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Over 200K Face Masks Donated by Rhode Island Chinese-American Community to Local COVID-19 Response Efforts

PROVIDENCE, RI—Lt. Governor Dan McKee today shared news of a donation of 208,000 face masks from Rhode Island’s Chinese-American Community to the Rhode Island Department of Health and several municipalities to support local COVID-19 response ;Blackstone Valley businessmen Louis Yip and Sunny Ng of Tai-O Group facilitated the donation at the request of Lt. Governor McKee. The Rhode Island Chinese-American Anti-COVID-19 Task Force raised the funds to purchase the masks from ;Yip and Ng were the first Rhode Islanders to become International Economic Ambassadors through a volunteer initiative launched by the Lt. Governor’s Office last fall. The program encourages Rhode…
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Rhode Island ofrecerá pruebas gratuitas y rápidas de COVID-19 a todos

El nuevo sitio de pruebas de manejo en Twin River ofrecerá resultados en el acto La capacidad de prueba del estado se duplicó gracias a la asociación con CVS Health PROVIDENCE, La gobernadora Gina M. Raimondo anunció hoy que Rhode Island se ha asociado con CVS Health para poner a disposición de todos los residentes de Rhode Island pruebas rápidas y gratuitas de COVID-19. Las pruebas que utilizan el nuevo sistema Abbott ID NOW ™ ahora se realizarán con cita previa en un nuevo sitio de pruebas de manejo en el casino Twin River en Lincoln. Este sitio de prueba…
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Pope Celebrates Palm Sunday Mass Without Public in St. Peter’s

VOA News BY Associated Press VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is celebrating Palm Sunday Mass without the public, since the traditional ceremony in St. Peter’s Square was scrapped because of the coronavirus pandemic. Normally, tens of thousands of Romans, tourists and pilgrims, clutching olive tree branches or palm fronds would have flocked to an outdoor mass led by the pontiff. Instead, Francis was leading the ceremony inside St. Peter’s Basilica, which seemed even more cavernous than usual because it was so empty. Besides his aides, a few invited prelates, nuns and laypeople were present, sitting solo in the first pews…
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Rhode Island Congressional Delegation Hears from COVID-19 Frontline Caregivers, Pledges More Life-Saving Support and Protection from Congress

Rhode Island - The entire Rhode Island Congressional delegation heard directly from hundreds of health care workers on the frontline of the Covid-19 crisis in a Zoom Tele Town Hall sponsored by District 1199 SEIU New England. Senator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Jim Langevin, and Congressman David Cicilline all participated in the exchange with health care workers. "We don't have enough PPE. We were expected to use the same masks several days in a row; now we at least get one mask per day, but we still don't have eye-protection. We're scared because we could transmit it from resident…
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Governor, Dr. Alexander-Scott Provide Updates on COVID-19 Data, Testing

Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) provided an update today on the state’s response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) ; All Rhode Islanders who have symptoms of COVID-19 are urged to call a healthcare provider to coordinate a ;The symptoms of COVID-19 include any of these symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches (myalgias), chills, runny nose or stuffy nose, sore throat, headache, or diarrhea. COVID-19 testing in Rhode Island had previously been limited to the members of certain priority populations who are more vulnerable…
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Reed Calls for National, Unified Stay-At-Home Policy to Combat COVID-19

PROVIDENCE, RI –  Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), the Ranking Member of the Armed Services Committee, says a national, coordinated stay-at-home agreement by all fifty states and territories is needed to effectively combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  While Constitutional authority to enforce public health interventions lies primarily with the states, Senator Reed is urging President Trump to publicly support a national stay-at-home agreement to halt the exponential spread of ; Senator Reed says an aggressive, coordinated, and unified response is required to slow the spread and buy more time until improved testing and a vaccine can be developed and deployed. Senator…
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Reed & Whitehouse Seek Automatic CARES Act Payments for Social Security Recipients Who Don’t File Tax Returns

41 Senators send letter urging Trump Admin to remove needless barriers that could prevent eligible senior citizens and others from getting direct payments from CARES Act Trump Administration should not try to bury seniors in paperwork in order to access the benefits they are entitled to and that IRS & Social Security Administration should already have access to the required information WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to help retirees and seniors living on fixed incomes access the direct payments they are eligible for under the new $ trillion emergency coronavirus relief law, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse are asking…
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Large Cache of Illegal Drugs Seized in Tunnel Stretching Across US-Mexico Border

VOA News federal agents seized a large cache of drugs from a long tunnel used by smugglers to move them across the border. The 600-meter long tunnel, which ran under a series of warehouses from the northern Mexican border town of Tijuana to the southern California city of San Diego, was discovered on March 19 by the San Diego Tunnel Task Force, a special unit made up of agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and other ; Among the drugs stashed in the tunnel were nearly 600 kilograms of cocaine, 1,360 kilograms of marijuana, plus smaller amounts of methamphetamine, heroin…
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RI Complete Count Committee to Hold a Virtual Rally Via Zoom To Kick-Off the 2020 Census

A virtual rally, via Zoom, to kick-off the 2020 Census with Providence City Council President Sabina Matos, Members of the Providence City Council, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza of Providence, Mayor James A. Diossa of Central Falls, Luis Estrada, the Campaign Manager of the Rhode Island Complete Count Committee and other Community Speakers. PROVIDENCE, RI (April 1, 2020)…the Honorable Council President Sabina Matos and the Honorable Members of the Providence City Council, along with the Honorable Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the Honorable Mayor James A. Diossa, and the RI Complete Count Committee will be hosting a Virtual Rally to Kick-Off the 2020…
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Economic Impact Payments

BY Better Business Bureau The United States Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin soon and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people.   This news will lead to the increase of scam phone calls, text messages or emails asking for personal information and claiming you need to provide it to receive the benefits. BBB is warning everyone to not give out any information to these fake communications, as these checks are being sent out automatically, according to the IRS.  See our recent scam alerts on relief checks and fake texts.   Seniors are especially vulnerable to these kinds of…
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