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Rhode Island sees an increase in COVID-19 cases

Rhode Island sees an increase in COVID-19 cases

Fully vaccinated: 752,133 (of about 1.1 million inhabitants)

New cases: 516Test positive rate: 5.1 percent

Currently hospitalized: 106

Total deaths: 2,901

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Yesterday’s edition Rhode card focused on the good news that COVID-19 vaccination rates for nursing home workers and residents in Rhode Island are among the best in the country.

Today’s edition is a good reminder that the virus is still a big factor for all of us.

The 516 new cases reported Tuesday were the fourth-highest single day since governor Dan McKee took office, and the most since April 9. At a press conference on Tuesday, health department director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott also noted that the state’s test-positive rate was above 5 percent, saying the increases are similar to those seen in other states in the region.

“As we move back in, as winter sports begin to happen, we need to double down on the mitigation measures that we know are working,” Alexander-Scott said.

Something to watch: Since Rhode Island started tracking COVID-19 cases, nine of the 10 highest single-day totals came in December 2020 (the other was last November). Alexander-Scott said it’s important to stay vaccinated, get tested, wear masks and keep your distance from others, especially indoors.

Important context: The notable difference between November/December 2020 and November/December 2021 is that the vaccine is now widely available, and Rhode Island ranks among the nation’s leaders in vaccination coverage. Alexander-Scott also announced on Tuesday that everyone 18 years and older is eligible for a booster vaccination.

The Globe in Rhode Island

⚓ For the first time since the revelations that high school basketball coach Aaron Thomas was conducting naked “fat tests” on athletes, the controversial Superintendent of North Kingstown Schools spoke out on Tuesday as questions continued to swirl about who knew what, when he stood up for the first addressed directly to the public since revelations. . Read more.

⚓ Expanding access, rebuilding existing boards and replacing incumbent CEOs were just a few of dozens of recommendations made by the Rhode Island Foundation in a highly anticipated 70-page report about a possible merger between Lifespan and Care New England. Read more.

⚓ The “gerrymandering in prison” debate delves deeper into deep issues such as distorted democracy and tax without representation. But underlying all this is a basic math issue of addition and subtraction: If Rhode Island stops counting inmates in Cranston state prisons for reclassification purposes and starts counting them at their home addresses, what towns and villages would they be added to? ? Read more.

Samantha Burnett, the East Providence clerk who alleged the city had discriminated against and retaliated against her resigned earlier this month. Read more.

⚓Former Reeve of Warwick Steven Merolla will pay a $3,500 fine after admitting he violated the state’s code of ethics by approving $195,000 in city payments to an accounting firm whose partners were his campaign treasurer and personal accountant. Read more.

Also in the world

⚓ In arguably the most important transfer of power in the city’s modern history, Michelle Wue on Tuesday was sworn in as Boston’s first woman, the first person of color and the first Asian-American mayor to be popularly elected. Read more.

A federal appeals court ruled in favor of protecting endangered North Atlantic right whales over opposition from Maine’s lobster fishermen, allowing the government to cut off about 967 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean for a third of the year for the lobster industry. Read more.

⚓ The Red Sox’s parent company strikes a deal to buy the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins, Red Sox President Sam Kennedy confirmed on Tuesday. Read more.

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What’s on tap today

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⚓ Rhode Map readers, if you want a friend or relative to be recognized on Friday, send me an email with their first and last name and their age.

⚓ The Rhode Island Semiquincentennial Commission (RI250 Commission) meets at 3 p.m. Here’s the calendar.

⚓ The COVID-19 Equity Council meets at 4 p.m. Here’s the calendar.

My previous column

The Providence City Council has wasted a lot of time and money trying to impeach the city clerk. Now that the clerk has resigned, it’s time for the council to get back to doing things that really matter.

If you missed the column, you can read it here. And all my columns are on our Rhode Island comment page.

Rhode Island Report Podcast

Ed Fitzpatrick talk to professor at Providence College Eric Hirsch on how to help the homeless in Rhode Island.Listen to all our podcasts here.

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