As expected, COVID-19 variants of concern have arrived in Rhode Island. These variants spread more easily and quickly than other strains of the virus, which may lead to more cases and deaths. Vaccination helps protect against these variants by reducing their spread. That protects Rhode Island’s families, businesses, and economy. So does wearing your mask, watching your distance, and following quarantine and isolation requirements. Help keep RI open. Learn more at covid.ri.gov/variants.