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Rhode Island reports daily COVID-19 positivity rate of 3.6%

PROVIDENCE (AP) — The Rhode Island Department of Health on Tuesday reported 288 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and four more virus-related deaths from the previous day.

The positive cases from Monday were out of more than 8,000 tests, a daily positivity rate of 3.6%. The state also added 133 confirmed cases to previous days totals.

The 7-day rolling average of the positivity rate in Rhode Island has now risen over the past two weeks from nearly 1.8% on Oct. 12 to 3% on Monday, according to the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

The 7-day rolling average of daily new cases in Rhode Island has also risen over the past two weeks from almost 202 on Oct. 12 to more than 382 on Monday, according to Johns Hopkins figures.

Rhode Island has now had almost 31,500 known cases of the disease and 1,188 deaths.

The number of people in the state's hospitals with the coronavirus was 168 as of Sunday, the most recent date for which the information was available, up slightly from Saturday's revised figure of 167. Fourteen patients are in intensive care.



A Rhode Island high school has moved to remote-learning for the week after a teacher tested positive for COVID-19, the school said in a statement.

La Salle Academy in Providence said remote classes started Tuesday.

The Catholic school in a Facebook post said the Rhode Island Department of Health informed the administration Monday morning that a teacher had tested positive for the disease.

That teacher, as well as other faculty members they had contact with, have been required to quarantine, the school said.

In-school classes were canceled for the week “out of an abundance of caution,” the school said.


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