RI Enters Phase 1 of Reopening: The rules are clear, but poorly communicated

RI Gov. Gina Raimondo allowed her stay-at-home executive order to expire March 8, the next day beginning “Phase 1” of at least three such phases, each expected to last at least two weeks. On April 27, she laid out six specific criteria that all had to be met before any of the phased reopening could […]

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A Toast!: RKO Army Raises $4,100 for RI Pride Food Drive

“The Rocky Horror Stay-at-Home Show” was an online event on May 8 that raised more than $4,100 for the RI Pride Emergency Supply Drive, a COVID-19 relief program that provides boxes containing a one-week supply of food and hygiene supplies to those in need. After The Rocky Horror Picture Show film was released in 1975 […]

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Turning to Taiwan: A cultural anthropologist discusses the country’s success keeping coronavirus cases down

When Taiwan closed its borders at midnight on March 20, the country had just seen its cases of coronavirus double from 54 to 108 over the course of one week. Only 81 miles of water separated the country from mainland China, and travelers had been returning from Chinese New Year celebrations, many from Hubei province, […]

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Smoothing the Curve: Recent data display from the gov is more artistic than mathematic

RI Gov. Gina Raimondo at her press conference on Saturday, May 2, displayed a chart showing new hospitalizations per day from March 13 to April 26. The point of the chart, the governor claimed, was to illustrate discontinuities on April 1, “Two weeks after first closures,” and April 13, “Two weeks after stay at home […]

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Pandemic Non-fiction: What you don’t know can kill you

There is no shortage of books about diseases through human history, but a few have become definitive classics. I’ve curated an admittedly highly opinionated selection of the best. Some books that arguably would have qualified have been left off simply because they are too old, and medicine changes so rapidly that it could be misleading […]

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Mask Up!: Project Mask RI relies on volunteer help to get masks to those in need

Last month, the CDC revised its guidelines on face masks, encouraging people to wear some kind of face covering, and overnight, face masks became a fixture of our coronavirus world. But with mass shortages in stores and online retailers, how are people supposed to get the PPE they need? Enter Project Mask RI. They’re a […]

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Stay-at-Home Order Expiration Expected, but not a Foregone Conclusion: Read our summary of Governor Raimondo’s May 1 press conference

Governor Gina Raimondo had her daily press conference today at 1pm. “We seem to have hit a plateau, and that is good news,” she said. “We’re still not in a decline, which is where I wish we were, but we’ll take the plateau.” She stressed that the Ocean State is not out of the woods […]

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Opinion – Stop Criticizing Shepard Fairey’s “RI Angel of Hope and Strength”

At her daily press briefing on April 25, RI Gov. Gina Raimondo announced an arts initiative, inviting anyone in whatever medium to submit original family-friendly work on a new website created for that purpose. The governor said that she contacted internationally renowned artist Shepard Fairey and asked him to help by creating a work […]

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Artists to the Rescue!: Local designers make personal protective equipment

“My mom happens to be an epidemiologist, and she sent me an N95 mask back in January, so I had an idea this might get bad,” recalls Matt Muller, co-founder of the inflatable art and design collective Pneuhaus. Pneuhaus creates installations for events, so once their schedule began to be cleared due to COVID-19 cancellations, […]

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