Newport Daily News: Fort Adams takes first step toward establishing museum with new online artifact catalogue

Newport Daily News: Fort Adams takes first step toward establishing museum with new online artifact catalogue. “The new database of Fort Adams’ historical artifacts is available to the public on CatalogIt Hub. While incomplete, it currently houses four collections featuring 175 photographs depicting moments in the fort’s history as far back as 1903.”

WPRI: Outbreak hits Rhode Island hospital after COVID-positive staff called in to work

WPRI: Outbreak hits Rhode Island hospital after COVID-positive staff called in to work. “Eleanor Slater Hospital in Cranston on Thursday reported 28 patients had tested positive for the virus as of that morning, totaling about 14% of the facility’s roughly 200 patients. The outbreak of cases comes in the wake of the state announcing it would align with federal guidance and permit COVID-positive health care workers to continue treating patients.”

WPRI: RI health officials ‘concerned’ with lagging K-12 vaccination rates

WPRI: RI health officials ‘concerned’ with lagging K-12 vaccination rates. “The R.I. Department of Health recently launched a new website showing vaccination rates among all eligible public-school students five years and older across the state. The most recently available data shows 48% of students are partially vaccinated and 42% are fully vaccinated. The rates are substantially lower than statewide trends, which is concerning to state health officials.”

State of Rhode Island: Attorney General launches new open government database ahead of 23rd Annual Open Government Summit

State of Rhode Island: Attorney General launches new open government database ahead of 23rd Annual Open Government Summit. “Attorney General Peter Neronha will host the 23rd Annual Open Government Summit, in partnership with the Roger Williams University School of Law Alumni Association, this Friday, July 30th…. Ahead of this year’s summit, the Office unveiled its new online database for open government findings. Developed by Clerkbase, a company that specializes in online transparency solutions for government agencies, the Attorney General’s new database allows users to browse all open government decisions and seek out specific decisions using advanced search options.” The summit was a livestreamed virtual event. A video is available on YouTube.

ABC News: Provincetown implements indoor mask mandate after COVID-19 cluster grows to 551 cases

ABC News: Provincetown implements indoor mask mandate after COVID-19 cluster grows to 551 cases. “Sixty-nine percent of confirmed cases among Massachusetts residents have occurred in individuals who were fully vaccinated, officials confirmed, and those infected have been found to be predominantly symptomatic. In addition, officials reported that 88% of the cases are among males, and the median age of those testing positive is 39.”

Advocate: COVID ‘Cluster’ Hits Provincetown, Affecting Vaccinated, Unvaccinated

Advocate: COVID ‘Cluster’ Hits Provincetown, Affecting Vaccinated, Unvaccinated. “The Cape Cod beach town has seen a rise of COVID cases since the July 4 holiday weekend, with 132 confirmed cases reported to the state department of health as of last Friday, according to The Boston Globe. Eighty-nine of those positive cases were among Massachusetts residents, while the others affected people living outside the state or nation. Surprisingly, the COVID diagnoses affected both the unvaccinated and vaccinated.”

Boston Globe: Providence Public Library unveils R.I.’s first public archive of LGBTQ+ works

Boston Globe: Providence Public Library unveils R.I.’s first public archive of LGBTQ+ works. “This June marks 45 years since people started marching to celebrate Pride, taking to the streets of Providence to call for equality of those in the LGBTQ+ community. Now, the Providence Public Library has gathered the history of that struggle in the state’s first-ever public community archive dedicated to the cultural and political stories and history of LGBTQ+ people in Rhode Island.”

Cranston Herald: ‘Come Back to the Future’ at 35th RI Historic Preservation Conference

Cranston Herald: ‘Come Back to the Future’ at 35th RI Historic Preservation Conference. “The 35th Rhode Island Historic Preservation Conference, “Come Back to the Future,” will take place virtually Wednesday, April 21, through Friday, April 23. The three-day program includes two keynote speakers, more than 15 breakout sessions, and numerous on-demand virtual tours and videos. Attendees will also have opportunities to network and participate in discussion groups. The event is organized by the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission (RIHPHC) in collaboration with Preserve Rhode Island, Secretary of State Nellie A. Gorbea, and many generous partners.” Registration is all of $25.

New York Times: How Rhode Island Fell to the Coronavirus

New York Times: How Rhode Island Fell to the Coronavirus. “The numbers began ticking up in September. After a quiet summer, doctors at Rhode Island Hospital began seeing one or two patients with Covid-19 on each shift — and soon three. Then four. Cases climbed steadily until early December, when Rhode Island earned the dubious distinction of having more cases and deaths per 100,000 people than any other state in the country. The case rate still puts it among the top five states. Where did this tightly knit state go wrong?”

Providence Journal: One in four Rhode Islanders can’t meet basic food needs, food bank’s annual report says

Providence Journal: One in four Rhode Islanders can’t meet basic food needs, food bank’s annual report says. “The pandemic that has taken almost 1,300 Rhode Island lives has also plunged people into food insecurity at a rate not seen since the Great Depression. In 2019, the number reporting food insecurity was 9.1%. This year, 25% said they were unable to provide enough food for themselves and their families.”