Providence, RI – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today issued the following statement as the COVID-19 pandemic reached a grim milestone in Rhode Island:

“Today we mourn 1,001 fellow Rhode Islanders lost to COVID-19.  Each victim of this pandemic had a story.  Each was a part of our community.  As we pass this sad milestone, our hearts are with each family grieving a lost loved one.”

At least 100-million people could be protected from coronavirus by the end of February. That word today from the doctor leading Operation Warp Speed. He says the U.S. should be able to immunize that amount, and possibly even more if a third vaccine is approved by then.       The CDC is officially shortening the amount of time someone should quarantine after being exposed to coronavirus. A full 14-days is still recommended but now there are two other alternatives. If no symptoms develop, ten days is okay. It drops to seven with a negative test.        Canada isn't ready to reopen its borders until the U.S. can control the spread of coronavirus. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau [[ true-DOH ]] calls the outbreaks "extremely serious." But he actually wants to see better numbers on a worldwide scale before allowing visitors again.        The ACLU is calling out three agencies for allegedly tracking immigrants by their cell phone. They're suing Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They want records released about access to a database.        Lawmakers are racing to find an agreement on another coronavirus stimulus bill. That seemed enough for Wall Street today. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 60 points to close at 29-884. The S&P 500 gained seven points to 36-69. The Nasdaq lost 6 points to 12-349.       A marijuana charge is being dropped against an 18-year-old in Texas after he was kicked and tased by police. The whole thing was caught on surveillance video and went viral last month. Officials says the officers did a "premature search" when they found two ounces of pot.