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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.

Ryan Belmore is the 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.