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ICYMI: Rhode Island was up to 156,824 confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday, after adding 226 new cases. The daily test-positive rate was 3 percent. The state announced no new deaths, keeping the total at 2,744. There were 79 people in the hospital, and 665,733 residents were fully vaccinated.
Pressure is mounting on Governor Dan McKee to implement a statewide mask mandate for public schools as Rhode Island faces another spike in COVID-19 cases because of the Delta variant.
On Wednesday, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea and state Treasurer Seth Magaziner (who are both planning to challenge McKee in the Democratic primary for governor next year) called for the state to require students and teachers to wear masks when schools reopen next month.
So which communities are seeing the biggest increases in cases? Here’s a look at the 10 cities and towns where at least 5 percent of COVID-19 tests came back positive between Aug. 1 and Aug. 7, according to the Rhode Island Department of Health.
Westerly: Percent positive: 8.9 percent / Cases per 100,000 residents: 327
Glocester: Percent positive: 7.5 percent / Cases per 100,000 residents: 119
Woonsocket: Percent positive: 6.9 percent / Cases per 100,000 residents: 173
Central Falls: Percent positive: 6.8 percent / Cases per 100,000 residents: 196
Hopkinton: Percent positive: 6.6 percent / Cases per 100,000 residents: 173
Newport: Percent positive: 6.1 percent / Cases per 100,000 residents: 230
Pawtucket: Percent positive: 5.9 percent / Cases per 100,000 residents: 174
North Providence: Percent positive: 5.6 percent / Cases per 100,000 residents: 166
Johnston: Percent positive: 5.5 percent / Cases per 100,000 residents: 140
Foster: Percent positive: 5 percent / Cases per 100,000 residents: 128
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⚓ Politics: Former US Senator Scott Brown has resigned from his post at New England Law Boston, and he’s ready to get back into politics. Read more.
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⚓ Providence Councilwoman Nirva LaFortune (a likely mayoral candidate) is holding a community meeting on public safety at the Providence Career and Technical Academy at 6 p.m.
⚓ Masks are on the agenda at tonight’s Cumberland School Committee meeting.
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