RI COVID-19 Hospitalizations drop below 200 for the first time since April, two new deaths Monday
The Rhode Island Department of Health announced an additional 67 COVID-19 cases and two deaths.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Despite the new COVID-19 Rhode Island data released Monday showing a decline, Gov. Gina Raimondo says the fight against the virus isn’t over.
“We’re not there yet, we still have certain communities that still have percent positive rates that are too high,” Raimondo said Monday.
However, the governor added that the outlook is good. Of the 4,000 people tested Saturday, 2.5% were positive.
Gov. Raimondo once again pleaded with Rhode Islanders to download the state’s “CRUSH COVID-19” mobile app.
“There’s no reason not to do it,” Raimondo said.
She added that over 41,000 people have downloaded the app.
The governor said the past weekend was good and most beaches and parks didn’t see large group gatherings. Except for Lincoln Woods and Colt State Parks where Group congregated there and were broken up.
Rhode Island’s Department of Business Revenue (DBR) checked up on retail and restaurants the past weekend, Raimondo said.
DBR reported that they found more than 95% of customers were wearing masks and nearly 100% of employees.
Gov. Raimondo said that she wants more business owners to submit their COVID-19 control plan as 70% of Rhode Island business owners have submitted their plan.
The template can be found at reopeningri.com.
Raimondo thanked faith leaders who open the past weeks and said compliance was good with mask-wearing, and screenings.
On Monday, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) announced an additional 67 COVID-19 cases and two deaths. RIDOH says 2,183 COVID-19 tests were recorded on Sunday.
Rhode Island COVID-19 cumulative case count now stands at 14,991 and the death toll is at 720.
Of the two people that died one was in their 70s and one person in their 90s. There were 7 deaths reported on Sunday and 18 on Saturday.
Hospitalizations have also dropped below 200 for the first time since April 8.
There are 195 people in the hospital with COVID-19, 46 in the ICU, and 29 require ventilators.
RIDOH Director Dr. Nicole Alexander Scott says the state will start collecting data on sexual orientation and gender identity.