RI exceeds 100 new COVID-19 cases for first time in a month; 1 more death


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The R.I. Department of Health on Tuesday reported new COVID-19 cases exceeding 100 people for the first time in more than a month.

Public health officials announced 102 new people have tested positive for the disease, while another 30 individuals have retested positive.

The new cases represent a sharp increase from the day before, and mark the first time the number has exceeded 100 since June 10, when 104 people tested positive.

The state also reported 2,383 tests came back negative Monday, resulting in a daily positivity rate of 3.5% — which is the highest its been since May 31.

The increase in new cases comes roughly two weeks after the state entered into Phase 3 of its reopening plan, which included relaxing social distancing mandates and allowing more businesses to reopen.

List: Here’s what’s open right now in RI, Mass. »

In addition to the increase of new cases, the Health Department also reported one more person with COVID-19 has died, bringing the death toll to 985 in Rhode Island.

(Story continues below.)

Currently, 69 patients are in the hospital — an increase of two since Monday — which includes five people in intensive care and three on ventilators. Like new cases, hospitalizations have started to rise in recent days, bucking a consistent downward trend seen for weeks.

Gov. Gina Raimondo and Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott are expected to provide an update on the public health crisis at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Coronavirus: Coverage and Resources

COVID-19 Tracking: Maps, Charts, Interactive Data | Projection Models | Find a Testing Site Near You | School Updates | Latest Headlines

RI Coronavirus Hotline: (401) 222-8022 | Work-Related Questions: (401) 462-2020 | Mental Health Assistance: (401) 414-5465

Coronavirus: Latest Headlines

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


Download Mobile Apps from WPRI 12
DOWNLOAD APPS NOW: Apple App Store | Google Play Store

Dan Yorke State of Mind

DYSOM 5/7/2021: Lt. Governor Sabina Matos

More Dan Yorke State of Mind

Don't Miss

Viewer Pa on WPRI.com


More Live Cams

Community Events & Happenings

More Community