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Vaccination clinic opens at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket

May 12, 2021 GMT

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — With no baseball team in town, McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket is being put to good use with the opening of a vaccination clinic at the site on Wednesday.

The drive-up, walk-up site will be open every Wednesday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., according to a statement from the city.

Residents can make an appointment for a shot at the state’s vaccine signup portal, but people without an appointment are also welcome and encouraged, city officials said.

The goal is to make getting vaccinations as convenient as possible.

“We want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to get a vaccine,” Pawtucket Public Health and Equity Leader Elizabeth Moreira said. “We believe that opening this site gives everyone another great option for vaccination appointments later on in the day.”

The clinic will be run in partnership with the Rhode Island National Guard and Rhode Island Medical Reserve Corps Disaster Medical Assistance Team.

The COVID-19 testing site at the stadium will continue operating.

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HEALTH DEPARTMENT DATA

The Rhode Island Department of Health on Wednesday reported more than 150 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and two more virus-related deaths.

There have now been more than 150,200 known cases and 2,696 fatalities in the state.

The new cases were out about 15,000 tests the previous day for a daily positivity rate of 1%.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Rhode Island has dropped over the past two weeks from 266 on April 26 to 167 on Monday, according to Johns Hopkins statistics.

More than 467,000 people in the state have now been fully vaccinated, or about 44% of the total population, the state health department reported.

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TRINITY REP

Live performances in front of an in-person audience are returning to the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence this fall, the theater group announced Wednesday.

In-person performances were suspended in March 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2021-22 season will start in November with Trinity Rep’s 44th annual production of “A Christmas Carol.” The holiday tradition will be followed by a four-show season running January through June 2022.

Those shows are “Tiny Beautiful Things,” “Gem of the Ocean,” “Sueno,” and “Fairview.”

“We’ve chosen a season of plays that will resonate deeply, that have great language and ideas, that show the depth of the human condition, and are all surprising, funny, and provocative,” Artistic Director Curt Columbus said in a statement.

The company was founded in 1963.