covid-19 update Rhode Island

Getting tested for COVID-19 just got a little easier in the City of Newport.

In support of the RIDOH’s effort to expand COVID-19 testing resources to Newport and the surrounding communities of Aquidneck Island and the East Bay, the RI National Guard, in coordination with the City of Newport and the Newport Housing Authority will be opening a Binax Now COVID-19 Rapid Test Site on Thursday, February 4th, 2021 at the Park Holm Senior Center in the City’s North End.

The site, which is located at 1 Eisenhower St. in Newport, is free to the all ages, and regular hours will be from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The testing site will remain in operation until further notice. Parking is available on site and along Hillside Avenue. 

The site is walk-in, with no appointment required. We ask that only asymptomatic persons visit the site.

Patrons will take a Binax Now Rapid Test under the direction of a RI National Guard service member, and receive their results on-site after a 15-20 minute wait. Results will be on a dated hardcopy as well as a digital entry in the RIDOH portal. The test is free to the public, and open to all ages. We do ask that parents accompany young children.”

In addition, the Binax Now Rapid test site at 21 Brown and Howard Wharf will also remain operational to serve the downtown area, Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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.