Two persons with underlying medical conditions are the first Rhode Islanders to die from COVID-related illness, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) confirmed today. One individual in their 80s died Friday, March 27, at night and the other individual in their 70s died today.

Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Health Director Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, will comment on the deaths at today’s media briefing at 1 PM. RIDOH will not be releasing any additional information about the deaths.

What’s Up Newp will carry the press conference live at 1 pm on our website.

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Dr. Alexander-Scott announced on March 27th that Rhode Island has 38 additional cases of COVID-19. This brings Rhode Island’s case count to 203.

As of March 27th, 2020;

  • Number of Rhode Island COVID-19 positive (including presumptive positive) cases: 203
  • Number of Rhode Islanders who had negative test results: 2,306
  • Number of people who are currently instructed to self-quarantine in Rhode Island: approximately 2,500

Distribution of Rhode Island COVID-19 patients by city/town of residence:

Map showing COVID cases by municipality as of 3/27 | All data as reported by RIDOH | Editor’s Note: This information should not be used to assess risk.
  • Barrington – 5
  • Bristol – fewer than 5
  • Burrillville – fewer than 5
  • Central Falls – fewer than 5
  • Charlestown – fewer than 5
  • Coventry – 5
  • Cranston – 21
  • Cumberland – 7
  • East Greenwich – 0
  • East Providence – 9
  • Exeter – 0
  • Foster – fewer than 5
  • Glocester – 0
  • Hopkinton – fewer than 5
  • Jamestown – fewer than 5
  • Johnston – 5
  • Lincoln – fewer than 5
  • Little Compton – 0
  • Middletown – 6
  • Narragansett – fewer than 5
  • New Shoreham – 0
  • Newport – 5
  • North Kingstown – 8
  • North Providence – fewer than 5
  • North Smithfield – fewer than 5
  • Pawtucket – 9
  • Portsmouth – fewer than 5
  • Providence – 57
  • Richmond – 0
  • Scituate – fewer than 5
  • Smithfield – fewer than 5
  • South Kingstown – 8
  • Tiverton – fewer than 5
  • Warren – fewer than 5
  • Warwick – 11
  • West Greenwich – 0
  • West Warwick – fewer than 5
  • Westerly – 5
  • Woonsocket – fewer than 5

Number of Rhode Island COVID-19 patients who are currently hospitalized:

  • 28
Graph showing rise in COVID cases and hospitalizations as of 3/27 All data as reported by RIDOH | Editor’s Note: This information should not be used to assess risk.

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Data notes:

  • The number of negative test results increased significantly between yesterday and today because RIDOH is now counting the negative test results at RIDOH’s State Health Laboratories and at private and hospital laboratories. Outside laboratories do not normally report negative test results to RIDOH. The previous negative totals were only for the State Health Laboratories. The positive and negative totals are now cumulative numbers for all laboratories testing for Rhode Islanders.
  • As the volume of cases increases, RIDOH may move to providing abbreviated data updates daily and more detailed data updates weekly.
  • The number of COVID-19 patients in a city or town should not be used to draw any conclusions about relative risk in different cities and towns. All Rhode Islanders should continue to take all the COVID-19 precautions that have been shared by RIDOH.

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