RI removes 3 states from COVID-19 travel advisory list; 1,031 new cases, 24 deaths reported


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — People coming to Rhode Island from New York, Indiana and Wisconsin are no longer subject to the state’s COVID-19 travel restrictions.

The state on Monday updated its travel advisory list to remove those three states, meaning visitors or Rhode Islanders returning from those states no longer have to quarantine or provide a negative coronavirus test upon arrival.

The list now consists of 30 states and the Northern Mariana Islands, with New Hampshire being the only New England state remaining.

In the meantime, Massachusetts’ travel advisory list still has only Hawaii listed as a “low-risk” state, while Connecticut has Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey on the list of states exempt from its COVID-19 travel restrictions.

New data from the R.I. Department of Health shows 1,031 new positive cases in the state since Friday.

There was an unusually low number of tests (5,088) performed on Sunday. The Health Department closed all state-run testing sites due to the snowstorm.

Another 24 Rhode Islanders have died after contracting COVID-19, according to health officials, bringing the reported death toll to 2,236.

Hospitalizations declined to 241, which is the fewest since early November. Of the current patients, 42 are in intensive care and 20 are on ventilators.

As for the COVID-19 vaccine, the data shows nearly 36,000 Rhode Islanders are now fully immunized, having received both required shots, while more than 86,000 first doses have been administered to date.

Over the weekend, CVS Health opened vaccination sites in Providence and Johnston, while Walgreens began signing up seniors for shots at 14 of its pharmacy locations.

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