RI reports 500 new cases of COVID-19, 2 additional deaths

RIDOH lab

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- The Rhode Island Department of Health reported 500 new positive cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday.

The state’s top health officials said out of the 20,081 COVID-19 tests taken on Tuesday, a positivity rate of 2.5% was collected.

Another two Rhode Islanders died from the virus, bringing the state’s death toll to 2,619.

According to RIDOH, there are currently 125 residents hospitalized for the virus. 14 of these patients are in the ICU, while nine are on a ventilator.

Rhode Island’s new phase 2 timeline opens eligibility to people 50 to 59 by April 5th and people 40 to 49 by April 12th. The state is planning on still sticking to its original goal of opening up vaccinations to all Rhode Islanders 16+ by April 19th.

“We’re keeping our eye on the ball of keeping people out of the hospital and keeping them alive through the vaccination,” Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott said.

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