RI leaders to lay out back-to-school guidance for the fall

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Gov. Dan McKee has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday to announce new COVID-19 guidance for Rhode Island schools in advance of students’ return in the fall.

He’ll be joined by R.I. Department of Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green and Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, according to McKee’s office.

12 News plans to stream the 9 a.m. briefing live on WPRI.com.

McKee’s office said the governor will lay out “recommendations for municipalities as well as guidance for teachers, parents, and students to ensure a safe in-person return,” noting that the current K-12 guidance remains in effect throughout the summer.

As for higher education, most local colleges and universities are requiring that students get vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus in September.

Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is available to everyone ages 12 and older in Rhode Island, while the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available to everyone ages 18 and older.

The most recent data from the R.I. Department of Health shows 65% of Rhode Islanders are at least partially vaccinated, while 59% are considered fully vaccinated.

On Tuesday, health officials reported 15 new positive cases and no additional deaths.

The Health Department also updated the weekly data, which showed the state had just 10 new hospital admissions over the past week, while the rate of new cases per 100,000 persons fell to 12 and percent positive by week stayed at 0.4%.

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