Rhode Island Covid Map and Case Count

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Total reported On Oct. 21 14-day change
Cases 29,123 474 +91%
Deaths 1,169 5 +83%
Hospitalized 130 +35%

Day with data reporting anomaly.

Includes confirmed and probable cases where available. 14-day change trends use 7-day averages.

At least 5 new coronavirus deaths and 474 new cases were reported in Rhode Island on Oct. 21. Over the past week, there have been an average of 280 cases per day, an increase of 91 percent from the average two weeks earlier.

As of Thursday morning, there have been at least 29,123 cases and 1,169 deaths in Rhode Island since the beginning of the pandemic, according to a New York Times database.

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Sources: State and local health agencies. Population and demographic data from Census Bureau.
About this data For total cases and deaths: The map shows the known locations of coronavirus cases by county. Circles are sized by the number of people there who have tested positive or have a probable case of the virus, which may differ from where they contracted the illness. For per capita: Parts of a county with a population density lower than 10 people per square mile are not shaded. For hot spots: The hot spots map shows the share of population with a new reported case over the last week. Parts of a county with a population density lower than 10 people per square mile are not shaded.

Reported cases and deaths by county

This table is sorted by places with the most cases per 100,000 residents in the last seven days. Charts are colored to reveal when outbreaks emerged.

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Per 100,000 Weekly cases per capita
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Rhode Island 29,123 2,749 1,169 110 1,959 185 22 2.1
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Oct. 21
Rhode Island heatmap
Providence 21,543 3,372 930 146 1,104 173 21 3.3
Providence heatmap
Washington 1,235 983 75 60 116 92
Washington heatmap
Kent 2,287 1,392 117 71 142 86 1 0.6
Kent heatmap
Bristol 498 1,027 18 37 37 76 1 2.1
Bristol heatmap
Newport 631 769 8 10 49 60
Newport heatmap
Unknown 2,929 21
About this data Weekly cases per capita shows the share of population with a new reported case for each week. Weeks without a reported case are shaded gray. The table includes new cases and deaths that were reported in the last seven days.

The New York Times is engaged in a comprehensive effort to track details about every reported case in the United States, collecting information from federal, state and local officials around the clock. The numbers in this article are being updated several times a day based on the latest information our journalists are gathering from around the country.

The New York Times has found that official tallies in the United States and in more than a dozen other countries have undercounted deaths during the coronavirus outbreak because of limited testing availability.

Daily reported new cases

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These are days with a data reporting anomaly. Read more here. Note: The seven-day average is the average of a day and the previous six days of data.

Daily case and death reports show the severity of the pandemic over time. The picture can be put into further context by considering the number of tests performed and people hospitalized.

Daily reported people tested

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Source: Testing and hospitalization data from the Covid Tracking Project.
About this data Currently hospitalized is the number of patients with Covid-19 reported by the state to be in a hospital on that day. Dips and spikes could be due to inconsistent reporting by hospitals. Tests represent the number of unique individuals reported tested with a P.C.R. viral diagnostic test that day.

If the previous level of testing was low, and hospitalizations are not increasing, a rise in daily cases could be explained as a result of increased testing. If daily tests have been increased and cases and hospitalizations have fallen or stayed low, that is a sign that the situation is improving or under control. Hospitalizations and deaths usually lag behind new cases, as it takes time for symptoms to develop and worsen.

Because the definitions used for testing and hospitalization data vary between states, it is not always possible to compare that data in one state to the figures reported in another.

We’re tracking what has reopened in Rhode Island »

Since March, The Times has paid special attention to cases in nursing homes, food processing plants, correctional facilities and now at colleges and universities. Information on cases linked to these places comes from official releases by governments, companies and institutions directly. The Times is publishing lists of groupings of 50 or more cases related to a specific site, workplace, school or event.

Cases connected to Cases Location
+ Nursing homes 2,075 cases at 25 facilities
+ Colleges and universities 821 cases at 9 schools
+ Food processing facilities 142 cases at 1 facility

About the data

In data for Rhode Island, the Times primarily relies on reports from the state. Rhode Island typically releases new data on weekdays. Counts on Mondays or Tuesdays may include totals from the weekend. The state reports cases and deaths based on a person’s permanent or usual residence.

The Times has identified the following reporting anomalies or methodology changes in the data:

Sept. 25: Rhode Island revised the case count downward by about 250 cases after removing duplicate records.

Rhode Island does not regularly publish the number of cases and deaths per county. In June, Rhode Island stopped publishing updates on weekends.

The tallies on this page include cases that have been identified by public health officials as probable coronavirus patients through antigen testing.

Confirmed cases and deaths, which are widely considered to be an undercount of the true toll, are counts of individuals whose coronavirus infections were confirmed by a molecular laboratory test. Probable cases and deaths count individuals who meet criteria for other types of testing, symptoms and exposure, as developed by national and local governments.

Governments often revise data or report a single-day large increase in cases or deaths from unspecified days without historical revisions, which can cause an irregular pattern in the daily reported figures. The Times is excluding these anomalies from seven-day averages when possible.

Read more about the methodology and download county-level data for coronavirus cases in the United States from The New York Times on GitHub.