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ICYMI: Rhode Island was up to 122,859 confirmed coronavirus cases on Thursday, after adding 320 new cases. The overall daily test-positive rate was 1.8 percent, and the first-time positive rate was 17.4 percent. The state announced 15 more deaths, bringing the total to 2,367. There were 180 people in the hospital, and 54,350 residents are fully vaccinated.
Let’s start with a public service announcement: If you’re 75 or older (or 65 starting Monday), you can still find open slots for the state-run COVID-19 vaccine sites, according to the new online portal that launched this week.
While nearly 120,000 health care workers, nursing home residents, first responders, and high-risk residents have already received at least one dose of the vaccine, Rhode Island health officials are now focused on getting all of our older residents vaccinated.
Starting Monday, all 174,000 Rhode Islanders age 65 and over will be able to schedule an appointment for a vaccine. I asked the Department of Health for a community-by-community breakdown of residents who are at least 65 years old.
Municipality: Total pop. / Age 65-74 / Age 75+
Barrington: 16,178 / 1,498 / 1,168
Bristol: 22,234 / 2,204 / 2,374
Burrillville: 16,453 / 1,491 / 900
Central Falls: 19,382 / 677 / 690
Charlestown: 7,780 / 1,185 / 548
Coventry: 34,575 / 3,261 / 2,641
Cranston: 81,196 / 7,775 / 6,032
Cumberland: 34,652 / 3,443 / 2,761
East Greenwich: 13,073 / 1,119 / 1,019
East Providence: 47,449 / 4,326 / 4,591
Exeter: 6,782 / 547 / 474
Foster: 4,689 / 619 / 264
Glocester: 10,062 / 1,109 / 499
Hopkinton: 8,111 / 876 / 389
Jamestown: 5,496 / 816 / 498
Johnston: 29,235 / 2,973 / 2,806
Lincoln: 21,644 / 2,003 / 2,143
Little Compton: 3,505 / 712 / 391
Middletown: 16,078 / 1,511 / 1,516
Narragansett: 15,550 / 1,971 / 1,674
New Shoreham: 827 / 169 / 52
Newport: 24,762 / 2,419 / 1,862
North Kingstown: 26,207 / 3,088 / 1,973
North Providence: 32,459 / 3,103 / 3,120
North Smithfield: 12,349 / 1,493 / 1,038
Pawtucket: 71,756 / 5,176 / 3,921
Portsmouth: 17,418 / 2,039 / 1,755
Providence: 179,435 / 9,868 / 8,384
Richmond: 7,626 / 706 / 296
Scituate: 10,603 / 1,246 / 788
Smithfield: 21,630 / 2,448 / 2,021
South Kingstown: 30,735 / 3,221 / 2,595
Tiverton: 15,816 / 2,346 / 1,485
Warren: 10,488 / 1,306 / 856
Warwick: 81,079 / 9,133 / 6,950
West Greenwich: 6,179 / 615 / 189
West Warwick: 28,955 / 2,727 / 1,974
Westerly: 22,624 / 2,587 / 2,091
Woonsocket: 41,539 / 2,994 / 2,682
As of last Friday – the most recent available data – the ages of residents who had received at least one dose of the vaccine were relatively evenly spread across different groups, in large part because many of the health professionals who were given preference are under the age of 65. These numbers will likely shift in the coming weeks.
Ages 0-19: 930
75 and older: 22,815
THE GLOBE IN RHODE ISLAND
⚓ Alexa Gagosz reports that people younger than 75 can jump the line and book a vaccine appointment in Rhode Island. But the state says those appointments will be canceled. Read more.
⚓ Amanda Milkovits finds that many of the Rhode Island Republicans who left the party following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the US Capitol were from coastal upper-income communities. Read more.
⚓ Diane Bair and Pamela Wright embarked on the Early Black History Walking Tour in Providence - and they learned a lot. Read more.
⚓ Brown University and the rest of the Ivy League won’t play spring sports because of the pandemic. Read more.
⚓ Rhode Map readers have sent a round of Happy Birthday wishes to: M. Charles Bakst (77), Maren Gingras (8), James McMahon (93), Lauren Greene (33), Sarah Dell, Elyse Paré, Ida Lamothe (73), Nick Inglis, Terry Donilon, Nicole Verdi, Graham Galts (18), state Representative Grace Diaz, Stephen A. DeSilva (69), Domenic Del Monico, Olivia Bowen (3), and Karen Farrell.
MORE ON BOSTONGLOBE.COM
⚓ Business: Governor Charlie Baker will hire an outside firm to study how much the remote-work trend will continue after the COVID-19 pandemic ends, and what that will mean for policy decisions and sectors of the state’s economy. Read more.
⚓ Education: Harvard University professor Cornel West is threatening to leave Harvard University after he said the administration disrespected him by denying his request to be considered for tenure. Read more.
⚓ Opinion: Columnist Kevin Cullen makes the case that John Connolly, who was Whitey Bulger’s FBI handler, was far from the only one who should have been held accountable for enabling Bulger to murder and menace with impunity. Read more.
⚓ Obit: In a newspaper career unlikely to be repeated nowadays, Virginia Bohlin had 34 years of experience as a reporter, columnist, and editor when the Globe hired her in 1976. Then she worked for another 39 years. Read more.
WHAT’S ON TAP TODAY
Each day, Rhode Map offers a cheat sheet breaking down what’s happening in Rhode Island. Have an idea? E-mail us at RInews@globe.com.
⚓ The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation meets at 2 p.m. to discuss a partnership with the Rhode Island Foundation.
⚓ A day after skipping the weekly COVID-19 press conference, Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee is holding a meeting with his COVID-19 transition advisors at 5 p.m.
⚓ Interested in joining the offshore wind workforce? Rhode Island Sea Grant is hosting a virtual discussion at 1 p.m.
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