PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Another part of Rhode Island is now considered to have high transmission of COVID-19.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) raised the COVID-19 community level to “high” for Newport County, which joins Providence and Kent counties at that level. Bristol and Washington counties are one step below at “medium.”
The community levels are updated weekly based on case and hospitalization rates.
The CDC recommends that people in areas of high transmission wear masks in crowded public settings and get tested after coming into contact with someone who has tested positive.
Dr. Phillip Chan, a consultant medical director at the Rhode Island Department of Health, said it is difficult to tell the difference between the three, but one way to keep yourself healthy is to stay up to date on vaccines and boosters.
“It is effective against these emerging variants, and also make sure to get vaccinated against flu if you haven’t. The flu vaccine this year is really effective. It should prevent the flu, if not a severe illness,” he said.