COVID-19 hospitalizations back below 100 in RI as weekly data improves


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island continues to see a decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations, data released Tuesday by the R.I. Department of Health shows.

There are 97 patients currently hospitalized with the disease, according to the Health Department, marking the first time it’s been below 100 in nearly two months. Of the current patients, nine are in the intensive care unit and seven are on ventilators.

The Health Department updated the weekly data on Tuesday, which showed a decrease in new hospital admissions from 132 last week to 96 this week. The weekly positivity rate also fell from 2% to 1.8%, while the rate of new cases per 100,000 people over the past seven days is down to 176.

Two more Rhode Islanders have died after contracting COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 2,845.

The Health Department also reported 238 new cases Tuesday and a 1.8% daily positivity rate, with nearly 13,000 tests administered the previous day.

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