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New Cases of COVID-19 Creep Upward in Rhode Island | Rhode Island News

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — New cases of COVID-19 have ticked up slightly in Rhode Island following weeks of declines.

Updated numbers released by the state on Thursday show the percentage of positive coronavirus tests increased to 1% this week, up from half a percentage point the week before.

In addition, the number of new cases per 100,000 residents increased too, from 15 last week to 29 this week.

One additional death from COVID-19 was announced Thursday, bringing the state’s total death toll to COVID-19 to 2,739.

While the number of newly infected people is still relatively small, state health officials say they’re watching closely.

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In one bit of good news, the state announced that new hospitalizations for COVID-19 fell again this week, from 21 last week to 16 so far this week. In all, 17 people in Rhode Island are now hospitalized with the virus.

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