Everything You Need to Know About the Coronavirus in Rhode Island

On Tuesday, November 30, the state reported five new fatalities and 733 new cases of COVID-19.

LOCAL COVID DATA

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On Tuesday, November 30, the state reported five new fatalities and 733 new cases of COVID-19.

  • Rhode Island is in a period of high transmission of the coronavirus, with 339.9 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people in the last week
  • 155 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, with twenty-one people in the ICU and seventeen people on ventilators
  • Monday’s testing saw a positivity rate of 6.2 percent
  • 2,932 people have died from COVID-19 in Rhode Island since the start of the pandemic
  • 191,763 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Rhode Island since the start of the pandemic

THE COVID-19 VACCINE

  • BOOSTER SHOTS: All Rhode Island adults who completed their primary vaccination schedule at least six months ago are now eligible for Pfizer or Moderna boosters.
    • The CDC’s recommendations allow for mix and match dosing for boosters
    • Visit vaccinateri.org to schedule your appointment
  • Rhode Island parents can sign up their young children, ages five to eleven, for Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at a state-run vaccination site in Cranston or at independent pharmacies and clinics across Rhode Island.
    • Visit VaccinateRI.org or call 844-930-1779 to schedule a vaccination appointment.
    • The dosing schedule is two shots, three weeks apart.
    • Click here for a list of school clinics in your community
    • In Pfizer-BioNTech’s main clinical trial of 2,248 participants, the vaccine appeared to be 90.3 percent effective against symptomatic COVID-19 for ages five to eleven.
    • No cases of myocarditis, or heart inflammation, were detected in the trial
  • View and print your vaccine record here: portal.ri.gov/vaccinerecord/s

SCHOOLS

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  • Rhode Island’s public schools are requiring masks for all students and personnel, regardless of vaccination status
    • This comes on the heels of an August 17 vote by the Rhode Island Council on Elementary and Secondary Education ordering the Department of Education not to approve district back-to-school plans without mask mandates, effectively mandating masks in public schools across the state.

FACE MASKS

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that both vaccinated and unvaccinated people wear masks indoors in areas with “substantial and high transmission” of COVID-19
    • Rhode Island is currently in a period of “high transmission,” however the state has not ordered an indoor mask mandate
    • Fully vaccinated Rhode Islanders (at least two weeks after their final dose) are not required to wear masks indoors
    • Unvaccinated Rhode Islanders are required to wear masks indoors, on the honor system
  • Per the CDC, Americans are “required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States”
  • Individual business owners in Rhode Island may still require indoor masking
    • Most major chains in Rhode Island, including Target, Whole Foods, CVS, Walmart and Home Depot, no longer require masks for fully vaccinated customers
  • People with compromised immune systems — regardless of vaccination status — should speak with their physicians about masking
  • Rhode Island’s major theaters and performance groups have instituted mask mandates, along with vaccine requirements. Read more here.

TESTING

Visit portal.ri.gov to schedule a test at a state-run test site

  • The state is hosting pop-up rapid testing events (walk-up; no appointment necessary) in some community settings
  • Some CVS pharmacies in Rhode Island offer self-swab COVID-19 tests for adults eighteen and older. Click here to make an appointment.
  • Asymptomatic testing is encouraged for all Rhode Islanders; schedule a test at portal.ri.gov

TRAVEL

  • Vaccinated domestic and international travelers: You do not need to quarantine upon arrival
  • Unvaccinated domestic travelers: If you’re visiting or returning to Rhode Island from a state with current travel restrictions, you must quarantine for ten days or provide proof of a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken after arrival or within seventy-two hours before arrival.
  • Unvaccinated international travelers: You must quarantine for ten days. If you have a negative COVID-19 test result at least five days into your quarantine, you may shorten it to seven days.

HOUSING

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CORONAVIRUS FAST FACTS

  • Symptoms include cough, fever, shortness of breath and lost of taste and/or smell
    • Visit the Rhode Island COVID-19 self-checker at covidselfchecker.ri.gov for guidance on making coronavirus-related health care decisions based on CDC guidelines
  • If you’re showing symptoms, call your health care provider first; if you don’t have one, contact a nearby urgent care.
  • The Crush COVID RI app, a contact tracing, location tracking and symptom management application for smartphones, is available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play.
  • Call 401-222-8022 with general questions about COVID-19 or visit the Rhode Island Department of Health website for the latest information
  • Call Rhode Island’s BH Link at 401-414-5465 if you need mental health help or are struggling with substance abuse; for children, call Kids’ Link at 1-855-543-5465

 

Editor’s note: This story is updated frequently.