Health Dept: Flu no longer widespread in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The flu is no longer considered widespread in Rhode Island, according to state health officials.

The R.I. Dept. of Health announced Wednesday the declaration has been lifted. It was put in place back on April 16 following a stark increase in the number of hospitalizations for flu-like illnesses.

Health care workers who are not vaccinated are no longer required to wear surgical masks when in direct contact with patients.

This was the second wave of the flu in the state, after it was declared widespread from Jan. 8 until Feb. 27.

Officials said there were 26 flu-related deaths this season.

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