CDC: Rhode Island leads nation in virus cases per capita
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has reported more coronavirus cases per capita in the past week than any other state, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Rhode Island averaged about 110 daily cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days, the CDC’s COVID-19 Data Tracker showed Sunday.
Minnesota and South Dakota are the only other states in the country with 100 or more.
Rhode Island is halfway through Gov. Gina Raimondo’s “two-week pause,” the latest round of restrictions on business and personal activity meant to reduce community transmission of the coronavirus.
Connecticut’s rate is 60.5 cases per 100,000 and that Massachusetts has a rate of 58.3 cases per 100,000, according to the CDC.
There were 3,324 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 35 more virus-related deaths in Rhode Island over the past three days, the state Department of Health reported Monday.
Since the pandemic began, there have been 1,448 fatalities and nearly 66,000 confirmed cases, according to state numbers.
The number of patients in the state’s hospitals with COVID-19 was up to 422 as of Saturday, the most recent day for which the information was released, up from 408 on Thursday. Forty-five of those patients were in intensive care.
The department does not update on weekends.
The latest seven-day average positivity rate in Rhode Island is 9.22%, up from 6% two weeks ago. State health departments are calculating positivity rate differently across the country, but for Rhode Island the AP calculates the rate by dividing new cases by test encounters using data from The COVID Tracking Project.
The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Rhode Island is heading in the right direction, going down from more than 957 on Nov. 22 to more than 866 on Sunday, according to The COVID Tracking Project.