COVID-19 hospitalizations hit all-time high in RI; 22 deaths, 982 new cases reported

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — COVID-19 hospitalizations have reached a new all-time high in Rhode Island, as the R.I. Department of Health reported Tuesday that 444 people with the virus are currently hospitalized.

The newly released health data also showed a stark increase in percent positive by week, increasing to 8.9% compared to 6.9% last week. The rate of new hospitalizations by week grew to 427 from 401, while new cases per 100,000 residents increased to 846 from 568.

Another 22 people in the state have died after contracting the virus, health officials said.

Of the 444 people currently in the hospital, 43 are in intensive care and 25 are on ventilators.

The state also reported 982 new infections and a daily positivity rate of 9.4% on Tuesday, with 10,421 tests administered on Monday. In addition to the new infections, the Health Department added 247 newly disclosed cases to prior-day totals over the past two weeks.

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