• Rhode Island January 13, 2021 7:33 pm

    RI's COVID Response Won't Be Affected If Raimondo Heads to DC, She Says

    Should she be confirmed as the next U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Wednesday there will be no disruptions to Rhode Island’s coronavirus response. Raimondo held her first coronavirus briefing of the new year and since being nominated for the commerce secretary position last week by President-elect Joe Biden. She briefly said that although she never pictured...

  • coronavirus December 21, 2020 3:34 pm

    Businesses Reopen as Rhode Island's 3-Week ‘Pause' Is Lifted

    Some Rhode Island businesses are reopening or increasing capacity now that Gov. Gina Raimondo’s three week “pause” to help control the latest coronavirus surge has ended. The Democratic governor decided to lift the pause because of what she called “sustained decreases” in percent positivity rates which it is hoped will stop hospitals from being flooded with coronavirus patients. Businesses...

  • Rhode Island December 18, 2020 8:00 pm

    RI Getting Fewer COVID Vaccine Doses From Pfizer Than Expected

    Rhode Island is one of several states across the country getting fewer doses of Pfizer’s vaccine than expected. Gov. Gina Raimondo said they were set to receive 11,000 doses next week, and now they’re only getting about 7,000.

  • Gov. Gina Raimondo December 12, 2020 8:19 pm

    RI Health Director Tests Positive for COVID-19, Gov. Raimondo to Quarantine

    The director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the governor’s office. Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, who tested negative for the virus on Saturday, will begin a self-quarantine to comply with state guidelines, Raimondo’s Director of Communications Josh Block said in a statement. Members of Raimondo’s leadership...

  • Rhode Island December 10, 2020 4:20 pm

    RI Extends Pause Another Week

    Gov. Gina Raimondo on Thursday announced Rhode Island will be extending the state’s pause another week until Dec. 20.

  • Rhode Island November 25, 2020 4:01 pm

    RI Announces $100 Million in Relief Ahead of Reopening Pause

    Gov. Gina Raimondo on Wednesday announced $100 million in relief to Rhode Island residents and businesses financially impacted by an upcoming pause on many commercial activities amid the coronavirus pandemic. Half of those funds — $50 million — will go to businesses that would otherwise close or be severely impacted during the pause. Such businesses are eligible for up to…

  • COVID-19 restrictions November 5, 2020 5:45 pm

    New COVID Restrictions Announced in RI

    Gov. Gina Raimondo on Thursday announced a series of new COVID-19 restrictions beginning Sunday as well as a stay-at-home advisory.

  • Rhode Island November 5, 2020 5:46 pm

    RI Gov. Raimondo Announces Stay-at-Home Advisory, More COVID Restrictions

    Gov. Gina Raimondo on Thursday announced seven new temporary restrictions, including a stay-at-home advisory, in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Speaking at her weekly news conference, Raimondo said the new restrictions will begin Sunday and last for two weeks. A stay at home advisory will be put in place as part of the temporary restrictions,…

  • Thanksgiving October 21, 2020 3:20 pm

    Raimondo Urges Rhode Islanders to Celebrate Thanksgiving Locally

    Gov. Gina Raimondo on Wednesday urged Rhode Islanders to plan their Thanksgiving holidays ahead and to not travel in order to keep cases of the coronavirus down.

  • coronavirus October 15, 2020 2:20 pm

    RI Gov. Says Companies Must Shut Down Break Rooms for 90 Days

    RI Gov. Gina Raimondo announced that all companies must shut down break rooms for 90 days.

  • Rhode Island October 15, 2020 4:48 pm

    RI Companies Ordered to Shut Down Break Rooms for Next 3 Months

    Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo on Thursday said office break rooms must be shut down for the next three months in a bid to slow an uptick in coronavirus cases across the state. Raimondo said casual socializing in break rooms were one of the sources of a recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the state, in addition to small indoor…

  • Rhode Island October 14, 2020 3:51 pm

    Small Social Gatherings Blamed for Coronavirus Spike in RI

    Small social gatherings appear to be the cause for a coronavirus uptick in Rhode Island, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Wednesday. While showing the state’s data at her coronavirus briefing, the governor said contact tracing reveals cases from K-12 schools, congregate care and restaurants are flat or declining. However, it’s small social gatherings where people are sharing food and drinks...

  • Rhode Island October 7, 2020 2:18 pm

    RI to Review Vaccine Safety and Distribution

    Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Wednesday the launch of a subcommittee to evaluate the safety of potential COVID-19 vaccines as well as their distribution to the residents of Rhode Island. “We’re not going to put a vaccine out to the people of Rhode Island until it is safe,” Raimondo said during her weekly coronavirus news conference. The subcommittee, which will...

  • vaccines October 1, 2020 11:11 am

    Who Should Be 1st In Line to Receive 1st COVID Vaccines?

    The race is on not just to develop a coronavirus vaccine, but also determine how to distribute it ethically and efficiently. All Americans likely will have access to a developed vaccine within a year to a year and half of approval, but a CDC advisory group is recommending initial doses go to healthcare workers and high risk groups first.

  • coronavirus pandemic September 23, 2020 2:42 pm

    Raimondo: RI's COVID Numbers Would Have Declined If Not for 2 College Outbreaks

    Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said Wednesday that coronavirus outbreaks at two colleges are responsible for the state’s rise in COVID-19 numbers. Providence College accounts for about 150 new cases, with around 40 more at the University of Rhode Island, she said. “Without those cases, our overall case numbers were stable, actually declining slightly last week,” Raimondo said at her…

  • Halloween September 17, 2020 1:40 pm

    ‘Halloween Has to Go on' in RI, Gov. Raimondo Says

    Despite the coronavirus canceling many events, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Wednesday that Halloween celebrations in Rhode Island must go on. “Halloween has to go on, one way or another,” Raimondo said during her weekly news conference. The governor said that, although she and the Rhode Island Department of Health do not have a clear-cut plan yet, they must come up…

  • coronavirus August 31, 2020 4:45 pm

    RI Governor Says Most Schools Ready for In-Person Learning

    For schools in Providence and Central Falls, in-person learning will be phased in with younger students starting first.

  • Rhode Island August 31, 2020 4:12 pm

    Most RI Schools Get Green Light for Reopening in-Person

    Most Rhode Island school districts have been given the green light to reopen for in-person learning on Sept. 14 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Gina Raimondo made the announcement during a Monday afternoon news conference saying every school district except Providence and Central Falls have met the following five metrics: Statewide readiness Municipal readiness Testing capacity Supply readiness Operational readiness…

  • Rhode Island August 24, 2020 5:00 pm

    RI Launches Education Operations Center Ahead of Schools Reopening

    Rhode Island officials have launched an Education Operations Center to provide “real-time support” to public schools ahead of their reopening in September. During her Monday news conference, Gov. Gina Raimondo said effective immediately, the operations center will be staffed 24/7 by members of the Rhode Island National Guard, Rhode Island Department of Public Health, Rhode Island Department of Education, Rhode…

  • Gov. Gina Raimondo August 19, 2020 7:25 pm

    Gov. Raimondo Talks Reopening RI Schools; COVID-19 Compliance

    During her weekly news conference on Wednesday, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo discussed a variety of topics including reopening schools, COVID-19 compliance at state businesses and a new campaign to get people outdoors.

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