One of the most popular type of questions What’s Up Newp was asked last week were questions where the answer will hopefully give some sense of positive news or hope for our readers.

What’s Up Newp empathizes with our readers and recognizes that our local coverage and national coverage of how many new cases, how many fatalities, and other grim news can be tough to constantly consume daily.

For example, on Saturday a reader wrote in and asked us about how many people have recovered from COVID-19 in Rhode Island. ” Recovery information can instill hope in a very scared community/state. Of course the infection rate and hospitalization info is critical to share, but we need something Ryan!! Something to show us that people are coming out of this alive”.

On Saturday afternoon during the Governor’s press briefing, What’s Up Newp asked Governor Raimondo and Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, “Many of our readers are looking for a sign of hope. What statistics or information should Rhode Islanders be looking at for hope? To know we are all going to get thru this. Is there any good data (perhaps number recovered) that you and RIDOH can share daily”?

In short, the Governor says it is very hopeful we can now test 1,000 a day. Two weeks ago it was not clear we could do that. Also, it is hopeful that hundreds of retired doctors and nurses volunteering. And that young recover.

Watch Governor Raimondo and Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott’s response from 41:00 – 45:00 in the video below.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
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.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.