STONINGTON — Town officials are using the COVID-19 public health crisis to send a message to the senior and disabled community that they are not alone.
WESTERLY — Officials detailed the town's efforts to encourage people from New York in town to take shelter from the COVID-19 outbreak in their second homes to self-quarantine for 14 days and the steps being taken to slow the virus' spread during a news conference at Town Hall Friday afternoon.
PROVIDENCE (AP) — While Rhode Island's response to the outbreak has been solid, the state is unprepared for a huge surge in cases such as experienced in New York and New Orleans, Raimondo said.
The coronavirus is pounding state governments with a financial one-two punch, costing them millions to try to contain the disease just as businesses are shutting down and tax revenue is collapsing. The sharp drop in revenue could jeopardize some states' ability to provide basic services.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A southwestern Connecticut foundation raised $1 million in pledges over the past week to help nonprofits in the county hit hardest by the coronavirus. But demand for funding grew Friday by another $863,000.
BOSTON (AP) — All visitors arriving in Massachusetts are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days as the state tightens its efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday.
United Way of Rhode Island has created a statewide day of giving called #401Gives. Funds for over 300 non-profits in Rhode Island will be raised when the community needs it most. Donations are given to a non-profit designated by the donor.
WARWICK — The Community College of Rhode Island will remain on a remote teaching format for the remainder of the semester, scheduled to end May 8. The decision was made in order to protect the health and wellbeing of students and employees, and by the guidance from public health officials an…
PROVIDENCE — At her Friday COVID-19 briefing, Gov. Gina Raimondo added door-to-door checks by local police and members of the National Guard to the effort ensure that people coming to Rhode Island's coastal towns from New York state comply with her earlier directive to quarantine themselves …
In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community, the first selectmen in both Stonington and North Stonington have issued a shelter-in-place order calling for all residents or visitors coming to the area from other locations to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days.
PROVIDENCE (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers on Thursday approved as much as $300 million in emergency borrowing to help the state pay its bills with the economy virtually shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an effort to help unemployed veterans due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Operation Stand Down Rhode Island is working with employers at Honeywell, Amazon, and CVS to link veterans directly with employment. These are employers that despite the pandemic are still operational and have a need for …
As America battles the invisible enemy of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), an exponentially growing silent killer, we find ourselves in a situation that is unprecedented in scale, a danger to our fellow citizens, and in the economic destruction and financial shock it is already causing.
NEW YORK (AP) — Terrence McNally, one of America’s great playwrights whose prolific career included winning Tony Awards for the plays "Love! Valour! Compassion!" and "Master Class" and the musicals "Ragtime" and "Kiss of the Spider Woman," has died of complications from the coronavirus. He was 81.
Coastal towns in the state, including Westerly and Charlestown, as well as Block Island, are asking the owners of second homes who have traveled in from out of state to observe a voluntary 14-day self-quarantine.
WOOD RIVER JCT. — Chariho administrators, teachers and staff had only one week to design a “virtual instructional” learning plan so students could continue to learn in their homes after schools were ordered closed because of the coronavirus. Chariho's plan, which, as was the case for all sch…
STONINGTON — If you turn down the television, turn off the radio and pause your devices at 8 p.m. every night, you just might hear the sound of bells.
WESTERLY — The Board of Finance will conduct a public hearing on the proposed 2020-21 municipal and schools budget tonight at 6 in Council Chambers at Town Hall.
STONINGTON — It remains to be seen whether the school district will be able to hold graduation ceremonies on June 19 as planned, but local students can rest assured that there will be a formal celebration.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State workers in Connecticut are processing 20 times the number of unemployment claims they normally do, a deluge caused by the coronavirus, officials said Wednesday.
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is ordering schools and non-emergency child care programs in Massachusetts to remain closed through the end of April as the state works to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Concord Coach Lines said it will suspend bus service throughout New England on Saturday after a former passenger tested positive for the coronavirus.
Tri-County Community Action Agency is accepting applications for individuals and families in need of assistance with fuel bills. Homeowners and renters are eligible for heating assistance and weatherization services.
STONINGTON — In an effort to avoid a shutdown, the Stonington Transfer Station is setting some restrictions and temporarily changing its operations.
