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Happy Monday and welcome to Rhode Map, your daily guide to everything happening in the Ocean State. I’m Dan McGowan and if you’re looking to binge-listen to a new podcast, try “Exit Scam.” Follow me on Twitter @DanMcGowan or send tips to Dan.McGowan@globe.com.

ICYMI: Rhode Island was up to 152,383 confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday, after adding 24 new cases. The most-recent overall daily test-positive rate was 0.4 percent. The state announced no new deaths, keeping the total at 2,724. There were 35 people in the hospital, and 608,375 residents were fully vaccinated.


Rhode Island continues to rank among the best states in the country for COVID-19 vaccination rates, but there are still a handful of communities lagging behind.

Data from the Department of Health show that Foster, Central Falls, Newport, Burrillville, Pawtucket, Providence, Tiverton, and Woonsocket are the only municipalities where fewer than 50 percent of residents are fully vaccinated.

The silver lining: Only two of those communities (Tiverton and Woonsocket) are below the 50 percent threshold for those partially vaccinated, which means many residents in those municipalities are on track to being fully vaccinated.

One concern: Officials in Central Falls made a strong early effort to get their residents vaccinated, but the city now has a 10-point gap between partial vaccinations and full vaccinations. That’s the highest in the state (with the exception of New Shoreham, which is over 100 percent in both categories, based on 2018 population data.)

Here’s a look at the eight communities where fewer than 50 percent of residents are fully vaccinated.


Partially vaccinated: 51.9 percent

Fully vaccinated: 48.6 percent

Central Falls

Partially vaccinated: 58.4 percent

Fully vaccinated: 48.2 percent



Partially vaccinated: 53.1 percent

Fully vaccinated: 48 percent


Partially vaccinated: 51.6 percent

Fully vaccinated: 46.9 percent


Partially vaccinated: 52.5 percent

Fully vaccinated: 45.9 percent


Partially vaccinated: 53 percent

Fully vaccinated: 45.6 percent


Partially vaccinated: 47.7 percent

Fully vaccinated: 44.1 percent


Partially vaccinated: 46 percent

Fully vaccinated: 40.2 percent


⚓ If you’re just catching up on the state budget debate, Ed Fitzpatrick has a handy guide to the key items to watch. Read more.

⚓ This week’s Ocean State Innovators Q&A is with Priya Mittal and Olivia Tulkoff, the co-founders of Fette cups. E-mail Alexa Gagosz with suggestions for this weekly interview. Read more.

⚓ Crews pulled a 30-year-old man from the water near Narragansett Bay on Sunday evening and were searching for an 11-year-old girl. Read more.

⚓ Kara Swisher from the New York Times interviewed US Representative David Cicilline on her podcast last week. Listen here.

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Environment: During New England’s heat wave early this month — five days of 90 degree-plus heat, the longest June heat wave in nearly a century — peak electricity demand from air conditioning put 36 million extra pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Read more.

⚓ SCOTUS: Justice Stephen G. Breyer is faced with the very high stakes and hyperpolitical moment he has long sought to remain above. Read more.

Politics: Even as Boston’s population has swelled and shifted, the city hasn’t overhauled its voting precincts in decades. The result: long lines for some, a speedy process for others. And all too often, advocates say, the voters waiting the longest are people of color. Read more.


Sports: The Tokyo Olympics will allow some local fans to attend when the games open in just over a month, organizing committee officials and the IOC said on Monday. Read more.


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 House and Senate Judiciary Committees will consider a bill that would establish a statewide body camera program for police officers.

⚓ The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on legislation that would grant driving privileges to people who are in the country illegally.

⚓ The Senate Oversight Committee will discuss Eleanor Slater Hospital during a 5 p.m. meeting.

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Dan McGowan can be reached at dan.mcgowan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @danmcgowan.