COVID-19 transmission rate in Rhode Island now substantial

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Community spread of the coronavirus is now considered substantial by the Rhode Island Department of Health, Monday’s data shows.

According to RIDOH, the state’s percent positivity rate for the past week is 1 percent, up 0.5 percent from the previous week.

There were 57.4 new cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days, which puts the state into the “Substantial Transmission” category.

ABC6 received the following statement from Joseph Wendelken on behalf of the Department of Health:

We know that the more contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 now has a significant presence in Rhode Island. The Delta variant is much more aggressive than the strains of the virus we were seeing even just a few weeks ago. Fortunately, all 3 COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson) help protect people from getting seriously ill from the Delta variant. Getting your COVID-19 shots is the single most important thing you can do to protect yourself and the people around you from the Delta variant. Anyone who is eligible and has not been vaccinated yet should get vaccinated today. For more information, see

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