COVID-19 hospitalizations rising in RI; 16 deaths, 812 new infections reported


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Sixteen more people in Rhode Island have died after contracting COVID-19, the R.I. Department of Health said Tuesday.

Ten people died on Sunday, according to the Health Department’s revised data, marking just the second time since June 5 that the death toll for a single day has been in the double digits.

The overall death toll from the pandemic now stands at 1,325.

Health officials also reported 812 new positive cases on Tuesday and a daily positivity rate of 7.2%, with 11,268 tests administered on Monday.

In addition to the 812 new infections, the Health Department added 36 more cases to the daily totals over the past two weeks.

With 53 new hospital admissions and 27 discharges, the total number of hospitalizations climbed to 323 – the most in Rhode Island since May 5, when there was 337, according to the state’s data.

Of those COVID-19 patients, 30 are currently in intensive care and 16 are on ventilators.

Dr. James Fanale, the president and CEO of Care New England, told Target 12 he expects the field hospital in Cranston to begin accepting patients as soon as Monday.

The Health Department also updated its weekly data on Tuesday which showed increases in new hospital admissions by week (from 266 to 313) and new cases per 100,000 residents (from 541 to 628) while percent positive by week ticked up slightly to 6.0%.

Gov. Gina Raimondo will hold her weekly briefing at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

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