RI tops 19,000 COVID-19 cases since March; no new deaths reported for 2nd straight day


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The R.I. Department of Health reported 64 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the total to more than 19,000 since the public health crisis began.

Health officials also announced no new coronavirus-related deaths, marking the second consecutive day without any newly reported fatalities.

The new cases in comparison to the overall negative tests resulted in a daily positivity rate of 1.7%, according to data provided by the Health Department.

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As of Friday, 76 COVID-19 patients were in the hospital, with 15 in the intensive care unit and five on ventilators, according to the Health Department.

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To date, 1,007 people in Rhode Island have died after contracting COVID-19.

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