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Weather Prompts Closure of Coronavirus Testing Sites in Mass., RI, Conn.

High winds and heavy rains are moving through the region on Monday.

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High winds and heavy rains prompted the closure of some coronavirus testing sites on Monday.

In Massachusetts, state officials said the testing sites at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro and the Big E fairgrounds in West Springfield are closed due to the weather.

Nine drive-thru testing sites in Connecticut have been shut down for the day, and all outdoor COVID-19 testing sites in Rhode Island are also closed, the state Department of Health announced.

The state hopes to re-open the sites on Tuesday. They are at the University of Rhode Island in South Kingstown; Community College of Rhode Island in Warwick; Rhode Island College in Providence; Rhode Island, Kent, Newport and Westerly hospitals; CVS in Lincoln; and outdoor sites at respiratory clinics.

Rhode Island health care professionals have been asked not to make any additional appointments for Monday. Patients with appointments for Monday have been rescheduled for the same time on Tuesday.

The coronavirus crisis could cause dairy farms to shut down with producers dealing with declining prices and losses from wholesale accounts like colleges.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and the infirm, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.

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