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.”

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