Burrillville shows third lowest vaccination rate in RI, 69 town deaths attributed to COVID-19


BURRILLVILLE – The number of cases of COVID-19 in the state has seen a recent spike with the Rhode Island Department of Health tracking the data, and the latest update shows the town has lost a total of 69 residents to the pandemic since began in the state last March.

Burrillville has the third lowest rate of fully vaccinated people among Rhode Island’s cities and towns according to the agency, with 50.3 percent of residents receiving full protection against the virus to date.

Nearby Woonsocket is the least fully vaccinated community in Rhode Island at 45.5 percent, with Tiverton showing the second lowest rate of 46.5.

Neighboring North Smithfield is at 60.1 percent, with a total of 64 deaths attributed to the virus. Statewide, 61.9 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, with the number rising to 72.6 percent among those over the age of 18.

The updates comes as state officials continue to urge residents to get vaccinated amid a climbing number of cases.

“Our goal is to reach 100 percent vaccine coverage among eligible Rhode Islanders to better protect those that are not yet eligible for vaccination,” the agency notes.

The data shows Burrillville 11th in the state for rate of cases per 100,000 in population, with 2,094 testing positive for the virus over the past year in a half. The town has has a total of 80 hospitalizations according to RIDOH.

Among the fully vaccinated, 1,549 Rhode Islanders have had “breakthrough cases,” of COVID-19 marking .25 percent of the 605,954 who have received all required doses. Those who receive the vaccine generally become less sick from the virus, and data shows the state registered 262 new positive cases on Tuesday, Aug. 3, with 38 people currently hospitalized.

The rate of at least partially vaccinated residents in Burrillville is currently 54.3 percent.

Positive cases have been on the rise since July 3, when only .4 percent of Rhode Island residents tested positive for COVID-19. The increase to the current 3 percent marks a high transmission rate in Rhode Island according to indicators from the Centers for Disease Control.

Complete data can be found on the RIDOH website at https://ri-department-of-health-covid-19-data-rihealth.hub.arcgis.com/.

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