COVID-19 infections rise again in Rhode Island, 1 new death

  • Source: WPRI-TV CBS 12 Providence
  • Published: 07/21/2021 12:00 AM

The R.I. Department of Health on Tuesday reported 65 new coronavirus infections, marking the largest single-day total in nearly two months. With just under 3,700 tests administered the previous day, the daily positivity rate came out to 1.8%, which is the highest since May 16, according to the state’s data. The data also shows Rhode Island had a rate of 31.9 new cases per 100,000 persons over the past seven days. That rate, which is used to gauge community transmission of the virus, has more than tripled since hitting a low of 9.9 on July 1. When asked Tuesday about the increase in cases, Gov. Dan McKee pointed to the fact that nearly 80% of Rhode Island adults are at least partially vaccinated, saying the state is “still very much in control” of the situation as a result.


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