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Gov. Raimondo issues a "wake up call" to Rhode Islanders, saying the coronavirus is on the rise again.

Rhode Island is experiencing a resurgence of the coronavirus, and Gov. Gina Raimondo said she plans to announce new restrictions to curb the spread.

Governor Gina M. Raimondo said Wednesday that Rhode Island is experiencing a resurgence of the coronavirus, and she plans to announce new restrictions to curb the spread.

The number of new cases of the virus are well over the 100 per day threshold that Raimondo set when she moved to phase three of reopening the economy at the end of June. The test positivity rate also has climbed to 2.7 % -- a level not seen since the surge following the Fourth of July. And the number of hospitalizations are rising. 

But Raimondo said that shutting down businesses, schools or college campuses is not warranted because people generally are not contracting the virus in those places. Instead, she said, the virus is spreading among families and friends who are socializing in small groups without wearing masks or keeping a social distance.  

 “Let this be a wake up call to Rhode Island,’’ Raimondo said. “It’s time to make some changes. We all including my family have become a little too relaxed.”

The number of virus-related hospitalizations has also more than doubled to 106 patients, up from 67 patients last week. That's prompted calls of concerns from hospitals, Raimondo said, though she said the state is still "well below" capacity for its hospitals and intensive care units.








Gov. Gina Raimondo warns at a news briefing Wednesday that she plans to announce new restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Gov. Gina Raimondo warns at a news briefing Wednesday that she plans to announce new restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Kris Craig/The Providence Journal