The vaccine deployment in December 2020 signaled a turning point in the COVID-19 pandemic. By the end of May 2021, 40% of the U.S. population was fully vaccinated. But as vaccination rates lagged over the summer, new surges of COVID-19 came, including Delta in the summer of 2021, and now the Omicron variant, which comprises the majority of cases in the U.S.

Researchers around the world have reported that Omicron is more transmissible than Delta, making breakthrough and repeat infections more likely.

The United States as of May 11 reached 998,305 COVID-19-related deaths and 82.1 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 66.3% of the population is fully vaccinated, and 46.1% of vaccinated people have received booster doses.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates in Rhode Island using data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and vaccination data from Covid Act Now. Counties are ranked by the highest infection rate per 100,000 residents within the week leading up to May 10, 2022. Cumulative cases per 100,000 served as a tiebreaker.

Keep reading to see whether your county ranks among the highest COVID-19 infection rates in your state.

#5. Providence County, RI

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 282 (1,802 new cases, +39% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 35,505 (226,850 total cases)
— 4.8% more cases per 100k residents than Rhode Island
– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 397 (2,535 total deaths)
— 18.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Rhode Island
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 70.8% (452,470 fully vaccinated)

#4. Bristol County, RI

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 289 (140 new cases, +67% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,008 (14,063 total cases)
— 14.4% less cases per 100k residents than Rhode Island
– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 349 (169 total deaths)
— 4.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Rhode Island
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 79.0% (38,298 fully vaccinated)

#3. Kent County, RI

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 294 (483 new cases, +39% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,549 (50,189 total cases)
— 9.8% less cases per 100k residents than Rhode Island
– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 312 (513 total deaths)
— 6.9% less deaths per 100k residents than Rhode Island
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 78.6% (129,111 fully vaccinated)

#2. Washington County, RI

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 298 (374 new cases, +10% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,848 (33,715 total cases)
— 20.8% less cases per 100k residents than Rhode Island
– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 178 (224 total deaths)
— 46.9% less deaths per 100k residents than Rhode Island
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 78.5% (98,588 fully vaccinated)

#1. Newport County, RI

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 350 (287 new cases, +49% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,434 (20,877 total cases)
— 24.9% less cases per 100k residents than Rhode Island
– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 113 (93 total deaths)
— 66.3% less deaths per 100k residents than Rhode Island
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 75.5% (61,965 fully vaccinated)

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

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