Rhode Island is getting more than $8 million in federal grants for homeless assistance programs.
The funds administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development will support 33 homeless assistance projects around the state.
“A safe place to live is one of the most effective forms of PPE, but too many Americans are without a home,” U.S. Sen. Jack Reed said in a statement Sunday. “The COVID-19 pandemic and the economic fallout threaten to exacerbate the number of people who can’t afford stable housing. It’s critical that the federal government step up to assist and this federal funding is just one part of that larger effort.”
Meanwhilke in Massachusetts, businesses like gyms, movie theaters, museums and sight-seeing harbor cruises can resume Monday in Boston under its coronavirus pandemic reopening plan.
The businesses can reopen, following a 25% capacity limit, given the improvement in the number of COVID-19 cases and in the city’s positivity rate.
Other sites include aquariums, indoor recreational venues with the potential for low contact, such as batting cages and bowling alleys, and gaming arcades.
“While there has been some improvement in recent weeks, it’s still vital that everyone remains vigilant,” Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement last week.
Here’s a look at other coronavirus developments around New England:
A winter fundraiser for the United Way of Greater Nashua had a different look this year because of the coronavirus.
The third annual Blizzard Blast race on Saturday traded in the obstacle course event at Mine Falls ark for a virtual format.
Runners could stop at 21 different local nonprofits and do an athletic challenge, including lunges, pushups, burpees and kettle bells, WMUR-TV reported.
The proceeds are benefitting the United Way of Greater Nashua’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, which has raised over $21,000.
The state of Vermont will be testing light-based air filters on public buses to see if they improve air quality and protect against the coronavirus and other airborne illnesses.
More than $580,000 from the Federal Transit Administration will cover the cost of installing the devices, testing the air on the buses, and conducting a public opinion survey, said Dan Currier, public transit coordinator for the Vermont Agency of Transportation.
“We saw this research grant and wanted the opportunity to try out this technology and see if it also helped to improve the air quality, not just the surface cleanliness,” Currier told the Times Argus.
One of Vermont’s eight public transit providers will be selected to get the the devices. Currier expects to get the units by April and testing will be done in the months after that.
Green Mountain Transit, which serves the Burlington area and other parts Chittenden County as well as Washington, Grand Isle, and Franklin counties, is getting five buses this summer with UVC filters in them, said Jon Moore, general manager for the bus company. The filters were available as an optional feature when the buses were purchased, he said.
The latest average positivity rate in Maine is 3.81%. State health departments are calculating positivity rate differently across the country, but for Maine the AP calculates the rate by dividing new cases by test specimens using data from The COVID Tracking Project.
The seven-day rolling average of the positivity rate in Maine did not increase over the past two weeks, going from 6.4% on Jan. 16 to 3.8% on Saturday.
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported more than 39,000 positive cases of the virus and 590 deaths since the start of the pandemic.