‘I’m not afraid to pull the trigger’, Governor McKee discusses possibility of restrictions as state is now in ‘high transmission’ level

Rhode Island is now leading the country in highest death rates over the past 7 days.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Steps back for the Ocean State in the fight against COVID-19, after Rhode Island is moved to the highest COVID-19 transmission rate threshold on Monday.

The smallest state in the country now leading the country in terms of highest death rates over the past seven days, according to Governor McKee.

The Rhode Island Department of Health reported 400 new coronavirus cases over the weekend, adding there have been an average of 103.4 new cases per 100 thousand people over the past week.

“I’m not afraid to pull the trigger if in fact it needs to be pulled,” Governor Dan McKee sternly says on Tuesday- when asked about the possibility of bringing back any new restrictions or mask mandates. McKee says he and the Department of Health are monitoring these cases daily and will continue to evaluate.

Data from the state health department says there are nearly 205,000 unvaccinated Rhode Islanders, the governor adding ‘there is no excuse for this’ because of the state’s abundance of vaccines.

“It still remains true that the number one thing you and your loved ones can do to continue to protect you and your loved ones against COVID-19 and the delta variant is to get vaccinated,” Governor McKee says.

The Governor touched upon rent assistance and schools returning in just a few weeks- adding he has not heard from any districts in the state who do not plan to return in-person.

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