The national tracking site Covid ActNow has upgraded Rhode Island’s risk level to its highest category for “active or imminent outbreak.”
“Rhode Island is either actively experiencing an outbreak or is at extreme risk. COVID cases are exponentially growing and/or Rhode Island’s COVID preparedness is significantly below international standards,” reported COVID Act Now.
Covid Act Now provided the following data to place Rhode Island in its highest category — Rhode Island is the only state in New England and the Mid-Atlantic to currently have the designation.
* Daily new cases, 27.7 per 100K. “Dangerous number of new cases”
* Infection rate, 1.20 “Active cases are rapidly increasing”
* Positive Test Rate, 2.0%. “Indicates widespread testing"
* ICU Headroom Used, 18%. “Can likely handle a new wave of COVID”
* Tracers Hired, 14%. “Insufficient tracers, even if the program is run effectively"
RI’s Latest Numbers
On Tuesday, the Rhode Island Department of Health announced five new COVID-related deaths, bringing the state’s total to 1,164.
RIDOH reported 156 new cases and 5,558 tests on Monday, for a percent positive of 2.8%.
There are currently 135 hospitalizations, with 16 people in the ICU.
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and officials will be LIVE at 1 PM on Wednesday.
Watch video on GoLocal when the press conference goes live.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
GoLocalProv News Team