In lieu of today’s virtual COVID-19 update with Newport City Council, Tom Shevlin, Communications Officer for the City of Newport released the following update which includes Newport’s weekly numbers and general information on the importance of wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and limiting the size of gatherings to no more than 10.

The City of Newport will resume their weekly virtual COVID-19 update next Wednesday during their City Council Meeting.

Earlier today, Rhode Island Department of Health reported Newport saw an additional 21 positive COVID-19 cases since last Wednesday.

Update From The City

While the City’s weekly COVID-19 Update has been cancelled, Newporters should be aware that we continue to experience a significant and worrisome increase in the positive number of coronavirus cases diagnosed across the State, including here on Aquidneck Island. 

Earlier today, the Rhode Island Department of Health reported another 466 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 for the prior day, bringing the State’s total positive case count to 35,122. 

Sadly, another 2 people died from COVID-19 complications on Tuesday, and 169 people are currently in the hospital, including 21 in the ICU and 11 on ventilators. 

This is by far the highest positive caseload that we’ve seen as a State, and as a community we are by no means immune to the current uptick. Over the past week, 21 positive cases have been reported in Newport alone, adding to the 19 cases identified during the week before. 

As the weather continues to cool, it’s imperative that Newporters maintain their vigilance in the face of this unrelenting disease and be mindful of those around you. 

To that end, we cannot stress enough the importance of wearing a mask whenever in public; maintaining social distance; and to abide by the State’s new COVID-19 guidelines, which call for limiting gatherings to no more than 10 people, staying home if you’re sick, and keeping a daily log of your close contacts.

As a City we remain acutely focused on keeping Newport COVID safe and once again thank you for your continued cooperation during this unprecedented time.

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).