COVID hospitalizations fall but don’t let your guard down

PROVIDENCE – The COVID-19 admission level at Rhode Island hospitals has dropped from “medium” to “low,” but that doesn’t mean Rhode Islanders should let their guard down, according to the state Department of Health.

“Rates of COVID-19 still elevated throughout Rhode Island. We are still seeing hundreds of people hospitalized every month because of COVID-19,” said Joseph Wendelken, spokesman for the health department.

The holidays sparked an increase in COVID cases, and the state’s hospital admission level was increased from “low” to “medium” on Jan. 5. It fell back to “low” on Jan. 26, according to the health department.

Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.

The health department says it uses hospital admission levels as a tool to measure COVID risk statewide. It characterizes levels as “low,” “medium” or “high” based on the state’s population. “Low” means hospital admissions are below 10 per 100,000 Rhode Islanders per week.

In December, Rhode Island hospitals had 401 admissions for COVID-19, according to the health department. In January, the number was 368, but the health department notes that January data is still being collected, so that number could change.


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