Weekly Rhode Island Coronavirus Briefing; State Continues to Make Progress

Weekly Briefing

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – Governor Dan McKee, along with Department of Health Officials took to the stage Thursday for their weekly coronavirus briefing.

Governor McKee discussed the unemployment situation in Rhode Island saying, “you’re hearing about states removing the $300.00 unemployment benefit.  I think that’s short sighted… we’re going to step forward and put out a plan that encourages people to go back to work.”

The Governor says the state’s unemployed will continue to receive the benefit, but he urged those that are unemployed to continue looking for work.

Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott also detailed the improving situation as cases and hospitalizations continue to decline.  She strongly urged older Rhode Islanders to get vaccinated if they haven’t already.

Governor McKee also highlighted the state’s efforts to begin vaccinating children, noting that many kids want to get back to school .

The latest statistics from the Rhode Island Department of Health reported 146 new cases of the coronavirus and 2 deaths.

The state saw a 1.0% positivity rate from the prior day.

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