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Coronavirus updates

Rhode Island has a high level of transmission: 170.7 total new cases per 100K population in the past 7 days

Fully vaccinated: 726,357 (of about 1.1 million residents)

New cases: 286

Test-positive rate: 1.5 percent

Currently hospitalized: 106


Total deaths: 2,860

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Leading off

Fewer Rhode Islanders said they visited friends, went to the gym, or went to a café, bar, or restaurant in September than they did in June, as the Delta variant led to a spike in COVID-19 cases across the country.

The COVID-19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preferences Across States has been tracking Americans’ behaviors outside the home since the beginning of the pandemic, asking questions about whether they have participated in common activities within the previous 24 hours.

In Rhode Island’s case, 18.35 percent said they had visited a friend within the previous day in September, down from 26.64 percent in June. Workouts at the gym were down to 7.94 percent (from 9.62 percent in June), and 19.41 percent of residents said they had gone to a café, bar, or restaurant (compared to 22.69 percent in June).

Only one category saw a slight uptick from June: use of mass transit. The survey found that 5.61 percent of Rhode Island residents said they had been on a subway, bus, or train within the previous 24 hours, the highest level since the consortium started polling in April 2020.


The Rhode Island trends are in line with national averages, and the slight dips in participation in common activities is no surprise, given the spike in COVID-19 cases. In June, Rhode Island averaged 23 new cases a day. By September, it was seeing 323 cases a day.

The consortium, which includes researchers from Harvard, Northeastern, Rutgers, and Northwestern, has now polled residents in every state on a range of issues – including support for the governor, president, and vaccine mandates – 14 times since April 2020.

Here’s a look at the trend lines for all behaviors outside the home.

Chart showing Rhode Islanders' behaviors outside of the home
Chart showing Rhode Islanders' behaviors outside of the homeCovid States Project

The Globe in Rhode Island

⚓ My latest column: Governor Dan McKee is spending too much time complaining about the referees as he tries to navigate questions about an education consulting contract. Read more.

⚓ Former Rhode Island governor Lincoln D. Chafee says former CVS Health executive Helena Foulkes “should face hard questions about 38 Studios” as she launches her campaign for governor. Read more.

⚓ House Minority Leader Blake A. Filippi thinks the state should rethink the proposed mega merger between Lifespan and Care New England. Read more.

⚓ Why shore access in Rhode Island might be even more limited than it appears. Read more.

⚓ Brown University’s leadership announced Thursday that its endowment generated a 51.5 percent return in fiscal year 2021. Read more.

⚓ Rhode Map readers have sent another round of Happy Birthday wishes to: Susan Dillon, Jenn Steinfeld (44), Beth Carroll (56), Eric Friedman (15), Leslie Friedman (40), Donna DiSanto, April Donahue, Geoffrey Dean (27), Bob Elliott (72), Jack Potter (72), Angus Adams (16), Alex Zhou (30), Jill Parrett (42), Will Farrell, Brendan McCaughey, Andrew Augustus, Lisa Ranglin, and Jeremy Chiappetta.


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⚓ The Red Sox are taking a calculated risk by starting Chris Sale in Game 1 of the ALCS. Read more.

What’s on tap today

E-mail events to us at RInews@globe.com.

⚓ There’s a full lighting of WaterFire this weekend, sponsored by Brown University and the Papitto Opportunity Connection.

⚓ Providence’s COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Task Force meets at noon. Here’s the agenda.

⚓ The Newport Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival is being held tomorrow and Sunday.

My previous column

Sam Zurier may have won the Democratic primary in Senate District 3, but the voters on the East Side of Providence were lucky to have five strong candidates in the race. If you missed the column, you can read it here. And all of my columns are on our Rhode Island Commentary page.


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