Nearly 30% of all COVID cases recorded in Newport County have occurred in 2022

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Of the more than 16,000 cases of COVID-19 reported across Newport County since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, nearly 30% of them have been recorded in 2022.

According to the latest data released Wednesday by the state Department of Health, there were 1,899 new cases of the virus over the seven-day stretch of Jan. 13-19. That sets a single-week high locally, outpacing the 1,771 cases identified the previous week, from Jan. 6-12.

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It also lifts the total reported cases in the county to 16,443 since the start of the pandemic. Of those, 4,885 have been reported since Dec. 30, which is 29.7%. The state Department of Health does not require at-home positive tests to be reported.

The weekly case numbers in Newport County have steadily risen since the start of November. There were 85 cases in the county during the week Nov. 4-10. That number increased to 157 from Nov. 11-17; 192 from Nov. 18-24; 215 from Nov. 25 to Dec. 1; 364 from Dec. 2-9; 426 from Dec. 10-16; 582 from Dec. 17-22; 629 from Dec. 23-29; and 1,215 from Dec. 30 to Jan. 5.

Four of the six communities in the county saw a bump in cases from the previous week — all recording single-week highs — one remained level and one saw a drop.

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Middletown identified 423 new cases between Jan. 13-19, Portsmouth with 411, Tiverton with 317 and Little Compton with 42. Those are all single-week high case totals. For the second straight week, Newport recorded 609 new cases, and the 97 new cases in Jamestown were down from 109 the previous week.

Since the Department of Health began tracking the figures, Newport has identified the most total cases with 5,336, followed by Middletown (3,517), Portsmouth (3,271), Tiverton (3,059), Jamestown (842) and Little Compton (418).

Vaccination rates

Some 75% of people living in Newport County are fully vaccinated as of Jan. 18, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers someone fully vaccinated two weeks after they've been given a single-dose shot (Johnson & Johnson) or a second shot (either Pfizer or Moderna).

Rhode Island reported 317,344 total cases of coronavirus, an increase of 11% from the week before.

Here are the latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Newport County as of Jan. 18:

How many people in Newport County have received a COVID-19 vaccine?

88% of people in Newport County have received at least one dose of the vaccine, for a total of 73,426 people

75% of people in Newport County are fully vaccinated, for a total of 62,570 people

How many people in Rhode Island have been vaccinated so far?

92% of people in Rhode Island have received at least one dose of the vaccine, for a total of 975,425 people

78% of people in Rhode Island are fully vaccinated, for a total of 825,391 people

COVID vaccinations for kids and boosters

The percentages in this story reflect the total share of the population that has received vaccines. That now includes people as young as 5 years old, for whom vaccines have been authorized.

This article originally appeared on Newport Daily News: COVID-19 in Newport County: 30% of all cases have occurred in 2022

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