Health

Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Launched

Starting today people experiencing a mental health crisis have a new way to reach out for help; they can simply call or text the numbers 9-8-8. From 988lifeline.org: The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or …

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Algae Advisory — Roosevelt Lake RWP

The Rhode Island Department of Health and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are advising people to avoid contact with Roosevelt Pond in Roger Williams Park in Providence . . . due to blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) blooms. More about blue-green algae at WPRI: People should avoid ingesting water or fish from these bodies …

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Spring Forward One Hour

Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour before going to bed tonight. According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), daylight saving time begins Sunday, March 13th at 2am. So, do we still need daylight saving time? Does yanking our schedule back and forth twice a year serve any practical purpose? …

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Vax Clinic — Children’s Museum Wednesdays

The Providence Children’s Museum is hosting vaccination clinics on Wednesdays, including this Wednesday. Get vaccinated and then play for free. Several more dates have been added. Facebook event. New dates for PCM’s vaccination clinic have opened up! We will be hosting more vaccination clinics for children ages 5-11 and boosters for 12+. Appointments are from …

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Rapid Testing In Prov

The Department of Health has announced the opening of rapid testing sites around the state for asymptomatic individuals, by appointment only, including the Rhode Island Convention Center ticket booth in downtown Providence. (For more sites go to the RIDOH Covid portal.) All state-run sites will be closed Saturday, December 25. In advance of holiday gatherings …

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RI Blood Center — Too Little Blood, Too Much Oz

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. All I meant to do here was to publicize the blood shortage, but I immediately bumped into the name of Dr. Oz, one of America’s most notorious scam artists, on the RIBC’s website. What is going on over there? (Your blood is needed: We are in …

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Shakes & Shots At The Independent Pharmacies

How about a lime rickey chaser with your vaccination. Maybe a Pfizer and phosphate pairing? The Green Line Apothecary on North Main Street is one of the independent pharmacies which will now be handling vaccinations, and a batch of new shots has just become available. From WPRI: Health officials and Gov. Dan McKee said approximately …

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PCL Helping With Vaccination Registration

The Providence Community Library (PCL) is stepping up big time. Imagine navigating the vaccination registration system without a computer, or computer competency. If this describes someone you know, here is how and when they can call a library and get started: Residents who are eligible for shots but need extra assistance to navigate the online …

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NYT Report On RI Covid Response

The Sunday New York Times reports today on “How Rhode Island Fell to the Coronavirus” starting from the early decisions that could have made a difference. Cases climbed steadily until early December, when Rhode Island earned the dubious distinction of having more cases and deaths per 100,000 people than any other state in the country. …

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Vaccinate PVD

I’m a little confused by this graphic but that is not important because the site seems pretty useful. First of all, Vaccinate Providence has two ways for you to follow for updates: Twitter or you can join their Notification List. The City of Providence is currently booking available appointments for upcoming Providence COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics …

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Free Covid Testing — Smith Hill Library

The Providence Community Library (PCL) will be hosting the Smith Hill Community Development Corporation (SHCDC) and the Rhode Island National Guard to bring free, twice-weekly, Covid testing to the parking lot area of the Smith Hill Library on Candace Street. People who take the 15-minute rapid test at the Smith Hill Library can view their …

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