSHING BOOSTERS for all adults, but a spokesperson for the R.I. Department of Health said the state is still in line with federal guidelines, which state that only adults 65 or older, those with medical conditions and all adults who work or live in "high-risk" environments are currently eligible. / AP FILE PHOTO/ROGELIO V. SOLIS

R.I. DOH sticks with federal COVID-19 booster guidelines, but ‘vast majority’...

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Health on Friday said that Rhode Island, unlike neighboring Massachusetts, is not bypassing federal emergency use authorization that...
MODERNA INC Vaccine arrived at Rhode Island Hospital Dec. 22, which will also help prevent the spread of a new COVID-19 variant that was recently identified in the U.S. [Above] Richard Emery, Lifespan's pharmacy supervisor and Karen Nolan, Lifespan's pharmacy manager. / LIFESPAN CORP./ BILL MURPHY

COVID-19 variant means it’s time to ‘double down’ on protections, say...

PROVIDENCE – A new variant of COVID-19 has been identified in the U.S., but officials from the R.I. Department of Health on Wednesday said...
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