No COVID deaths for 2nd straight day in RI; nearly 550K fully vaccinated


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Daily COVID-19 data provided by the R.I. Department of Health remained low on Friday as more people get vaccinated against the disease.

The positivity rate among all test-takers came out to 0.6%, which is the lowest since early September. Health officials reported 42 new positive cases out of more than 7,500 tests administered on Thursday.

The reported death toll remained unchanged for the second straight day, while overall hospitalizations held steady at 66. As of Friday, 14 of those patients were in the intensive care unit and nine were on ventilators.

More than 548,000 people who live, work and study in Rhode Island are now fully vaccinated, according to the Health Department, and another 99,000 are partially vaccinated after receiving the first of two Pfizer or Moderna doses.

Gov. Dan McKee told 12 News he’s set a goal of getting 90% of Rhode Islanders vaccinated in the coming months and hopes incentives and pop-up clinics will help accomplish that.

While CVS is offering some big-ticket prizes for vaccine recipients, the state is giving away things like Dunkin’ gift cards and URI basketball ticket vouchers.

McKee said there are plans in the works to incentivize vaccinations for 12- to 15-year-olds, who became eligible for the Pfizer vaccine earlier this month.

“Get the 12 to 15 vaccinated in the Boys and Girls Club,” he suggested. “I’m sure we can find people to pay for them a year’s membership.”

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