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RI reports 733 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths

PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) – COVID-19 data released Tuesday by the Rhode Island Department of Health showed there were 733 new positive cases, which is the highest daily number of infections in more than 10 months.

It also showed that the state currently has 155 COVID-19 hospitalizations, the most since Sept. 6.

While those and other stats have deteriorated in recent weeks, it’s still a long way from where we were at this time last year, when the second wave fueled some of Rhode Island’s highest number of cases. (The daily case count for the week of November 30, 2020 is as follows: 1,176, 1,446, 1,467, 1,608 and 1,495, with that Thursday being the all-time high, according to state data.)

That was before COVID-19 became widely available. The latest data shows that 73.5% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, and nearly 83% is at least partially vaccinated.

State leaders are urging people to get vaccinated – or get a booster dose, which is available to anyone aged 18 and older – especially as we enter the holiday season and concerns are being raised about a new strain of the coronavirus.

According to Tuesday’s data, five more Rhode Islanders have died after contracting COVID-19.

The Department of Health also updated its weekly stats on Tuesday, all of which were up from last week: the weekly positivity rate rose from 3.8% to 4.9%, while new hospitalizations rose from 106 to 127 and the community transfer rate rose to 340 rose. new cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days.

Governor Dan McKee and other state officials plan to hold their next COVID-19 briefing Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. 12 News plans to live stream it here on WPRI.com.