RI reports 1,280 new coronavirus infections, 6 deaths as hospitalizations mount


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The R.I. Department of Health on Wednesday reported more new coronavirus infections in a single day than ever before: 1,280.

With 18,414 tests administered the previous day, the daily positivity rate came out to 7%, according to health officials.

In addition to the 1,280 infections reported Wednesday, the Health Department added 110 newly disclosed cases to prior-day totals over the past two weeks.

The state’s reported death toll climbed to 1,284 on Wednesday with six more COVID-19-related fatalities announced.

Additionally, the number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital climbed to 284, of which 22 are currently in intensive care and 10 are on ventilators.

The number of hospitalizations has been steadily increasing over the past few weeks, and 284 is the most in Rhode Island since mid-May.

While the field hospital in Cranston is already on standby to start accepting any potential overflow of patients, the state is also readying a second location inside the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence.

Gov. Gina Raimondo’s next coronavirus briefing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday. She’s expected to lay out guidelines for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

During a live interview with 12 News on Tuesday, Raimondo said she’ll likely have to issue further restrictions in the coming weeks, but hopes to avoid another shutdown with businesses already struggling.

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