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Rhode Island COVID-19 Partner Update

Vaccine News
COVID-19 vaccines are available to children age 6 months and older and everyone age 5 and older is eligible for a booster dose. If you have questions about COVID-19 vaccines for children, talk with a healthcare provider or visit

Download the 401Health App
The 401Health app is your one stop shop to download your COVID-19 vaccine record, learn about testing and treatment options, and, now, report your self-test result. Download the app or get the latest update in the App Store or on Google Play. To learn more, visit

School, Parent an Child Care Staff Surveys

The Rhode Island Department of Health is looking for feedback on COVID-19 information provided to schools and child care programs over the past year. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey below if you are a staff member and/or a parent of someone in school or child care.   
Child Care Staff Survey:

Child Care Parent Survey:  
Pre K-12 Staff Survey: 
Pre K-12 Parent Survey: 

Drug Overdose and Substance Use Prevention News
RIDOH Reminds Providers to Follow Regulations for Safe Opioid Prescribing  
RIDOH Provider Advisory was sent out this week (Wednesday, July 27)  to remind all prescribers to carry out safe opioid prescribing as outlined in Rhode Island’s regulations for Pain Management, Opioid Use and the Registration of Distributors of Controlled Substances (216-RICR-20-20-4). It was noted to prescribers that these practices are especially critical for patients who have a history of substance use and/or overdose.
The Advisory outlined the importance of:

  • Taking a medical history and physical examination of the patient
  • Do a screening of all patients annually or upon entry to the practice to assess potential risk for substance use/misuse
  • Having a conversation with the patient about the risks of opioid prescription pain medications and documenting that this conversation took place in the medical record

The Advisory also provided screening tools and educational resources that are available on the RIDOH website.

Download RIDOH’s Latest Podcast
This week’s guest expert on the Public Health Out Loud podcast is Dr. Scott Rivkees, the former surgeon general for the State of Florida. As the state’s leading public health officer from June 2019 to September 2021, Dr. Rivkees oversaw the state’s COVID-19 response. Now, Dr. Rivkees is a professor of practice of health services, policy, and practice and vice chair of the Department of Health Service, Policy, and Practice at the Brown University School of Public Health.
Co-hosts Dr. Philip Chan and Dr. Jim McDonald ask Dr. Rivkees about his experiences leading the COVID-19 response in Florida, and opportunities for research and collaboration now that he’s at Brown University. 
Download this week’s episode to learn more.


Press releases from the Governor’s Office:
Recent executive orders:
COVID-19 school and child care guidance:
COVID-19 case and vaccination data for children and schools:
COVID-19 prevention guidance:
COVID-19 testing information:
COVID-19 vaccination information:
COVID-19 Information for healthcare professionals:
COVID-19 information for the public:
COVID-19 publications and resources:
COVID-19 information for workplaces:  and
COVID-19 resources in multiple languages:
CDC COVID-19 information:
Project Firstline Rhode Island: 

Social media platforms:

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Please contact RIDOH Infectious Disease Communications Coordinator Aaron Frechette ( for assistance with educational materials and communication resources. Please contact the RIDOH COVID-19 Information Line at 401-222-8022, or email, with any other questions.
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