Wednesday 08 December 2021
Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee has released a video to speak directly to residents, urging them to take action to slow the latest spread of COVID.
The state currently has the second highest infection rate in the United States, according to Covid Act Now.
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“As we see an increase in the number of daily positive COVID-19 cases, I wanted to speak directly to you and provide an update on our state’s COVID-19 response,” McKee said Wednesday.
“If we don’t take the next 6 weeks seriously, we are risking all the progress we have made together,” he added.
State response in brief
According to Covid ActNow, 73% of eligible Rhode Islanders have received two doses of the vaccine, but only about 40% of adult Rhode Islanders are truly “fully vaccinated” – and have been boosted or received two injections in the past six months.
“Now is not the time to panic – we know there will be new variants of COVID-19 – but we also know what we need to do to protect ourselves and our loved ones. With so many people already vaccinated in Rhode Island. Now is the time to get your recall, ”McKee said.
For more than a month, all COVID indicators in Rhode Island have increased significantly.
“I want to be clear – all options remain on the table in terms of mitigation strategies, including reinstating an indoor mask mandate. So Rhode Island – here’s what I’m asking you. continue to do your part, ”McKee said.
“If you are not vaccinated, get vaccinated. If you are vaccinated and eligible for your booster, do so. If you are not feeling well, stay home and get tested. If you are in a crowded place such as the mall or the grocery store, strongly consider wearing a mask. [means] keep our schools open, our businesses open, ”he added.
We have the tools to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe this holiday season.
My message to Rhode Islanders: pic.twitter.com/oiPPaoHO0J
– Governor Dan McKee (@GovDanMcKee) December 8, 2021