Counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates in Rhode Island

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November 17, 2022
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Counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates in Rhode Island

The vaccine deployment in December 2020 signaled a turning point in the COVID-19 pandemic. By the end of May 2021, 40% of the U.S. population was fully vaccinated. But as vaccination rates lagged over the summer, new surges of COVID-19 came, including Delta in the summer of 2021, and now the Omicron variant, which comprises the majority of cases in the U.S.

Researchers around the world have reported that Omicron is more transmissible than Delta, making breakthrough and repeat infections more likely.

The United States as of Nov. 16 reached over 1 million COVID-19-related deaths and 98.1 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 68.6% of the population is fully vaccinated, and 10.1% of vaccinated people have received the most recently available bivalent booster doses.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates in Rhode Island using data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and vaccination data from Covid Act Now. Counties are ranked by the highest infection rate per 100,000 residents within the week leading up to Nov. 10, 2022. Cumulative cases per 100,000 served as a tiebreaker.

Keep reading to see whether your county ranks among the highest COVID-19 infection rates in your state.

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#5. Newport County, RI

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 91 (75 new cases, -11% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,462 (25,004 total cases)
--- 22.0% less cases per 100k residents than Rhode Island
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 121 (99 total deaths)
--- 65.4% less deaths per 100k residents than Rhode Island
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 78.7% (64,582 fully vaccinated)
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#4. Washington County, RI

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 98 (123 new cases, -10% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,359 (40,636 total cases)
--- 17.1% less cases per 100k residents than Rhode Island
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 201 (253 total deaths)
--- 42.6% less deaths per 100k residents than Rhode Island
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 82.2% (103,162 fully vaccinated)
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#3. Providence County, RI

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 115 (733 new cases, +4% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 41,109 (262,657 total cases)
--- 5.3% more cases per 100k residents than Rhode Island
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 411 (2,627 total deaths)
--- 17.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Rhode Island
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 73.1% (467,177 fully vaccinated)
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#2. Bristol County, RI

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 116 (56 new cases, -40% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 34,757 (16,850 total cases)
--- 11.0% less cases per 100k residents than Rhode Island
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 390 (189 total deaths)
--- 11.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Rhode Island
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 82.1% (39,786 fully vaccinated)
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Rhode Island Attorney General // Wikimedia Commons

#1. Kent County, RI

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 123 (202 new cases, -4% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 36,727 (60,339 total cases)
--- 6.0% less cases per 100k residents than Rhode Island
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 324 (532 total deaths)
--- 7.4% less deaths per 100k residents than Rhode Island
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 81.1% (133,238 fully vaccinated)

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