Thursday has become the day for local and statewide updates on COVID-19 in Rhode Island.

At 1 pm, Governor McKee and the Rhode Island Department of Health will host their weekly COVID-19 briefing.

Look for the update live on Governor McKee’s Facebook Page –

At 4:30 pm, Newport City Council will convene virtually to receive a COVID-19 crisis update from Newport City Manager Joe Nicholson.

Watch the meeting live on Zoom at

The Rhode Island Department of Health reported on Wednesday an additional 296 new positive COVID-19 cases (total now 145,647), 4 new fatalities (total now 2,658), and 153 hospitalizations. 490,765 first doses of the vaccine have been administered and 336,913 people are now fully vaccinated, according to data provided by the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).