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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...
RHODE ISLAND health officials announced an additional 91 COVID-19 cases on Thursday, and two deaths from the virus. / COURTESY CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

COVID-19 cases reach 657 in R.I., 2 more deaths reported

PROVIDENCE – COVID-19 cases in Rhode Island have climbed to 657, according to the R.I. Department of Health, which reported another 91 cases on...
THE UNIVERSITY OF Rhode Island, pictured, and the Community College of Rhode Island will both serve as mobile testing sites for the COVID-19 virus. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

URI, CCRI to serve as COVID-19 testing sites

PROVIDENCE – Two state colleges this week will begin serving as mobile testing sites for COVID-19. The University of Rhode Island and the Community College...
CROSSROADS RHODE ISLAND has implemented new initiatives, including health screenings via questionnaire and having case managers speak with sheltered individuals over the phone, during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. / COURTESY CROSSROADS RHODE ISLAND

Homeless organizations in need of supplies; shift operations

PROVIDENCE – Local homeless shelters and organizations are already fighting an uphill battle to keep some of Rhode Island’s most vulnerable residents off the...
BROWN UNIVERSITY announced Sunday that a member of its community tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

Three people closely tied to local colleges test positive for virus

PROVIDENCE – Three individuals who are closely tied to two local colleges have recently tested positive for the COVID-19 disease. Brown University said Sunday that...
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...

JB Pharmacy making and selling own hand sanitizer on first-come, first-serve...

WARWICK – JB Pharmacy & Compounding, a small, locally owned pharmacy, has begun temporarily making and selling its own hand sanitizer due to the...
THE UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND announced that, starting Friday, all events of 100 or more people are either canceled or postponed through April 3. The initiative affects two March events that had been scheduled at the Ryan Center, pictured. / COURTESY THE RYAN CENTER

Larger events feeling effects of spread of coronavirus

PROVIDENCE – Large events are feeling the effects of efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, with cancellations, postponements and attendance restrictions. State officials are...

Third Rhode Islander tests ‘presumptive positive’ for coronavirus

PROVIDENCE - A third person in Rhode Island has tested a presumptive positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The person, a...
BRYANT UNIVERSITY said that all Bryant students returning from abroad, either for study or regular travel, are to stay home for two weeks before returning to campus as a 'precaution' regarding the growing spread of coronavirus. / COURTESY BRYANT UNIVERSITY

Local colleges addressing coronavirus threat

PROVIDENCE – As the concerns over coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, continue to grow, several local colleges are taking steps to address the matter, including...

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