WESTERLY — Priests, ministers and other faith leaders came together Tuesday at Central Baptist Church for an interdenominational prayer service focused on unity, hope and service in the days of COVID-19.
The tourist haven of Block Island became the state’s first community to order residents to shelter in place as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to climb.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut businesses adapted to new social distancing guidelines Tuesday, and state lawmakers were planning to continue work on an assistance package for small companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak despite the postponement of the legislative session.
BOSTON (AP) — The number of people in Massachusetts who have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, increased to 11 on Tuesday.
WESTERLY — Town Manager J. Mark Rooney declared a local state of emergency Monday afternoon as town officials continued to respond to the public health crisis spawned by COVID-19. In a related measure, all town buildings, with the exception of police headquarters on Airport Road, are closed.
CHARLESTOWN — Business has been good at the Breachway Grill since owner Craig Marr closed the dining room and switched to takeout service, but he still worries about how long his restaurant can survive under the current coronavirus restrictions.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut public schools will be closed until at least April 20, the governor said Monday, and the state is looking into re-purposing old nursing homes and empty college dormitories to help free up space for hospitals as they brace for more COVID-19 patients.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Three men broke into a sporting goods store at a Rhode Island mall that had been closed in response to the new coronavirus pandemic and stole more than $15,000 worth of merchandise and cash, police said Monday.
MERIDEN — A blood drive will be held at the Connecticut State Police Academy today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for first responders to donate. Various police departments, fire departments and the National Guard have been asked to participate. With the COVID-19 outbreak, the American Red Cross is s…
WESTERLY — Inspiration struck Chris Walsh one afternoon last week as he was pondering the extraordinary ways the world has changed in these days of COVID-19.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — After her sixth-grade son’s school in Buffalo, New York, closed amid the coronavirus outbreak, Roxanne Ojeda-Valentin returned to campus with shopping bags to take home textbooks and weeks’ worth of assignments prepared by teachers.
PROVIDENCE — Drive-thru sites have been opening around the U.S. to make it quicker and safer to test people for the new coronavirus. But much like the rest of the U.S. response to the pandemic, the system has been marked by inconsistencies, delays, and shortages. Many people who have symptom…
NEW YORK — The drive-in theater, long a dwindling nostalgia act in a multiplex world, is experiencing a momentary return to prominence.
They once preached to pews full of people, now they're tinkering with Zoom, learning to e-blast and livestreaming to online groups of invisible worshippers.
WESTERLY — Police Chief Shawn Lacey said the Westerly department would seek to follow state guidelines on social distancing, but would also enforce all laws even if it means making an arrest.
NEW YORK — Coronavirus outbreaks at nursing homes in Washington, Illinois, New Jersey and elsewhere are laying bare the industry's long-running problems, including a struggle to control infections and a staffing crisis that relies on poorly paid aides who can't afford to stay home sick.
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says she's planning new restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 but does not expect to institute the type of statewide lockdown seen in New York and California.
HealthSource RI is offering a special enrollment period for health insurance coverage for Rhode Islanders for up to 60 days from the time that a change in employment status causes the loss of previous coverage.
WESTERLY — A physician associated with Westerly Hospital has tested positive for COVID-19 and is being monitored at home, according to a news release issued Friday afternoon by Yale New Haven Health, owner of the facility.
The Stonington and North Stonington school districts are transitioning to digital-based distance curriculums in anticipation that the schools will likely be closed for another eight weeks or longer during the coronavirus pandemic.
PROVIDENCE (AP) — The Rhode Island National Guard has been fully activated to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Friday.
HARTFORD — Gov. Ned Lamont on Friday signed an executive order that requires all “nonessential” businesses and nonprofit organizations to shut down or have their employees work from home, through April 22.
WESTERLY — Residents were praised for their cooperation and encouraged to continue following social distancing recommendations during a Town Council-hosted news conference Friday on the town's response to the coronavirus threat.
RICHMOND — Many retailers confronting the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic are doing what they can to ensure that their businesses aren’t forced to close.
OCEAN CITY, N.J. — Some city folk have been fleeing to their second homes in resort areas to ride out the coronavirus outbreak near the beach or the ski slopes. But neighbors in many of those places are yanking the welcome mat — fearing infection and the overwhelming of already stretched res…