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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Rhode Island's COVID rate of transmission shows a big one-day jump

Yesterday, Rhode Island's infection rate per 100,000 was 65.8., earning us a "Substantial Transmission" rating. 

Today, that rate jumped to 76.3 per 100,000. That's a one day increase of 16%. At this rate, by next week, we'll be over 100 per 100,000 and bumped up to the Red Zone of "High Transmission."

We are still testing an a ridiculously low rate compared to earlier in the pandemic, so the actual infections are almost certainly much higher. Despite these alarming developments, our accidental Governor Dan McKee is closing six more COVID test sites, effective Saturday.

While McKee is "urging" people to mask up again, he once again balked at any thought of a return to mandates. He seems more afraid of upsetting his precious small businesses than he is of a resurgence of the pandemic - which will certainly not be a good thing for small business or anyone else.