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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...

R.I. expands vaccine eligibility to 40 and older

PROVIDENCE (AP) – Rhode Island on Monday expanded coronavirus vaccine eligibility to anyone age 40 and older who lives, works or goes to...
LINING UP: People ages 65 to 74 could begin to receive their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine this month, but state health officials say they also want to prioritize people in several hard-hit c­ommunities. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF MEDICINE VIA AP

Gray areas in vaccine distribution lead others to fill in blanks

Rhode Island’s plan to prioritize COVID-19 vaccine distribution by age, underlying health conditions and geography makes sense conceptually. For it to be effective, however,...
THE RHODE ISLAND Manufacturers Association and Polaris MEP have resources available to assist manufacturing companies that participate in RIMA’s COVID-19 Designated Internal Auditor program, such as the Workplace Readiness Playbook. / COURTESY POLARIS MEP

Chenevert encourages COVID-19 Internal Audit program for manufacturers

PROVIDENCE – When it comes to manufacturers and COVID-19 safety protocols, Rhode Island Manufacturers Association Executive Director Dave Chenevert said external audits done by...
PREPARED: Health workers type on laptops inside the incoming COVID-19 patient tent set up outside the Emergency Department at Rhode Island Hospital in ­Providence.  COURTESY LIFESPAN CORP.

Coronavirus preparations at R.I. hospitals kick into high gear

Normally more than 90% full, Rhode Island Hospital’s occupancy rate in late March dipped to about 75%. The 247-bed The Miriam Hospital had more...
HELPING HAND: Nursing home resident Maria Castro receives assistance in  washing her hands from nurse Maria Casal Hernandez, left, at the Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers of Dade County Inc. in Miami. / AP PHOTO/BRYNN ANDERSON

Nursing homes step up measures against virus

From Seattle to Miami to Rhode Island, nursing homes and other facilities for the elderly are stockpiling masks and thermometers, preparing for staff shortages...

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