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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...
The Rhode Island Foundation has committed $1 million towards implementation of a 10-year health initiative. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

R.I. Foundation commits $1M to 10-year health plan for state

PROVIDENCE – After more than a year of poring over vast amounts of data related to the health of Rhode Islanders, the Rhode Island...
UP IN SMOKE: White Horse Vapor employee Joey Chen shows some of the products the vape shop carries. Owner Dino Baccari said a recent statewide ban on flavored e-cigarettes forced him to close his White Horse Vapor location in Warwick. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Will stronger regs save vape shops?

White Horse Vapor expanded quickly over the past six years, growing from a single store in North Providence to three in Rhode Island and...
IN THE 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey it was found that 48.9% of Rhode Island high school students said they had vaped before. BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DAN KITWOOD/GETTY IMAGES

RIDOH survey data shows rise of vaping in students

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Health released data Thursday that revealed a sharp increase in high school students reporting having vaped. RIDOH found that...
BROWN UNIVERSITY has $6.8 million in federal funding to address the opioid crisis in partnership with Rhode Island state officials. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

Brown University awarded grants to reduce opioid overdoses

PROVIDENCE (AP) — Brown University was awarded $6.8 million in federal funding to work with Rhode Island health officials to help solve the opioid...

Five Questions With Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott

5Q: Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott | Director, R.I. Department of Health 1. What do residents who live in a state-designated “health equity zone” get that...
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