RI removed from CT, NY, NJ travel advisory lists; 1 COVID-19 death, 99 new cases reported


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island’s cumulative COVID-19 case count surpassed 20,000 on Tuesday, with 99 new positive cases reported by state health officials.

The R.I. Department of Health also said one more person died after contracting the disease, bringing the state’s total to 1,016.

As of mid-day Tuesday, 88 COVID-19 patients were in the hospital. Of those patients, nine were in the ICU and two were on ventilators.

The daily rate of positive tests came out to 2.5%, according to the Health Department.

On Tuesday, the governors of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey updated their travel advisories to remove Rhode Island, meaning Rhode Islanders traveling to those states no longer have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Connecticut Travel Advisory » | New York Travel Advisory » | New Jersey Travel Advisory »

The list includes states with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average.

After Rhode Island was added to the lists, state leaders argued that some national rankings had been overstating the positivity rate.

As of Tuesday, Rhode Island remains on the list of “higher risk states” not exempt from Gov. Charlie Baker’s travel order in Massachusetts.

Travel/Beach Restrictions: Here’s what you need to know for RI, Mass. »

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