RI reports 338 new positive cases of COVID-19, 5 additional deaths

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Rhode Island health officials reported 338 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday.

Out of the 12,709 tests taken on Monday, the Rhode Island Department of Health collected a positivity rate of 2.7%

The state confirmed five additional deaths, which brings Rhode Island’s death toll to 2,618.

Currently 123 Rhode Islanders are hospitalized, 15 of them are in the ICU and eight are on ventilator.

Rhode Island’s Vaccine Subcommittee met Tuesday morning and laid out their plan for the future of the state’s roll-out plan.

“The beginning of June, mid-June, we should be receiving about 100,000 doses a week in the state,” Thomas McCarthy, Executive Director of RIDOH COVID Response said.

“At that point, we should also be reaching 70% both doses, fully vaccinated. So, I think probably end of June, maybe July, is when we’ll start to see more supply than demand.”

Until then, the state is expected to open eligibility at a faster timeline then expected because of more supply.

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