Rhode Island’s case rate has increased by over 200% in recent weeks, according to Alexander-Scott. However, the state’s high vaccination rates have helped keep hospitalization numbers from rising significantly, while fatality numbers have remained flat. Nevertheless, Alexander-Scott emphasizes the importance of continued testing and the use of masks to limit the spread of new variants. Although no mask mandates are currently in place, McKee urges vaccinated individuals to make their own decisions about wearing masks in public.

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