CHARLESTOWN — In 10 days, the town of Charlestown will no longer be holding virtual meetings or broadcasting meetings live in a hybrid format, as town officials said Monday that state laws leave the community "with no other option."
Connecticut lawmakers will once again consider whether Gov. Ned Lamont’s emergency declarations first issued in March of 2020 during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic should be extended.
The U.S. has seen a string of COVID-19 outbreaks tied to summer camps in recent weeks in places such as Texas, Illinois, Florida, Missouri and Kansas, in what some fear could be a preview of the upcoming school year.
PROVIDENCE — Cultural and humanities nonprofits in Rhode Island are sharing nearly $1 million in federal coronavirus funding to help them recover from the pandemic, officials said Monday.
WASHINGTON — Pfizer says it plans to meet with top U.S. health officials Monday to discuss the drugmaker’s request for federal authorization of a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine as President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser acknowledged that “it is entirely conceivable, maybe likely” tha…
Tri-County Community Action Agency can now provide application assistance to residents seeking funds for rent and utilities through Rhode Island Housing. The R.I. Rent Relief Program has an estimated $200 million available statewide to pay for past due rent, past due utilities, or future ren…
Census taker Linda Rothfield’s government-issued iPhone kept directing her back to apartments in San Francisco that she already knew were vacant. When she did find apartments that were occupied, she was sometimes turned away because of the pandemic.
HARTFORD — Beginning Wednesday, most Connecticut residents claiming unemployment benefits must report their work search efforts to the state Department of Labor when they file their weekly claims in order to avoid being denied benefits.
STONINGTON — Business is booming for area auto dealerships, a far cry from a year ago when many showrooms were still closed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
The latest alarming coronavirus variant is exploiting low global vaccination rates and a rush to ease pandemic restrictions, adding new urgency to the drive to get more shots in arms and slow its supercharged spread.
HARTFORD — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday that he’s not ready to lift the state’s mandate requiring face masks in schools for the upcoming school year, saying he wants to hear more from federal health officials given the spread of the highly transmissible delta variant of the coron…
With millions of people having stayed home from places of worship during the coronavirus pandemic, struggling congregations have one key question: How many of them will return?
WASHINGTON — Thrown off-stride to reach its COVID-19 vaccination goal, the Biden administration is sending A-list officials across the country, devising ads for niche markets and enlisting community organizers to persuade unvaccinated people to get a shot.
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Friday unveiled a new promotion — a concert ticket giveaway — to encourage residents, especially younger adults, to get vaccinated for COVID-19 throughout the summer and fall.
PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island is working on a coronavirus vaccination incentive program to benefit charities, rather than individuals, Gov. Daniel McKee said Thursday.
COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have dipped below 300 a day for the first time since the early days of the disaster in March 2020, while the drive to put shots in arms approached another encouraging milestone Monday: 150 million Americans fully vaccinated.
WESTERLY — The Jonnycake Center of Westerly will host COVID-19 vaccine clinics for Rhode Island and Connecticut residents in conjunction with Wood River Health Services.
PROVIDENCE — With more than half the state’s population fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, and the number of new confirmed cases falling, Rhode Island is scaling back its COVID-19 testing program, the state Department of Health announced Monday.
Jennifer Bridges, a registered nurse in Houston, is steadfast in her belief that it’s wrong for her employer to force hospital workers like her to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or say goodbye to their jobs. But that’s a losing legal argument so far.
WESTERLY — A free COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be held at Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly on Saturday, June 12, from 11 a.m. to noon, hosted by the Department of Environmental Management and Rhode Island Department of Health.
With her three teenagers vaccinated against COVID-19, Aja Purnell-Mitchell left it up to them to decide whether to go back to school during summer break.
Just a year ago, the financial future looked bleak for state governments as governors and lawmakers scrambled to cut spending amid the coronavirus recession that was projected to pummel revenue.
NORTH STONINGTON — In an effort to increase the community’s vaccination rate, Wheeler Library will be hosting a vaccination clinic on Friday and Saturday available to all residents in the surrounding area.
Pickup truck drivers motor up to a white trailer in a parking lot on Fallon Paiute-Shoshone land in Nevada’s high desert and within a few moments they’re handed forms to sign, jabbed with coronavirus vaccine and sent on their way.
