Rhode Island reports almost 500 new coronavirus cases

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Department of Health reported almost 500 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday and two more virus-related fatalities.

There have now been more than 143,000 known cases and 2,642 deaths in the state.

Of the new confirmed cases, 437 were people who tested positive for the first time on Tuesday, and 40 were people who tested positive on previous days.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Rhode Island has how risen over the past two weeks from 347 two weeks ago to 461, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins.

The number of new hospitalizations in the past week was 140, down from 167 the prior week, according to the state.

There were 136 coronavirus patients in the state’s hospitals as of Monday, down from 139 the previous day.

Almost 314,000 people have now been fully vaccinated in Rhode Island, according to the health department, which represents nearly 30% of the state’s population, although non-residents who work or go to school in the state are eligible to receive a vaccinations.