Lt. Gov. Matos positive for COVID-19; Elorza mandates vaccine for city employees

Updated at 4:19 p.m.

LT. GOV. SABINA MATOS, the former Providence City Council president, speaks after being nominated lieutenant governor by Gov. Daniel J. McKee on March 31. / COURTESY R.I. OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR/ JONATHAN BISSONNETTE
LT. GOV. SABINA MATOS on Tuesday announced she has tested positive for COVID-19. Standing to her right is Gov. Daniel J. McKee./ COURTESY R.I. OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR/ JONATHAN BISSONNETTE

PROVIDENCE – Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos on Tuesday announced on Twitter she has tested positive for COVID-19.

“I tested positive for COVID-19. I have very few symptoms [and] attribute that to being fully vaccinated [and] boosted,” she tweeted. “While in quarantine, I will be keeping in touch with my staff [and] participating in meetings virtually. I encourage all Rhode Islanders to get their booster shot.”

The R.I. Department of Health on Tuesday reported 6,424 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the state, with 28 deaths, since this data was last released Dec. 23.

Hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients in Rhode Island have risen by approximately 8% since Dec 23.

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Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza on Tuesday responded to the rising number of cases across the state and nation by announcing an updated COVID-19 vaccine policy for city employees.

All employees must now show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Jan. 14 and show that they have completed their primary series of vaccination by Feb. 28.

Previously, city employees were able to choose between providing proof of vaccination or weekly negative PCR tests.

(CORRECTS to 6,424 new confirmed cases in 3rd paragraph.)

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