RI surpasses 100K first doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered; 44 more deaths reported

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The number of people vaccinated for COVID-19 in Rhode Island continues to rise, while the number of hospitalizations continues to fall.

Data released Monday afternoon by the R.I. Department of Health shows about 101,000 first doses of the vaccine have been administered to date, while nearly 47,000 people have gotten both required doses and are now fully vaccinated.

Another 44 people in Rhode Island have died after contracting COVID-19, the Health Department said, bringing Rhode Island’s reported death toll to 2,334 since the start of the pandemic.

The Health Department also reported 895 new coronavirus infections over the past three days.

The total number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized declined to 181, marking the first time that number has been below 200 since Oct. 31, when there were 198 in the hospital.

Earlier on Monday, Rhode Island removed seven states from its travel advisory list.

People coming to Rhode Island from California, Delaware, Louisiana, Montana, New Hampshire, Washington, and West Virginia no longer have to quarantine for 10 days or provide proof of a negative coronavirus test upon arrival.

Rhode Island’s list now consists of 23 states considered “higher-risk” for COVID-19, meaning they have a positivity rate greater than 5%.

Meanwhile, in neighboring Massachusetts, Rhode Island and 46 other states remain on the list of “higher-risk” states. In addition to a positivity rate below 5% (which Rhode Island has), Massachusetts requires a state’s average daily cases to be below six per 100,000 residents.

Only Hawaii and North Dakota are considered “lower-risk” by those standards at this time.

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