Deaths, hospitalizations continue to rise in Rhode Island

RI Governor Gina Raimondo holds her daily press conference to brief the public on latest developments on the COVID-19 virus status. With her are Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott and Brett Smiley, at right. Pool photo by Sandor Bodo / The Providence Journal

The Associated Press 

Three more people have died from the virus in Rhode Island, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Saturday.

The deaths raise the state’s total fatalities to 17. At least six are attributed to an outbreak at the Golden Crest Nursing Centre in North Providence.

Raimondo also said Saturday that the state has confirmed nearly 100 more people who have tested positive for the virus, increasing the state’s total to more than 800 since the pandemic started.

More than 90 people are in the hospital because of the virus, she said.

Meanwhile, roughly 100,000 Rhode Islanders are seeking jobless claims because of the pandemic.

State Department of Labor and Training data released Saturday shows that more than 91,000 residents have filed unemployment insurance claims for COVID-19-related reasons. Another 7,500 have applied for temporary disability benefits citing the virus, according to the data.