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Rhode Island (Updated April 16, 2021)

  • New cases: 417
  • 7-day positivity rate: 2.5%
  • Hospitalized: 133
  • Total deaths: 2,647(1 new)
  • Vaccinated: 455,918 received first dose; 320,812 fully vaccinated

New cases and deaths are for the previous day.

Massachusetts (Updated April 16, 2021)

  • New cases: 1,962
  • 7-day positivity rate: 2.3%
  • Hospitalized: 699
  • Total confirmed deaths: 17,100 (13 new)
  • Vaccinated: 2,963,999 received first dose Pfizer or Moderna; 1,957,581 fully vaccinated

RI numbers are updated on weekdays after 1 P.M. MA numbers are updated after 5 P.M.

The Latest

  • The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority will offer free transportation to anyone traveling to or from a COVID-19 vaccine appointment starting Monday, April 19. Governor Dan McKee says the statewide initiative will particularly focus on getting people to and from the mass-vaccination site at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence. For more information on how to arrange transportation, officials say residents should email RIPTA’s customer service department, or call 401-781-9400.

  • Rhode Island is launching a new small business relief program, which will offer $20 million in assistance to businesses that are still suffering financially because of the pandemic. The money will be given out as $5,000 grants to 4,000 different small businesses across the state. Applications are now open and will be reviewed on a first-come first-serve basis through the end of April. For more information on how to apply, officials say to go to or call 401-521-4357.

  • All Rhode Islanders ages 16 and older will become eligible to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday morning at 9 AM. State officials estimate this new group includes 258,000 individuals. Thomas McCarthy, the state health department's director of COVID response, said limited vaccine supply means getting an appointment could take “a matter of weeks.”

  • Rhode Island will post another 3,200 COVID-19 vaccine appointments on at 9 a.m. on Thursday for the state-run site mass vaccination site at 100 Sockanosset Cross Rd., Cranston. The appointments will be for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. People age 40 and older who live, work, or attend school in Rhode Island are now eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Information about additional eligible populations is available online.

  • The Rhode Island Department of Health announced Tuesday that it is following the federal government's recommendation to “pause” the administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports in other parts of the country of potentially dangerous blood clots.

  • Rhode Island is posting another 7,600 COVID-19 vaccination appointments for residents on the state website, on Tuesday at 9 a.m., state officials said in a statement. The new appointment slots will be for the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence; the state-run mass vaccination sites in Woonsocket and South County; Sockanosset Cross Road in Cranston; and at the regional vaccine clinics in Johnston, Westerly, and East Providence.


  • Rhode Islanders 40 to 49 years old are now eligible to register for a COVID-19 vaccination, state health officials said Monday. 

  • Rhode Island officials also announced Monday they have expanded eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to residents 16 years of age and older to eight more ZIP codes among those harder-hit by the coronavirus. Those ZIP codes are: 02895 (Woonsocket), 02893 (West Warwick), 02906 (Providence), 02910 and 02920 (Cranston), 02911 (North Providence), 02914 (East Providence), and 02919 (Johnston). 

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

  • NEW: Rhode Islanders age 40 and older
  • All residents age 16 and older with a qualifying underlying medical condition
  • NEW: All residents age 16 or older who lives in one of the following ZIP codes: 02895 (Woonsocket), 02893 (West Warwick), 02906 (Providence), 02910 and 02920 (Cranston), 02911 (North Providence), 02914 (East Providence), and 02919 (Johnston). 
  • All residents age 16 and older who live in Central Falls or one of the following zip codes in Providence, Pawtucket, Cranston and North Providence. The ZIP codes are: 02904, 02905, 02907, 02908, 02909, 02863, 02860 and 02861.
  • Teachers, school staff, and child care workers
  • Veterans, along with caregivers and spouses of veterans, are eligible to get vaccinated and can register for vaccination through the Providence VA.

More information on vaccination:

  • And all Rhode Islanders ages 16 and older will be eligible to be vaccinated starting April 19. 
  • Homebound Rhode Islanders can request an in-home vaccination
  • Rhode Island officials are aiming for 70% of Rhode Islanders age 16 and older to have at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine by May 15. And by June 5, the state's goal is for 70% of all Rhode Islanders to be at least partially vaccinated.
  • Rhode Island’s health department in April launched a pre-registration system for COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Residents who sign up for an interest list will be notified by phone, text message, or email when an appointment is available, according to a health department spokesperson. The message will include a sign-up link for an appointment at a state-run vaccination site, typically for a date two weeks in the future. The link will work for 24 hours.
  • Learn more about Rhode Island's vaccination plan.

Find a vaccination site near you:

Click on a dot in the R.I. Department of Health map below to see each vaccination site's address, type of vaccine offered and eligibility criteria.


  • Rhode Island restaurants, catered events and houses of worship may increase capacity to 75% with up to 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors. Offices, funeral homes and other venues of assembly can be open at 50% capacity, with up to 250 people indoors and 500 outdoors.