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Governor Gina M. Raimondo on Wednesday announced efforts to speed testing of staff of nursing homes and other congregant care facilities as cases of coronavirus infection among employees and residents continue to climb.

Seven more Rhode Islanders died, including 6 who were nursing home residents, said Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, the state's health director. That brings the death toll to 87, including 66 who were nursing home residents.Raimondo said staff at nursing homes and other congregant care facilities will have access to free, fast-track testing for the coronavirus at the CVS testing site in the parking lot of Twin River in Lincoln. The site will reserve "a couple of hundred spots" every day, she said, for front line health care workers to get tested without an appointment. Employees should speak to their employers for more information, she said.

About 200 nursing home residents have so far tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, said Joseph Wendelken, a Health Department spokesman.

On Wednesday, another 278 Rhode Islanders tested positive for COVID-19, bringing to the total number of infected residents to 3,529, Alexander-Scott said. Of the 229 patients who remain hospitalized, she said, 54 are in the Intensive Care Unit, including 44 who are on ventilators.

The state Health Department also has launched a new COVID-19 dashboard with data, which shows the sharp climb of the coronavirus in Rhode Island.