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State shifting COVID resources – all of Rhode Island now “low risk”

National COVID assessment of each state and its level of risk – low, medium, or high – has now designated Rhode Island as low risk throughout its 5 counties. In addition, testing is most accessible in our own homes with free or low cost test kits widely available. Omicron variants seem to have less of an impact – especially for fully vaccinated and boosted people. This week there were days with no victims on ventilators and numbers as low as they have been (recognizing that Omicron is still spread easily, but reporting of cases isn’t happening as people recover in their own homes, some without going to a doctor). Next week vaccines will be available for children as young as 6 months. National experts are beginning to recommend a 4th booster in the fall – for those who are 4 months out since their last booster.

COVID is still a serious risk for those in their own high risk category and who are not vaccinated or boosted. No one notices if people have masks on around them – in the grocery store, at concerts, etc. It has become more and more an accepted personal choice (even kids getting out of school walking home alone will often be seen wearing masks – time will see how that plays out if we don’t see an uptick in the fall). Treatments are still varying, depending on personal health history and medical preferences – some people get put on treatments almost immediately while others are told to hunker down with treating their symptoms only – and call if it gets worse.

The popular orange signs demarking a testing or vaccination center we see on sidewalks will begin to disappear – as the Rhode Island Department of Heath has announced changes:

As part of its strategy to address COVID-19 as a manageable endemic disease, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is announcing its plan for the transition of State-supported testing and vaccination to traditional partners and settings for providing COVID-19 services. COVID-19 services, like testing and vaccination, are now widely available through multiple accessible channels, similar to how services for other endemic diseases are made available to the public. 

“Shifting these resources into our existing public health infrastructure means that COVID-19 is causing fewer disruptions to everyday life, and that ongoing COVID-19 vaccination and testing efforts can be managed by our provider partners who traditionally offer these services to Rhode Islanders,” said Interim Director of Health James McDonald MD, MPH. “While this is an important step toward managing COVID-19 as an endemic disease, it is still important to stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines for the best protection. Now, you can easily do that at your doctor’s office or a pharmacy, just like you would for the flu.”

Vaccination Resources

The COVID-19 vaccine will continue to be widely available at no out-of-pocket cost across Rhode Island through various channels. State-run COVID-19 community vaccination clinics and at-home vaccination services will be available through June 30, 2022. You can find a clinic near you at by clicking on Upcoming Community Vaccination Clinics. Beginning July 1, people who want to get vaccinated or boosted can call their healthcare providers or use other options available at, such as retail pharmacies and

If there is an increase in demand for COVID-19 vaccine that Rhode Island’s long-standing, traditional health care infrastructure cannot support, the State is fully prepared to re-engage State-supported vaccination sites.

Community partners who want to hold vaccination clinics can email RIDOH’s Office of Immunization at [email protected]. RIDOH will provide a list of mass immunizers that can best meet your community’s needs. This is similar to how RIDOH supports flu clinics. In addition, community partners who want to facilitate at-home vaccination services for their patients or community members can also use this list to identify immunizers who can provide at-home vaccination. 

For more information about COVID-19 vaccine in Rhode Island, visit

Testing Resources

Pending a final evaluation of public health conditions later this month, testing will transition from State-run COVID-19 test sites to multiple traditional health care channels and self-testing options on July 1, 2022. The State is fully prepared to reopen certain mass testing sites for symptomatic individuals if COVID-19 Community Levels are high. If most of the State moves to the “high” Community Level at the end of the month, sites will remain open until Community Levels return to medium.  

COVID-19 testing will continue to be widely available across the state. There are many places where Rhode Islanders are able to access free COVID-19 testing. Federal programs are available to support access to free COVID-19 testing for people without health insurance. If you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone who tested positive, call your primary care provider or your child’s pediatrician. Ask if they offer COVID-19 testing in their office or if they can order a test through a laboratory. Other testing options include:

  • Increasing Community Access to Testing (ICATT) for COVID-19: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s ICATT program can help you find where to get a free COVID-19 laboratory test whether or not you have insurance. 
  • Test To Treat Program: Through this program, people can get tested and – if they’re positive and treatments are appropriate for them – get a prescription from a healthcare provider, and have their prescription filled all at one location. A Test to Treat locator is available to help find participating sites. A call center is also available at 1-800-232-0233 to get help in multiple languages.
  • Self-test distribution program: You can order free COVID-19 tests through the mail by visiting You won’t be asked for insurance or payment information when you order your free tests. If you have health insurance, you can also purchase self-test kits online or at local pharmacies and get reimbursed for up to eight tests per month. Contact your insurance carrier for more information. 
  • Some local pharmacies and clinics offer free COVID-19 testing to people who don’t have health insurance. These locations may only test you if have symptoms or are a close contact of someone who tested positive. If you don’t have insurance, the pharmacy or clinic will submit the cost of your test to a federal program for the uninsured.  

For more information on COVID-19 testing in Rhode Island, visit

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