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R.I. adopts new crisis response software for natural disasters

PROVIDENCE – With natural disasters and severe weather events on the rise, Rhode Island is partnering with an Atlanta-based software development company in hopes...

Five Questions With: Marc R. Pappas

Marc R. Pappas | Senior adviser and chief COVID administrator, R.I. Office of the Governor 1. How does your role as chief COVID administrator differ...
SO FAR THIS YEAR, up through Feb. 6, a total of just 1,432 self-test results for COVID-19 have been reported to the R.I. Department of Health, including 1,106 positive results and 326 negatives. That means just 22.7% of people who reported their self-test results were negative, far less than the percentage of negative test results seen in the overall testing data collected by the state. / COURTESY CITY OF EAST PROVIDENCE

Only 1,432 at-home COVID tests reported to RIDOH this year

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island's government distributed 1 million at-home COVID-19 test kits to state residents in a matter of a month earlier this year,...
DR. JAMES MCDONALD, left, newly named interim director of the R.I. Department of Health, and Gov. Daniel J. McKee speak about the leadership transition at the department since the resignation of former Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott during a COVID-19 update press conference on Jan. 27. / SCREENSHOT OF PRESS CONFERENCE ON WPRI-TV CBS 12

Interim RIDOH Director McDonald doesn’t rule out permanent role

EAST PROVIDENCE – The new interim director of the R.I. Department of Health didn't rule  out accepting the job on a permanent basis when...
SOME PUBLIC HEALTH LEADERS say they're concerned with the loss of Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott as the longtime director of the R.I. Department of Health amid a politically charged pandemic, and they're keeping a close eye on the search for a replacement. / COURTESY WPRI

Public health leaders concerned as McKee searches for new RIDOH chief

PROVIDENCE – In the wake of the resignation of the R.I. Department of Health’s widely respected director, Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, the office of Gov....
GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE and other Rhode Island officials said the state is now ramping up COVID-19 testing efforts as cases climbed to record highs this week. / COURTESY WPRI

McKee: R.I. ramping up testing, vaccinations in wake of COVID-19 surge

PROVIDENCE – In the face of long lines for testing and lengthy waits for results as the state sees record numbers of new COVID-19...
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