RI reports 3 more COVID-19 deaths as positivity rate, hospitalizations hold steady

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island Department of Health announced Tuesday that three more people in the state have died after contracting COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 906.

The Health Department also reported 71 new positive cases out of 3,492 tests conducted for a daily positivity rate of 2%.

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While the number of hospitalizations fell slightly to 105, the number of patients in the ICU (19) and on ventilators (17) climbed since Monday.

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On Monday, Gov. Gina Raimondo said she intends to release new rules regarding state beaches in her next briefing at 1 p.m. Wednesday after crowding was an issue over the weekend. An estimated 40,000 people visited the state’s beaches between Saturday and Sunday, according to Raimondo, and some beachgoers reacted badly to being told not to congregate in large groups.

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In addition, state inspectors found high compliance with the mask-wearing requirement at restaurants and gyms but Raimondo said many businesses that were visited still didn’t have a COVID-19 control plan as required.

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