State Government Press Releases

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10/21/2014
Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines for hospital healthcare workers caring for patients with Ebola. The Rhode Island Department of Health has promulgated those guidelines to all RI healthcare facilities and providers to ensure they are aware of the new...
10/15/2014
Today the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reports the latest numbers on apparent accidental drug overdose deaths, use of Narcan by Rhode Island Emergency Medical Services, and prescribed controlled substances. Since January 1, 2014, there have been 162 apparent accidental drug...
10/09/2014
Providence -- The Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are advising people to avoid recreational activities in Blackamore Pond in Cranston because a blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) bloom has been detected in the waters of the pond. People should...
10/03/2014
Hydrocodone, an opioid-type medication, will be reclassified as a Schedule II medication effective October 6, 2014. In the opinion of many regulators, patient advocates, and pain management experts, this change is long overdue. Hydrocodone and all its combinations collectively represented the...
10/03/2014
The Rhode Island Department of Health was awarded a grant of $3.5 million to support implementation of population-wide and priority population approaches to prevent obesity, diabetes, and heart disease and stroke, and reduce health disparities in these areas among adults on a statewide basis. ...
10/01/2014
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) launched its annual flu vaccination campaign with a kick-off event today at the Rhode Island State House. The dangers of the flu and the importance of being vaccinated were discussed by Director of Health Michael Fine, M.D.; First Lady Stephanie...
09/24/2014
Providence -- The Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are advising people to avoid recreational activities in Spectacle Pond in Cranston and Turner Reservoir, Central Pond, Lower Ten Mile River, and Omega Pond in East Providence because a blue-green...
09/24/2014
The Rhode Island Department of Health today received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of a confirmed case of enterovirus D68 infection (EV-D68) involving an adult. The adult, who was recently hospitalized, has since improved and been discharged. This...
09/22/2014
Today, Mars Chocolate North America announced a voluntary recall of its M&M'SŪ Brand Theater Box 3.40 oz UPC #40000294764 with the following lot numbers: 417DH4JP09 417EM4JP10 417FM4JP09 418AG4JP10 418BG4JP10 418CG4JP10 418DM4JP09 418EG4JP10 419AM4JP09 417EG4JP09 417FG4JP09 ...
09/16/2014
Gel Spice Company Inc., of Bayonne, NJ, has issued a voluntary recall notice for 16,443 cases of Fresh Finds Ground Black Pepper in 3.53-oz. plastic jars because it has the possibility to be contaminated with Salmonella. The product was distributed nationwide via Big Lots Retail Stores Inc.,...