RI reports 50 new COVID cases as community transmission rate continues to climb

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The state of Rhode Island continues to see what appears to be a post-holiday rise in new coronavirus infections.

New data released Thursday by the R.I. Department of Health shows there were 50 new positive cases, which is the most reported in a single day since June 3.

The data also shows the rate of community transmission has more than doubled over the past two weeks, with the state seeing more than 21 new cases per 100,000 persons over the past seven days.

COVID-19 hospitalizations, however, have been trending slightly downward, with 22 patients currently admitted to medical facilities in Rhode Island, down from 30 last week.

Another four Rhode Islanders have died after contracting the virus, health officials report, bringing the total to 2,736.

The state on Thursday also surpassed 1.3 million total vaccine doses administered, according to the data. Roughly 66% of the population is at least partially vaccinated, while more than 60% is considered fully vaccinated.

The Health Department and Gov. Dan McKee’s office also announced that six state-run testing sites for the school and child-care communities will close by the end of the month:

  • Bristol: Stop & Shop parking lot, 605 Metacom Ave.
  • Cranston: Stop & Shop parking lot, 275 Warwick Ave.
  • Lincoln: YMCA parking lot, 32 Breakneck Hill Road
  • Providence: Stop & Shop parking lot, 850 Manton Ave.
  • Smithfield: Fidelity Investment headquarters parking lot, 100 Salem St.
  • Westerly: Walmart parking lot, 258 Post Road

State officials said school-based testing will be crucial once students return to the classroom full-time in the fall, which may involve outbreak testing, symptomatic testing, and asymptomatic testing. The Health Department said it will help schools develop their coronavirus testing programs along with the R.I. Department of Education.

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