COVID Update: Week of Feb. 6-12

During the week of Feb. 6 to Feb. 12, there were 237 positive cases identified through URI testing (236 students, 1 faculty/staff/affiliate), representing a 7-day incidence rate of 1,269 per 100,000.  This rapid increase in cases over the prior week is consistent with the highly transmissible nature of the Omicron variant. Contact tracing has confirmed that transmission is occurring predominantly through unmasked social group and/or residential interactions, with no evidence of transmission in the academic setting.  URI Health Services reports that most cases are mild or asymptomatic.

Weekly Results – URI Health Services Testing

Weekly tests: 2,167 tests through URI Health Services. 
Positive cases: 237 positive cases from URI testing; 127 students living off campus, 109 students living on campus and 1 faculty/staff/affiliates. 
Incidence:The 7-day incidence rate of positive cases among members of the URI community who tested through URI Health Services was 1,269 per 100,000.  The RI 7-day incidence rate for this period was ~315 cases per 100,000.

URI requires all eligible students, faculty and staff to get the COVID-19 vaccine booster shot. Individuals are eligible for a booster five months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna two-shot series, or two months after the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Details and instructions for uploading vaccination records are available here. Details about upcoming vaccination clinics are available here.

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

Visit the State of Rhode Island COVID-19 Response Data site for detailed information on trends in the state.