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Happy Friday and welcome to Rhode Map, your daily guide to everything happening in the Ocean State. I’m Dan McGowan and I’m all-in on Hot Rod Charlie in the Kentucky Derby this weekend. Follow me on Twitter @DanMcGowan or send tips to Dan.McGowan@globe.com.
ICYMI: Rhode Island was up to 147,897 confirmed coronavirus cases on Thursday, after adding 264 new cases. The most-recent overall daily test-positive rate was 1.4 percent, and the first-time positive rate was 17.1 percent. The state announced one more death, bringing the total to 2,669. There were 150 people in the hospital, and 375,598 residents were fully vaccinated.
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It’s the last day of April, and we’ve got mostly good news on the COVID-19 vaccination front.
There are only two communities in the state where at least 50 percent of the population (age 15 or older) are not yet at least partially vaccinated. Woonsocket is at 44 percent and Tiverton is at 47.6 percent.
In New Shoreham, East Greenwich, Barrington, Jamestown, and North Kingstown, at least 70 percent of the population is at least partially vaccinated. As you might expect, those municipalities are also the clubhouse leaders in full vaccinations.
Hover over the different areas to get a sense of how many people have been vaccinated in each.
And here’s a guide to each city and town’s vaccination rate, courtesy of the Department of Health.
*2018 population of people at least 15 years old
THE GLOBE IN RHODE ISLAND
⚓ My latest column: Brown University did a nice thing this week by awarding $470,000 to Providence schools. But it’s not nearly enough. I’ve got a few big ideas for how the university could make a significant contribution to the district. Read more.
⚓ House Speaker Joseph Shekarchi is putting the power of his position behind a new priority: housing. Read more.
⚓The owner of Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence and Our lady of Fatima Hospital in North Providence is threatening to shut down the two facilities after a dispute with Attorney General Peter Neronha. Read more.
⚓ Farmers’ markets are the ideal warm weather activity, and that joy of buying local, outdoors, is about to return to the Ocean State. Read more.
⚓ Governor McKee visited the Eleanor Slater Hospital’s Zambarano unit in Burrillville on Wednesday amid questions and controversy about the state-run facility’s future. Read more.
⚓ The Rhode Island Health Care Cost Trends Steering Committee announced Thursday that health care spending per capita grew 4.1 percent between 2018 and 2019, producing health care spending of approximately $8,949 per covered Rhode Islander. Read more.
⚓ Rhode Map readers have sent a round of Happy Birthday wishes to: Natalie Petrucci, Ellen Foley, Josie Holstein (1), Henri Berard (2), Elaine Craven (89), Pam Priestley Gyles (ageless), Raymonde Charles, Mark Nietzel (64), Peter Harrington (66), Ed Achorn, Gonzalo Cuervo, Ethan Shorey, Ralph Lufkin (38), Linda Fenton, Dave Bizzacco (69), John Cianciolo, and Maureen O’Brien (60).
MORE ON BOSTONGLOBE.COM
⚓ Health: The system so far has favored people with the skills and motivation to get a vaccination. What’s left are the people with doubts, obstacles, disabilities, or just too much else to do. And primary care doctors say they’re the ones who can coax and assist those people. Read more.
⚓ Politics: My colleague James Pindell explains why the next 100 days will define President Joe Biden’s presidency. Read more.
⚓ Crime: The ex-girlfriend of Jasiel F. Correia II testified Thursday that the former Fall River mayor showered an ex-girlfriend with gifts, from $700 Christian Louboutin high heels to Tiffany jewelry and a Kate Spade handbag. He flew across the country for a day trip to celebrate the Fourth of July with her, rented a helicopter to show her Newport and spent $949 for a night at the Willard InterContinental in Washington, D.C. Read more.
⚓ Sports: It looks like the Patriots have their long-term solution at quarterback. Or at least someone for Kwity Paye to sack for the next decade. 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.
⚓ Governor McKee is making an announcement on on the Rhode Island Military Family Relief Fund at noon in East Greenwich.
⚓ Rhode Island’s all-state student musicians are hosting a virtual concert at 6 p.m. on Sunday.
⚓ It’s a different kind of commencement weekend at Brown University.
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