PROVIDENCE — When the Rhode Island State House reopens to the public on June 1, some coronavirus restrictions will remain in place, Gov. Dan McKee announced Tuesday.
A growing number of public schools are using mascots, food trucks and prize giveaways to create a pep-rally atmosphere aimed at encouraging students to get vaccinated against the coronavirus before summer vacation.
WESTERLY — The Jonnycake Center of Westerly will host a public COVID-19 vaccine clinic for Rhode Island and Connecticut residents in conjunction with Wood River Health Services. The clinic will take place at the center, 23 Industrial Drive on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 25, 26 and 2…
HARTFORD — A judge has upheld Connecticut’s requirement that children wear masks in schools, rejecting a challenge by some parents who said mask wearing can be harmful and education officials exceeded their authority.
WASHINGTON — Federal health officials’ new, more relaxed recommendations on masks have all but eclipsed another major change in guidance from the government: Fully vaccinated Americans can largely skip getting tested for the coronavirus.
PROVIDENCE — Rhode Islanders who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus will no longer be required to wear face coverings in most situations starting Tuesday, but there remains some uncertainty as rules may vary from place to place.
WESTERLY — The Jonnycake Center of Westerly is teaming with Wood River Health Services to provide a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the agency's Industrial Drive office.
Connecticut legislators recommended changes on Monday to Gov. Ned Lamont’s spending proposal for more than $2.8 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funding, including using more of the money to help replenish the state’s hard-hit unemployment trust fund and boost funding for the tourism indus…
WESTERLY — Debuting a movie on the big screen is the dream of every young filmmaker. On Thursday, roughly 40 students in two University of Rhode Island film production classes will realize that dream when their short films are screened at the Misquamicut Drive-In.
The amount of quahogs harvested in Rhode Island dropped by about 35% last year because of the pandemic, but officials expect landings to bounce back this year, aided by the opening of new shellfishing waters in the lower Providence River.
Like more than 120 million other Americans, Jan Massie is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and can pretty much give up wearing a mask under the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But she’s still covering her face, even as the temperature rises in her native…
PROVIDENCE — Live, in-person shows will return to Trinity Rep this year, beginning with the 44th annual production of "A Christmas Carol."
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted an emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12 to 15. Parents and guardians may now register for appointments for children in that age group in Rhode Island.
WESTERLY — While acknowledging the significance of administering more than 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, state officials say they are not letting up in the campaign to slow the spread of the virus.
STONINGTON — There was a slight increase in the number of reported COVID-19 cases in both the town and across the Ledge Light Health District over the past two weeks, but officials said the number of cases remains stable as Connecticut moves closer to a May 19 reopening.
What do you do during a pandemic when you're used to walking up to neighbors' houses and knocking on the door or ringing the doorbell to share comfort and hope?
PROVIDENCE — The mental health and education of Rhode Island children suffered greatly last year during the coronavirus pandemic, and children of color were the hardest hit, according to data released Monday by Kids Count, the national child advocacy nonprofit.
STOWE, Vt. — Eduardo Rovetto is hoping the state of Vermont’s reinstated requirement that people who are collecting unemployment benefits must seek work to qualify will help him hire enough staff for his restaurant in the resort town of Stowe.
Connecticut officials on Monday proposed an additional $280 million in funding for nursing homes in an effort to avoid strikes by nearly 4,000 health workers that are set to begin Friday if negotiations fail.
Seventy-one percent of Connecticut adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Ned Lamont announced Monday.
BOSTON — Large event venues including TD Garden, Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium will be allowed to double their current capacities starting on Monday, and amusement parks will be permitted to reopen at half capacity as the state relaxes its COVID-19 restrictions.
A recent court ruling striking down a national eviction moratorium has heightened concerns that tenants won’t receive tens of billions of dollars in promised federal aid in time to avoid getting kicked out of their homes.
WESTERLY — Officials say they are hopeful students will be able to participate in traditional end of year school activities later this month and in June.
PROVIDENCE — High schools across Rhode Island have scheduled vaccination clinics for their students over the age of 16 this week, starting Monday at Cranston East.
Massachusetts plans on closing four of its seven mass vaccination sites by the end of June in favor of a more targeted approach to reach the roughly 30% of the state's eligible population that has not yet received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday.