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>> Governor Daniel McKee and the Rhode Island Department of Health hosted their weekly COVID-19 briefing on Thursday to provide an update on COVID-19 in Rhode Island. You can watch the press briefing here.

A few big takeaways from the press briefing;

When will you get your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine? The Rhode Island Department of Health rolled out this updated estimated timeline yesterday.

  • 50-59 is next, eligible on April 5.
  • 40-49 on April 12.
  • 16-39 on April 19.

It is the state’s hope that when eligibility opens for each group that those looking to make an appointment will be able to get one within a week or two.

Those (of any age) interested in receiving a vaccine should sign up for the Vaccine Interest Notification List at or call 844-930-1779. The state will contact you when an appointment is available for you.

Restrictions on businesses will loosen even further starting beginning today.

  • Restaurants/events outdoor table seat count increased to 10 people.
  • Self-service seating will be allowed.
  • Gyms may open shower facilities.
  • Businesses no longer need to keep cleaning log paperwork.

>> The Southcoast Health Aquidneck 10K to benefit the Norman Bird Sanctuary announced yesterday that it will be held on November 4. More details at

>> Good news music fans, Newport Blues Cafe reopens tonight. Story

>> Catch me on The Rhode Show on WPRI this morning at 9 am. I’ll be making an appearance during the Rhodey Roundup segment.

Have a good Friday,

~ Ryan

What’s Up in Newport County Today

Friday, March 26

~ Happy Birthday today to William Kimes, Brian Hodge, and Sarah Delekta!

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Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 6:37 am | Sunset: 7:05 pm | 12 hours and 28 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 6:36 am & 7:02 pm | Low tide at 12:38 pm.
  • Moon: Waxing Gibbous, 12 days, 90% lighting.

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Live Music & Entertainment

  • 8 pm – Ryan McHugh at One Pelham East
  • 9 pm – The Van Pelt Trio at Newport Blues Cafe

JPT Film & Event Center Virtual Screening Room

City & Government

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