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 Nov. 2 reached over 1 million COVID-19-related deaths and 97.5 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 68.3% of the population is fully vaccinated, and 7.3% of vaccinated people have received the most recently available bivalent 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 Oct. 27, 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.

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#5. Washington County, RI

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 96 (120 new cases, -29% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 31,408 (39,441 total cases)
— 18.5% less cases per 100k residents than Rhode Island
– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 201 (252 total deaths)
— 42.2% less deaths per 100k residents than Rhode Island
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 81.8% (102,718 fully vaccinated)

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#4. Providence County, RI

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 121 (776 new cases, -16% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 40,453 (258,465 total cases)
— 5.0% more cases per 100k residents than Rhode Island
– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 409 (2,615 total deaths)
— 17.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Rhode Island
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 72.9% (465,857 fully vaccinated)

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#3. Bristol County, RI

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 122 (59 new cases, -31% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 33,984 (16,475 total cases)
— 11.8% less cases per 100k residents than Rhode Island
– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 384 (186 total deaths)
— 10.3% more deaths per 100k residents than Rhode Island
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 81.8% (39,652 fully vaccinated)

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#2. Kent County, RI

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 127 (209 new cases, -14% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 36,106 (59,320 total cases)
— 6.3% less cases per 100k residents than Rhode Island
– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 322 (529 total deaths)
— 7.5% less deaths per 100k residents than Rhode Island
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 80.9% (132,862 fully vaccinated)

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#1. Newport County, RI

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 143 (117 new cases, +11% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,817 (24,474 total cases)
— 22.6% less cases per 100k residents than Rhode Island
– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 121 (99 total deaths)
— 65.2% less deaths per 100k residents than Rhode Island
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 78.3% (64,251 fully vaccinated)

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