Keep virus restrictions in place a while longer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Dr. Ashish Jha is recommending that states continue their COVID-19 restrictions for a few more weeks because the number of new cases nationwide has stopped declining.

The nation is reporting about 50,000 infections every day, “about where we were at the height of the summer,” Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health and coronavirus expert said in a Wednesday tweet.

Jha thinks the numbers are being driven by the U.K. variant of the virus.

“We are still at a high level of infection,” he wrote. “We have stopped declining. Am I sure we’ll see cases rise? No, but worried. Let’s finish vaccinating high risk folks, then smartly relax public health measures. That will allow us to enjoy what should be a great summer.”



Several Stop & Shop supermarket locations in Rhode Island are now offering COVID-19 vaccinations, according to the company’s website.

The immunizations are available by appointment only to people who live, work or go to school in the state and are eligible under state guidelines.

The company warned that vaccine supply is very limited.

The one-dose Johnson & Johnson shots are available at the Lincoln, East Providence, and North Smithfield stores and at the Warwick Avenue location in Warwick.

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