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RHODE ISLAND & VICINITY
Lt. Gov. Dan McKee will lead the coronavirus update today at 1pm
The City of Cranston has expanded sign-ups for the municipal COVID-19 vaccination facility from 75 and older to 70 and older. The City will continue to book appointments based on age with the oldestresidents receiving priority. Residents 70 and older can sign-up at CranstonVaccine.com to be on the list. Volunteers and Senior Services personnel will continue to call and book appointments taking place at Cranston’s Department of Senior Services.
RI’s addition of 80 deaths from weeks, and months ago puts RI 3rd from the top in death ratios in the country – with little explanation as to why the data has been inaccurately reported for so long, providing a “rosier” picture than reality over the past 2-3 months. Most of the deaths were among those individuals over 80.
Massachusetts legislature will take testimony today at 11am about the decision to prioritize mass vaccination sites over community run and hospital clinics – as well as the crashing technology.
The state House can legally proceed with in-person sessions this week in MA without providing remote access to medically vulnerable lawmakers, a federal judge ruled Monday.
Connecticut’s chief medical examiner, told legislators Tuesday that they have “identified many deaths” that should have been certified as COVID-19-related but were not, including nursing home and assisted living residents who have died during the pandemic.
4 new CVS stores in RI/MA will open for vaccines – Cranston, Pawtucket, Providence, and Bristol Co., MA
Cranston has lowered age to 70 now at their municipal site. (cranstonvaccinate.com)
Some large Massachusetts companies are looking to vaccinate their own employees.
The New Hampshire General Assembly met indoors for the first time since September.
School bus drivers in MA are concerned about vaccine eligibility – the state said they are included in Phase 2, Group 3. Distance regulations are also changing, depending upon virus concentration in the community.
Villanova HS football team is opting out – choosing to focus all their energies on back-to-school
In Hartford, most students in the city will return to school five days a week beginning March 1 as COVID-19 cases continue to decline.
Maine Seacoast Mission is providing COVID-19 vaccination clinics on the state’s islands starting this week with medical and support staff arriving on the group’s 74-foot boat, Sunbeam.
Massachusetts has a 65% drop since the peak of hospitalization of COVID-19 cases.
The Boston Calling music festival has been canceled for a second year in a row
At Beth Israel Hospital in Plymouth, doctors are using fully vaccinated volunteer medical personnel to sit with and comfort isolated COVID-19 patients, who are alone in their rooms.
The MBTA announced a spring schedule Monday that calls for fewer commuter trains during the morning and evening peak times and more trains during the middle of the day.
The Mayor of Brockton is speaking out at the ceasing of vaccines being given to municipalities for distribution.
Massachusetts Education Commissioner Jeff Riley on Tuesday called for elementary school students to return to in-person learning five days a week in April
RI’s next two mass vaccination sites will be in the northern RI and southern RI areas.
Vaccinations in RI will be for those younger than 65 approximately mid-March.
Kent Hospital can now have visitors under specific situations – refer to their site for details.
In Connecticut everyone under 55 will start vaccinations next week – moving the whole state to an aged-based system.
From the RI Dept. of Health:
Cinemagic Theaters Closing All Its Cinemas In NH, Maine, Mass.
RI now measured with the 3rd highest death rate in the US.
By RI Community:
Community — Cases Last 7 Days — Cases Last 7 Days/100K People — Cumulative Cases
RI Data: Feb. 24, 2021
Tests – 16,384 – Positives – 375 – Percent positive – 2.3%
Hospitalized – 168 – In ICU – 32 – Ventilated – 16
Deaths in hospital – 0 – New Admissions – 13
New Discharges – 17 – First vaccines: 153,637 – Total fully vaccinated – 2 shots, 64,070
RI Data: Feb. 23, 2021
Tests – 10,197 – Positives – 292 – Percent positive – 2.9%
Hospitalized – 186 (not updated) – In ICU – 27 (not updated) – Ventilated – 18 (not updated)
Deaths in hospital – 2 (not updated) – New Admissions – 31 (not updated)
New Discharges – 22 (not updated)
First vaccines: 147,564 Total fully vaccinated – 2 shots: 62,699
NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL
Dr. Fauci is now saying that Americans who have gotten both shots still have “things they cannot do in society” – they should avoid dining inside restaurants, theaters, places where people congregate, because we don’t know how much protection the shots provide. This is the latest statement he has made – including one recently saying we will need to wear masks in 2022.
The Innova rapid at-home coronavirus test is still waiting for approval.
United States, Canada and Mexico agreed to keep their land borders shut down through at least March 21.
Johnson & Johnson will ship individual dose vaccines as soon as approval process is completed – this will mean 10s of thousands of doses in RI, alone. There is talk about it being less effective, but still keeping people out of hospitals.
6 million shots were delayed from the federal government to the states due to weather – the country should be caught up by next week
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said political divisiveness contributed significantly to the “stunning” U.S. COVID-19 death toll
Thailand to start first coronavirus vaccinations this week
In New Jersey, fans will be allowed to attend sports and entertainment events at the state’s largest facilities in limited numbers starting next week
An estimated 50% of Los Angeles County residents have been infected with the virus
Plans are to distribute more than 25 million masks to over 1,300 community health centers and 60,000 food pantries and soup kitchens in an effort to reach underserved communities
Dr. Anthony Fauci says a new, eased guidance for people who have been vaccinated should be coming soon from the CDC
Famed soul singer Gladys Knight and her husband, William “Billy” McDowell, who live in the Asheville area, recently received their COVID- 19 vaccinations at Haywood Regional Medical Center and encouraged other folks to do the same at a vaccine drive.
Oklahoma opened its second phase of vaccinations Monday, providing inoculations to public school teachers and staff and to adults of any age with illnesses that make them more susceptible to the coronavirus.
Four federal mass vaccination sites are coming to Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville
Churches and places of worship will be considered critical in reaching out to vaccine resistent groups.
Carnival Cruises are postponing to the end of May.
Goldman-Sachs CEO told their employees the goal is to return to in-person working.
The state of Virginia is re-prioritizing Blacks and Latinos over seniors for the vaccine, causing conflict with senior advocates.
The U.S. government is launching a nationwide initiative to study COVID-19 patients who suffer from residual symptoms months after recovery, commonly known as “COVID long-haulers”.
A benefit of the pandemic for older Americans has been the opportunity built out of necessity to learn more about the internet and technology. Activities such as online shopping has been shown to ease loneliness, as well as browsing the internet.
The vaccine is showing better results at keeping the variant viruses at bay, as they continue to sweep across the US.
CVS Health has added Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania to the list of states where select CVS Pharmacy locations will offer COVID-19 vaccinations to eligible populations through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. This follows the successful February 12 rollout in 11 states: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.
I know this is not her field and I respect the job she is doing. But do you think our Self serving so called Governor will govern and show some leadership??
Lets ease all COVID RESTRICTIONS LEAVING IN THE MASKS (for inside), DECREASING SOCIAL DISTANCE TO 3FT