COVID-19 pandemic in Rhode Island

pandemic in Rhode Island, United States

The COVID-19 pandemic began affecting the U.S. state of Rhode Island on March 1, 2020. As of December 17, 2021, there were 2,992 deaths from the COVID-19 respiratory virus.[1] The cause of COVID-19 came through the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (the SARS-CoV-2 gene). COVID-19 first hit Rhode Island around Pawtucket.

As of December 17, 2021 about 910,576 Rhode Islanders (close to 86.18% of the state's population) have gotten at least a single dose. Another 76.63% of these people (809,672 Rhode Island overall) were given two shots though no booster (the third COVID-19 vaccine).[2] Finally, 275,087 (right over 26.03% of the state's people) have gotten the booster shot and the first two vaccinations.[3]

As of December 17, almost 21,000 (21,978) breakthrough infections of the COVID-19 have happened across Rhode Island (10.92% for all vaccinated Rhode Islanders). Of that, just over 120 vaccinated people in the state have died from the breakthrough infections, or 0.02%.[4]


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