PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — On Wednesday, the R.I. Department of Health reported another two people have died after contracting COVID-19, bringing the state’s death toll to 1,214.
Health officials also reported 466 new positive cases and roughly 12,800 tests conducted the previous day.
The daily positivity rate came out to 3.6% officials said.
In addition to the 466 new infections announced Wednesday, the Health Department also reported 113 newly disclosed cases were added to prior-day totals over the past two weeks.
The number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital fell to 169 (from 177 on Tuesday) with 24 in the intensive care unit and 12 on ventilators.
However, hospital admissions have been on the rise overall for the last three weeks, and cases per 100,000 population have been increasing for six straight weeks.
Health department of officials say the increases are troubling approaching the holidays, and are asking people to keep their groups small, simple and local.
The state is also still monitoring an outbreak that originated at a recent party in Bristol, with more than 20 guests from several towns.
RIDOH spokesperson Joseph Wendelken tells 12 News at least 21 cases have now been identified as a result of the party, and 250 people had to be quarantined. Further case investigation revealed at least 325 close contacts.
Wendelken says this shows how the state’s contact tracing is working to limit the spread.
“That’s one of the best tools we have right now, and that’s why we’re being so aggressive and why you might see a number like 250 people in quarantine,” Wendelken said.
Gov. Gina Raimondo plans to hold her next coronavirus briefing at 1 p.m. Thursday, where additional restrictions may be announced.
In the video below, RIDOH Medical Director Dr. James McDonald discusses the uptick in COVID-19 cases statewide: