Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH will provide updates to reporters about Rhode Island’s coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response today at 1 p.m.

What’s Up Newp will bring the press conference to you live right here as it happens.

Updates as they happen; (refresh page for updates)

  • Governor reports that Rhode Island now has 54 positive cases of COVID-19, up 10 cases from yesterday. New cases range in ages from pediatric to person in their 70’s. Include four women and six men. DOH investigating source of all cases. All 10 of these people are recovering at home.
  • Governor is activating the full RI National Guard, says COVID-19 is now a 24/7 emergency situation for the state.
  • Governor says state tax filing deadline is now July 15th. But, Governor says if your taxes are done and you can pay them, to please pay them.
  • Governor says that state is currently doing 100 – 200 COVID-19 tests per day, “we need to get to a place where we are doing 500-600 tests per day”.
  • Governor says she’s in favor of allowing alcohol to be sold by bars and restaurants on a take-out basis, but needs to naviage regulations on this.

This story is updating and will be updated following the press conference. Please check back as this story will be updated.

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Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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