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R.I. Senate confirms Larkin as R.I. health director

The R.I. Department of Health has a new permanent director after nearly 28 months with temporary leaders.  Dr. Jerome “Jerry” Larkin will lead the state’s...

McKee calls for salary flexibility to help fill state health director...

Dr. Jim McDonald’s skillful explanations of complicated public health topics during the COVID-19 pandemic – showing how the virus spreads with a jar of...

PBN’s most-read stories of 2022

From developments with the potential to reshape the landscape of Providence and a steady stream of million-dollar home sales across Rhode Island, to ongoing...

Bandy named interim chief of R.I. Department of Health

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Thursday named Dr. Utpala Bandy interim director of the R.I. Department of Health as state officials continue...

R.I. confirms first case of COVID omicron variant

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island has its first confirmed case of the COVID-19 omicron variant, a Providence County resident in their 20s who recently returned...

R.I. responds to lawsuit over lack of religious exemption in health...

PROVIDENCE – A lawsuit filed on Thursday on behalf of four health care workers, who brought the action under pseudonyms including “Dr. T.” and...

R.I. outlines health care employee vaccination mandate

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Health on Wednesday released new details of the state’s previously announced COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers. As...

R.I. recommending universal mask wearing in schools

PROVIDENCE – With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Rhode Island, the state on Wednesday said it is recommending universal mask use within school...
STATE OFFICIALS are determining plans for the upcoming school year for both vaccinations and creating healthy environments in school in case vaccines for younger children are not available by the fall. AP FILE PHOTO/TED S. WARREN

State addressing vaccine challenges for children ahead of school year

PROVIDENCE – While children across Rhode Island are enjoying summer vacation after a very unique academic year, the state is working against the clock...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, along with Gov. Daniel J. McKee and the R.I. Department of Health, announced Wednesday guidance on how to safely return to in-person school across the state.

State officials announce guidance on return to in-person schooling

PROVIDENCE – Field trips resuming, optional mask wearing for vaccinated individuals, and no capacity limits on buses are some of the recommended guidance state...
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