PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island Department of Health on Friday reported the state’s highest one-day total of new coronavirus cases with 630, one day after topping the previous record.
More than 16,400 tests were administered the previous day, putting Friday’s positivity rate at 3.8%.
Health officials also announced two more COVID-19-related deaths, bringing Rhode Island’s reported total to 1,224.
There are currently 187 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, which is the highest level since the state was in Phase 1, the data shows. Of those patients, 21 are in intensive care and 12 are on ventilators.
In an effort to address the recent surge in new cases and hospitalizations, Gov. Gina Raimondo on Thursday announced a series of new restrictions. Those go into effect on Sunday and include a Stay-At-Home Advisory from 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. (10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.)
Businesses such as close-contact personal services and gyms/fitness centers are instructed to close during the advisory hours. Restaurants and bars must end in-person service but can still offer takeout/delivery after 10 p.m. (10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.)
Raimondo updated her mask mandate to now require they be worn when around people you don’t live with, including when outside or at the gym.
She also reduced the capacity limit for big box stores, indoor and outdoor venues, and catered events. Previously scheduled weddings can request an exemption through the Department of Business Regulation.
Expressing concern about Thanksgiving, Raimondo said she plans to announce guidelines specific to the upcoming holiday during her next briefing at 1 p.m. Thursday.
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