Rhode Island reports 68 new COVID-19 cases, 2 additional deaths

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Two more Rhode Islanders have died after contracting COVID-19, the R.I. Department of Health reported Wednesday, bringing the state’s death toll to 1,041.

Another 68 people tested positive with 3,637 new tests conducted for a daily positivity rate of 1.9%, according to the Health Department.

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Hospitalizations fell to 80 from 87 a day earlier, including 11 people in the intensive care unit and four on ventilators, according to the Health Department.

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With the deadline for reopening schools quickly approaching, Raimondo said Monday the state will handle COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and case investigation for schools.

Local school districts are still responsible for obtaining personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies and reporting cases to the state Health Department.

More details on the state’s testing plan for schools is expected to be released later on Wednesday.

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