Rhode Island’s COVID-19 data reporting will go into effect next week. We will be transitioning from reporting COVID-19 data Monday through Friday to reporting data weekly, on Thursday afternoons. Other states have already moved in this direction. (For example, Massachusetts transitioned to weekly reporting in early July.) And the CDC is on a weekly reporting cadence for its assessment of community risk levels by county. This change is reflective of the larger shift Rhode Island has made from a pandemic response to endemic management, informed by COVID-19 data trends over a period of weeks. However, our data team and COVID-19 leadership team will still be reviewing hospitalization trends and other key metrics daily to monitor for any significant shifts. We have the ability to move back to daily reporting, should it be warranted at any point in the future.    

 

One last note on these monkeypox vaccination clinics this weekend. Pre-registration is required. All appointments have been taken. There is no vaccine at these clinics for walk-ups. Eligible people can get on a notification list for when additional vaccine comes into Rhode Island through a link on this page: health.ri.gov/monkeypox

 

Joseph Wendelken | Public Information Officer

Rhode Island Department of Health

 

 

Hurricane Ian is only 55 miles from the Florida Gulf Coast with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles an hour, just two miles an hour under Category 5 strength. More than a million people are under mandatory evacuation orders with hurricane and storm surge warnings in effect along hundreds of miles on Florida's west coast.       Forecasters say Hurricane Ian could dump heavy rain on Florida for days after it makes landfall later this afternoon or this evening. The storm is expected to slow to a crawl once it comes onshore, pouring out as much as two feet of rainfall in some areas. The National Hurricane Center said on Tuesday that Ian could march through Florida from today through Friday.        The Senate voted on Tuesday to take up a stop-gap bill to keep the government funded through mid-December as a Friday deadlines looms to avoid a shutdown at midnight Friday. The stopgap bill would keep the government running until December 16th.       Voting referendums in Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine appear to have been rigged. CNBC says election officials went door-to-door with portable ballot boxes in occupied regions of eastern Ukraine and that the results show an overwhelming majority voting to become part of the Russian Federation.        Several new California laws expand protection for abortion services and block other states from interfering in California abortions. New legislation Governor Gavin Newsom signed on Tuesday includes protections against being criminalized for pregnancy loss and expanded training options for nurse practitioners and midwives to perform abortions.        McDonald's will soon offer toys in "adult" meal boxes. The idea is to repackage the chain's popular Happy Meal into something for an older audience. Each meal comes with either a Big Mac or ten-piece McNuggets along with fries and a drink and either a Grimace, Hamburglar, Birdie, or Cactus Buddy figurine. The Cactus Plant Flea Market Box will be available starting on October 3rd.