PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Rhode Island has held relatively steady as the state looks to address staffing shortages at its hospitals and field hospitals.
Data from the R.I. Department of Health shows the state currently has 408 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. That’s down from an all-time high of 425 on Monday, according to revised data released Friday.
Of those 408 patients, 45 are in intensive care and 29 are on ventilators.
Another 13 people in Rhode Island have died after contracting COVID-19, health officials said, bringing the total to 1,413.
The Health Department also reported 1,326 new coronavirus infections on Friday and a daily positivity rate of 9.2%, with 14,478 tests administered on Thursday.
According to the revised data, the state reported 1,404 new cases on Wednesday, which is the most in a single day since the start of the pandemic.
In addition to the 1,325 new infections, the Health Department on Friday added 91 newly disclosed cases to prior-day totals over the past two weeks.
During her weekly briefing on Thursday, Gov. Gina Raimondo confirmed the state expects to receive 29,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the year. The vaccines will be made available through both Pfizer and Moderna, according to Raimondo, and they will initially be distributed to health care workers and high-risk individuals.
The governor also urged anyone with a health care background to join the fight against COVID-19 as Rhode Island’s hospitals and field hospitals deal with staffing shortages.
The state has opened two field hospitals in Providence and Cranston which Raimondo said are top-notch but also “only as good as the people who staff them,” referring to the need for more health care workers.
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