State Health Department Says Flu Is Widespread

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Department of Health is announcing that the flu is widespread in the state.  That is triggering a requirement for unvaccinated healthcare workers in hospitals and other healthcare facilities to wear masks during direct patient contact.  The health department is also reminding residents to consider going to a primary care provider or an urgent care facility for flu treatment instead of an emergency room, noting that less-severe cases of the flu do not usually require an ER trip.

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