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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...
CASES OF COVID-19 in Rhode Island increased by 995, with 17 more deaths, the R.I. Department of Health said Wednesday./ COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

R.I. cases of COVID-19 rise by 995, with 17 more deaths

PROVIDENCE – Cases of COVID-19 in Rhode Island increased by 995, with 17 more deaths, the R.I. Department of Health said Wednesday. Hospitalizations of COVID-19...
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...
SUSAN CHASE, general manager of United Skates of America in East Providence, says she plans to extend the facility's hours of operation to offset a loss of customers due to capacity restrictions that will be in place once she reopens following the state's economic "pause." / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Business owners grapple with Raimondo’s ‘pause’ extension

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo's decision on Thursday to extend Rhode Island’s economic “pause” through Dec. 20 means some local businesses will have...

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