COVID Update: Week of Nov. 7-13

Summary statement:

URI saw a dramatic decline in positive COVID-19 cases during the period Nov. 7 to Nov. 13, with the weekly total falling to 34 positive cases (33 students, 1 faculty/staff/affiliate) from more than 80 cases the prior week. The positivity rate for this period decreased, falling from 1.74% during the week of Oct. 31 to Nov. 6 to 0.88% during the current reporting period. The 7-day incidence rate for vaccinated members of the URI community dropped to 150 per 100,000, which is below the Rhode Island incidence rate of ~220 per 100,000. The 7-day incidence rate for unvaccinated members of the URI community was 429 cases per 100,000, almost three times higher than that of the vaccinated URI community and double that of the state rate. URI Health Services reports that in addition to the drop in students testing positive for COVID-19, they are also seeing a small decrease in the number of students presenting with influenza-like illness.

All URI community members are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” and participate in COVID-19 surveillance testing prior to the Thanksgiving break.

Weekly Results

Weekly Tests:3,890, including 577 symptomatic tests, through URI Health Services.
Positive Cases:29 positive cases from URI testing, 5 additional cases reported to URI from external testing, 7 unvaccinated, 27 vaccinated.
Weekly Positivity:7-day positivity rate of 0.88%, down from 1.74% the prior week.  This is below the Rhode Island positivity rate of 3.1% for the same period.
Incidence:The 7-day incidence of positive cases among members of our community with an approved medical/religious vaccination exemption was 429 per 100,000, dropping from the semester high of 1,261 per 100,000 during the prior week. The 7-day incidence rate of COVID-19 among the vaccinated URI population decreased to 150 per 100,000 from 353 per 100,000 during the prior week.

Visit the URI COVID-19 Tracker for detailed information from our testing program. The dashboard is updated daily as results become available.