McKee, city leaders go door-to-door in Woonsocket to encourage vaccination


WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Some Woonsocket residents might have gotten a knock on their door from Gov. Dan McKee on Wednesday morning.

McKee, along with Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, the R.I. Department of Health, and other city and community leaders went door-to-door Wednesday morning in an effort to encourage residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

In addition to Woonsocket having the lowest percentage of residents both partially (46.5%) and fully vaccinated (41%) in the state, the city also has one of the highest COVID-19 related death rates, hospitalizations, and cases since the start of the pandemic.

Data from the Health Department shows Woonsocket is second to Providence with 215 total deaths since last March. The city is also still among the top ten cities and towns for cases and hospitalizations.

Wednesday’s approach to vaccinate city residents is focusing on those living at the Morin Heights and Veterans Memorial housing complexes.

The Health Department offered both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. No health insurance or ID were required to receive a shot.

Boxed groceries were also be offered to anyone who identifies as in need, and there will also be opportunities to get tested for COVID-19.

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On Wednesday, the R.I. Department of Health reported more than 618,000 people are fully vaccinated in the state, with nearly 684,000 having received at least one dose.

The data also shows 32 new positive coronavirus cases and nearly 6,500 tests conducted the prior day, putting the daily percent positivity rate at 0.5%.

Transmission remained moderate at 13.2 total new cases per 100,000 persons over the past seven days, according to health officials.

There were zero deaths from the virus reported Wednesday.

The Department of Health said 27 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, with seven patients in the intensive care unit and three on ventilators.

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