This one-minute video from Brown University charts the devastating course of the coronavirus pandemic
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ICYMI: Rhode Island was up to 26,045 confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday, after adding 182 new cases. The most recent overall daily test-positive rate was 1.8 percent, but the first-time positive rate was 6.3 percent. The state announced one more death, bringing the total to 1,127. There were 117 people in the hospital, 12 were in intensive care, and six were on ventilators.
We’re now into the eighth month of the pandemic, and it has been easy to become numb to the daily news about new infections, and sadly, the death toll. Now there’s real concern that cases are beginning to tick up again.
So how has the virus spread across the country since March?
Brown University School of Public Health Dean Dr. Ashish Jha and his team have created a simple and helpful time-lapse video that breaks down the rate of cases per 100,000 for the US since March 1.
It’s worth taking a minute (literally) to watch this.
THE GLOBE IN RHODE ISLAND
⚓ House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello testified that he was ticked off when he first saw a 2016 campaign mailer in which a Republican endorsed him, but he acknowledged that he paid political operative Jeff Britt a bonus when he won the race and then tried to hire Britt again two years later. Britt is on trial for a money laundering charge in connection with that mailer.
⚓ The Bruins selected Riley Duran in the NHL Draft, but you could first seem him playing at Providence College in 2021. Two other PC players were drafted as well.
⚓ Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island president and CEO Kim Keck is getting