• Rhode Island Sep 16

    Rhode Island Focuses Vaccination Effort on High Schoolers

    Gov. Daniel McKee and other state officials urged high school students Wednesday to get a coronavirus vaccine if they want to ensure a normal school year that includes a full range of extracurricular activities including sports. “One key piece of being a team player is caring for your teammates,” the Democratic governor said during a news conference at Johnston High…

  • coronavirus Aug 19

    Governor Mandates Facemasks in All Rhode Island Schools

    Students and teachers in all Rhode Island schools will be required to wear facemasks during the upcoming school year, regardless of vaccination status, Gov. Daniel McKee announced Thursday. The Democrat said he’d sign an executive order soon formalizing the mask mandate in K-12 schools. “Until we can vaccinate more students, we need masks in schools,” he said in a...

  • Rhode Island Aug 11

    RI Focuses on Health Workers in Fight Against Delta Variant

    Rhode Island is tackling a surge in new coronavirus cases caused by the highly contagious delta variant by requiring all health care workers at state-licensed facilities to get vaccinated by the beginning of October, Gov. Daniel McKee said Tuesday. Until then, unvaccinated workers will be required to wear surgical masks while on the job and get tested twice weekly, the…

  • coronavirus Jun 30

    RI Schools to Return to Full In-Person Learning in the Fall, Gov. Announces

    Rhode Island’s public schools will reopen for full, in-person learning this fall without being required to provide large-scale distance learning plans, Gov. Daniel McKee said Wednesday. “We’re fully focused on safe, in-person learning this fall to get everyone back on track,” the Democratic governor said at a news conference with state Education Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green and state Health Director...

  • coronavirus Jun 11

    Gov. McKee Extends Rhode Island's Pandemic State of Emergency

    Gov. Daniel McKee has signed an executive order that extends Rhode Island’s state of emergency for the coronavirus pandemic until next month.

  • coronavirus Jun 1

    Rhode Island Gov. Lifts Outdoor Mask Requirements

    Masks will soon no longer be required when outdoors in Rhode Island, Gov. Daniel McKee announced Tuesday. The new rule that takes effect Wednesday applies to both those who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus and those who remain unvaccinated, and is in line with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s decision to revise outdoor masking guidance...

  • coronavirus May 18

    Rhode Island Removes Mask Rules For Fully Vaccinated People

    Rhode Islanders who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus no longer have to wear face coverings in most situations starting Tuesday, but there remains some uncertainty as rules may vary from place to place. Gov. Daniel McKee announced the updated mask regulations on Friday in line with federal guidance, the Providence Journal reported. Some businesses are awaiting further instructions. Many…

  • coronavirus Apr 6

    RI Adds 7,300 New Vaccine Appointments as Residents 50+ Become Eligible

    Rhode Island officials announced that they added approximately 7,300 new COVID-19 vaccination appointments on Tuesday, a day after residents age 50 to 59 became eligible to schedule a vaccine for the first time. The new appointments will be for the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Sockanosset Cross Road and regional sites in Westerly, Johnston and East Providence. They were scheduled to be…

  • coronavirus Apr 1

    RI Says 12,000 New COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments Will Be Posted Friday

    Rhode Island is scheduled to make 12,000 vaccination appointments available on Friday and expects to have an additional 25,000 doses available next week, Gov. Daniel McKee announced Thursday. “Tomorrow, we’ll be releasing the largest batch of vaccine appointments in Rhode Island to date,” the governor said in a statement. “This is great news for our efforts to get as many…

  • Rhode Island Mar 31

    Providence City Council Head Tapped for Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island

    Rhode Island Gov. Daniel McKee on Wednesday nominated Providence City Council President Sabina Matos as his lieutenant governor, who if confirmed by the state Senate, will be the first person of color in state history to hold the job. About 80 people initially applied for the job, but the Democratic governor said at a news conference that Matos shares his…

  • Rhode Island Mar 18

    All Rhode Island Adults to Be COVID Vaccine Eligible on April 19

    All Rhode Island residents ages 16 and older will be eligible to get a coronavirus vaccine starting April 19, Gov. Daniel McKee said Thursday. That will be possible because the state has learned that it will be getting significantly more vaccine from the federal government in the near future, the Democratic governor said at a news conference. President Joe Biden…

  • Rhode Island Mar 12

    Rhode Island Eases Some COVID Restrictions for Businesses, More Planned

    Rhode Island is easing some coronavirus restrictions on businesses as vaccination efforts across the state ramp up and hospitalizations continue to decline, Gov. Daniel McKee said Friday. Starting immediately, restaurants will be able to space indoor tables 6 feet apart, rather than 8, and bar areas where food is being served will be allowed to remain open until midnight, rather…

  • Rhode Island Mar 12

    RI Expands Eligibility for Coronavirus Vaccines

    Rhode Island residents age 60 to 64 and anyone over the age of 16 with a specific underlying health condition became eligible to sign up for a coronavirus vaccine Friday, state health officials said.  “Our goal is to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible, and opening eligibility to this next group of Rhode Islanders is an important…

  • vaccinations Mar 9

    Rhode Island Unveils Ambitious Plan to Vaccinate Teachers

    Rhode Island plans to get all K-12 teachers, school support staffers, and workers at state licensed child care facilities their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine by the end of March, Gov. Daniel McKee said Tuesday. The shots will be administered starting as early as this week at the 30 local vaccination clinics already established around the state, the Democrat…

  • coronavirus Feb 16

    RI Lt. Gov. Says Speeding Up Vaccine Distribution Is His ‘Top Priority'

    Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee sharply criticized the administration of Gov. Gina Raimondo for its COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan, and said when he takes over as governor, speeding up the vaccination process will be his top priority. McKee will take over when Raimondo is confirmed as President Joe Biden’s commerce secretary. “Like most Rhode Islanders, I am not...

  • Rhode Island Jan 10

    RI Lt. Gov. Quarantining at Home

    Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee is quarantining at home after coming into close contact with someone who later tested positive for COVID-19, officials said Saturday. The lieutenant governor learned of the close contact Saturday morning, has since tested negative and is showing no symptoms, officials said. He will continue to be tested and will remained quarantined until midnight on Jan. 12,…

  • Rhode Island Jan 9

    Lt. Gov: No Impact to COVID Response With Governor Leaving

    Rhode Island’s coronavirus response will not be impacted by Gov. Gina Raimondo’s imminent departure to join President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet, Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee promised on Friday. In his first public statement since Raimondo was named Biden’s pick for commerce secretary, McKee said he’s committed to retaining many of the top officials and experts Raimondo has tapped to lead...

  • Massachusetts Feb 12, 2020


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