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Double Shot: Moderna COVID-19 vaccine second to be approved in RI

The Moderna vaccine against COVID-19 was unanimously approved for use in RI this morning at an emergency meeting of the RI Department of Health (DoH) Vaccine Sub-Committee, following the issuance by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) on Friday, December 18. Doses are expected to begin arriving in […]

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Death Sentence: First COVID-19 inmate death at RI ACI

The first inmate death due to COVID-19 at the RI Adult Correctional Institution (ACI) was confirmed today to Motif by the Department of Corrections (DoC), having occurred on Saturday, December 19. The deceased was a 66-year-old male “who had other complicating co-morbidities that likely contributed to his death [and] was at Rhode Island Hospital being […]

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RI COVID-19 vaccine update: Shortages, priority criteria, pregnancy, equity

A press briefing from the RI Department of Health (RI DoH) COVID-19 vaccine team late in the afternoon on Wednesday, December 16, sounded like a victory lap: Everything was going to plan, the complicated series of deliveries of the Pfizer vaccine – so far the only one granted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the […]

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First prison-associated COVID-19 death in RI

RI experienced its first COVID-19 death associated with the state prison system among either staff or inmates, the Department of Corrections confirmed to Motif. In a statement dated Monday, December 14, Director Patricia A. Coyne-Fague said, “It is with a heavy heart that I must report the loss of Lt. Russell Freeman, who passed away […]

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A Shot in the Arm: COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in RI, starts arriving

Approval was granted this morning at an emergency meeting of the Vaccine Sub-Committee at the RI Department of Health (RI DoH), conducted virtually, to begin administering vaccines against COVID-19. According to Mckenzie Morton who acted as meeting facilitator, the vote was 95% in favor. The supply of vaccine will be severely limited, and at this […]

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RI Health director tests positive for COVID-19, governor in quarantine

“Earlier today [Saturday, December 12], Rhode Island Department of Health [RI DoH] Director Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, tested positive for COVID-19. This was identified through routine testing. She is asymptomatic and will continue working from home. In accordance with Department of Health guidance, Governor Gina Raimondo and several members of her senior leadership team will […]

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Businesses Allowing Customers without Masks Due to Mistake

Readers have told Motif about a number of restaurants and other businesses allowing customers without masks during the COVID-19 pandemic because the operators mistakenly believe state government requires them to do so. We confirmed with the RI Department of Health (DoH) that such businesses are misreading the rules essentially backward: “A business owner is not […]

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USA v. Tammy Brown: Charges to Be Dismissed

In a clear victory for Tammy Brown, the federal government prosecuting her Class B misdemeanor charges offered a “deferred prosecution agreement” that she accepted upon advice of her lawyer. Under its terms, Brown admits that the government could have proved the case against her, but if she remains of good behavior, such as “engaging in […]

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