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Rhode Island (Updated June 18, 2021)

  • New cases: 24
  • 7-day positivity rate: 0.5%
  • Hospitalized: 35
  • Total deaths: 2,724 (0 new)
  • Vaccinated: 678,177 received at least one dose; 608,375 fully vaccinated

Massachusetts (Updated June 18, 2021)

  • New cases: 71
  • 7-day positivity rate: 0.4%
  • Hospitalized: 110
  • Total confirmed deaths: 17,596 (3 new)
  • Vaccinated: 4,348,813 received at least one dose; 4,059,144 fully vaccinated

New cases and deaths are for the previous day. RI numbers are updated on weekdays after 1 P.M.; MA numbers are updated after 5 P.M.







The Latest


  • As of Friday, Rhode Island is lifting some of its last remaining pandemic-related capacity restrictions on higher-risk settings and activities including nightclubs and live performances. The state is also working on a coronavirus vaccination incentive program to benefit charities, rather than individuals, Gov. Daniel McKee said Thursday. The total budget for the incentive program would be about $1 million, and McKee said under his plan, charities would receive money when the state reaches certain vaccination rate milestones, such as 75%, 80%, 85% and 90%.


  • Some Massachusetts pandemic-era policies that had expired on Tuesday, such as allowing restaurants to offer take-out cocktails, were quickly extended Wednesday after Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill sent to him by state lawmakers. The new law would also let government bodies continue to hold virtual public hearings and extend some protections for tenants facing eviction. Those protections briefly expired after the coronavirus state of emergency was lifted in Massachusetts on Tuesday. It had been in place for more than a year. Two other pandemic-era policies, the expansion of early voting and mail-in voting, were not extended.


  • Massachusetts is giving away five $1 million cash prizes and five $300,000 college scholarships to residents who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday that the aim of the VaxMillions Giveaway, modeled after a similar program in Ohio, is to drive up the state’s vaccination rate, already one of the best in the nation. The state will hold weekly drawings for five weeks starting the week of July 26. The announcement came on the same day that the state's pandemic-related state of emergency was lifted.


  • More than a dozen state run COVID-19 testing sites around Rhode Island including the drive-thru site at the Rhode Island Convention Center parking garage will be closed by the end of the month, state officials announced Monday. The consolidation comes as the state shifts its focus to mobile and pop-up testing in schools, travel destinations and communities with low vaccination rates, according to a statement. The state will maintain 25 COVID-19 test sites throughout the state; pharmacies and medical offices also continue to offer testing. For a full list of COVID-19 test sites, visit covid.ri.gov/testing.


  • Rhode Island will close two of its largest vaccination sites — at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence and the former Benny’s in Middletown — on June 26. Gov. Dan McKee said he anticipates the Dunkin’ Donuts Center will be able to resume holding recreational events by September or October.


  • CVS Pharmacy announced that individuals can purchase three over-the-counter COVID-19 tests options in stores and online. The tests are the Ellume COVID-19 Home Test, the Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self Test, and the Pixel by Labcorp PCR Test Home Collection Kit, which have all received emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration. The tests do not require a prescription and can be used by individuals with or without COVID-19 symptoms.


Who is eligible to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine?

  • Anyone 12 and older who lives, works or studies in Rhode Island or Massachusetts
  • Tourists and other out-of-state visitors are also eligible to be vaccinated in Rhode Island.


Find a vaccination site near you: Search for a site in Rhode Island or Massachusetts.


More information on vaccination:

  • Homebound Rhode Islanders can request an in-home vaccination
  • Veterans, along with caregivers and spouses of veterans, are eligible to get vaccinated and can register for vaccination through the Providence VA.
  • Rhode Island and Massachusetts resumed use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for people 18 and older, ending a pause in administration that began April 13. The decision follows the recommendation of an advisory committee to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Learn more about Rhode Island's vaccination plan.


Reopening:


  • Fully vaccinated Rhode Island residents are no longer required to wear masks in most settings. And Rhode Islanders are no longer be required to wear masks outdoors, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. However, state officials said "unvaccinated individuals are still strongly encouraged to wear masks in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact."


  • Massachusetts residents are no longer be required to wear masks in most settings, although officials advise those who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 to wear a mask indoors if they cannot socially distance. Gov. Charlie Baker said the mandate will remain in place indefinitely for schools, public transportation, rideshares and healthcare facilities, including nursing homes, addiction treatment centers and other congregate care environments.


  • Rhode Island Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and The Miriam Hospital are loosening some of their visitation rules as the number of new coronavirus cases in the state continues to fall. Lifespan, which operates the hospitals, said Tuesday that visitors must be at least 18 years old, will still be screened for symptoms and possible exposure to COVID-19 upon entry, and will be required to wear a mask regardless of their vaccination status.


  • Rhode Island officials plan to offer guidance for school reopenings on July 1. Gov. McKee said he hopes to see a full return to in-person learning next fall, and the state may no longer require districts to offer a virtual learning option. Tom McCarthy, the state health department’s director of COVID response, said Rhode Island is not planning to require students to be vaccinated in order to return to school.


  • As of May 21, Rhode Island restaurants, bars and other businesses can remove their plexiglass dividers, dispense with social distancing and operate at full capacity.


  • Rhode Island nightclubs which require staff and patrons to be vaccinated will be able to resume operations at 100% capacity. Nightclubs that do not require vaccinations will be able to operate at 50% capacity.


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With reports from the Associated Press.