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SALVE REGINA UNIVERSITY, like many other local colleges and universities, have updated their COVID-19 policies going into this fall semester where they are less strict than this time last year. / COURTESY SALVE REGINA UNIVERSITY

After 2 years of COVID-19, local colleges optimistic in getting back...

PROVIDENCE – Could this academic year finally see almost complete normalcy on local college campuses for the first time in more than two years?...
K-12 STUDENTS ACROSS MASSACHUSETTS will not be required to wear masks when they return to school this fall. / AP FILE PHOTO/LYNNE SLADKY

No statewide mask requirements, COVID-19 testing in Mass. schools this year

MALDEN, Mass. – Students entering K-12 public schools across Massachusetts this fall will get a return to normalcy after two years of restrictions and...
COVID-19 VACCINES will be made available for children ages 6 months to 5 years old in Rhode Island next week. / AP FILE PHOTO/MATT ROURKE

McKee: COVID-19 vaccines for young children arriving in R.I. next week

PROVIDENCE – On the heals of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on June 18 recommending the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages...

Cheers and fears as U.S. ends mask mandates for travel

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – A federal judge's decision to strike down a national mask mandate was met with cheers on some airplanes but...
BROWN UNIVERSITY will make masks optional in most indoor settings on campus starting March 14. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

Brown University to make masks indoors mostly optional starting March 14

PROVIDENCE – Less than two weeks after making some modifications to its mask-wearing policy on campus, Brown University has now gone further with that...

Masks now optional on Salve’s campus

NEWPORT – Salve Regina University now joins the growing chorus of local colleges that have modified their on-campus COVID-19 mask mandates. The private university announced...
ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY, pictured, and Bryant University made some modifications for its on-campus requirements for students. But most of the Rhode Island-based colleges will keep all of their mandates in place for the time being. / COURTESY ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY

RWU, Bryant University modify some mask requirements; most colleges staying masked...

PROVIDENCE – Roger Williams University in Bristol and Bryant University in Smithfield have made some modifications to their respective COVID-19 masking requirements on campus....
THE RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH is testing wastewater to analyze and track the presence of COVID-19 in the state's communities. The program, funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is called the National Wastewater Surveillance System. / COURTESY U.S. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

R.I. is sampling wastewater for early warnings on COVID-19 spread

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island is sampling its wastewater for signs of COVID-19 in hopes health officials will get early warnings about where and how...
NEW COVID-19 HEALTH GUIDANCE for students and public school staff members was announced late Thursday by the R.I. Department of Education and Gov. Daniel J. McKee. / PBN FILE PHOTO/JAMES BESSETTE

Less quarantine, ‘monitor-to-stay’ initiative among state’s new COVID-19 school guidance

PROVIDENCE – Reducing quarantine time for students who test positive for COVID-19 and exempting close contacts from quarantining are among the new school COVID-19...
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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