State Government Press Releases

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03/04/2015
PROVIDENCE Michael Fine, M.D., director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), has issued a Declaration of Conclusion of Widespread Influenza Period Statewide. According to HEALTH's regulations, healthcare workers who have not been immunized against influenza are no longer required...
03/04/2015
HEALTH warns Rhode Islanders who purchased Roasted Garlic Sauce, Clam Sauce, Tomato Basil Sauce, Fra-Diavalo Sauce, and Marinara Sauce from D.Palmieri's Bakery on 624 Killingly St in Johnston. These products were not processed properly. There is a potential risk of Clostridium botulinum, a...
03/04/2015
Approximately $2.15 million of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding awarded to the Rhode Island Department of Health will fund 11 Rhode Island non-profit organizations and local governments to support innovative approaches to preventing chronic diseases, improve birth outcomes and...
02/19/2015
Due to several recent recalls of products containing cumin for undeclared peanut allergens, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending that people with peanut allergies avoid consuming products with ground or powdered cumin. The FDA stated that affected cumin may be sold as a spice,
02/19/2015
Today the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reports the updated data on apparent accidental drug overdose deaths, use of Narcan by Rhode Island Emergency Medical Services, and prescribed controlled substances. Since January 1, 2015, there have been twenty-seven apparent accidental drug...
02/18/2015
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Providence College are conducting an evaluation of the impact of the serogroup B meningococcal vaccination program implemented at the college. Clinics for the first dose of the vaccine were...
02/06/2015
FEBRUARY 6, 2015 Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Providence College Coordinating to Organize On-Site College Vaccination Clinic PROVIDENCE, R.I. The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) announced swift action today in response to a second...
02/02/2015
PROVIDENCE, R.I. Today, the Rhode Island Department of Health received a report of a confirmed case of meningococcal meningitis in a vaccinated Providence College student. The student has been admitted to a Boston-area hospital and is improving. Providence College Health Services, in...
01/30/2015
Providence, RI In order to bring attention to the health and safety issues associated with winter storms, the Rhode Island Department of Health is releasing the number of storm-related deaths, illnesses, and injuries reported by emergency departments in Rhode Island since winter storm "Juno" hit...
01/21/2015
Today the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reports the data on apparent accidental drug overdose deaths, use of Narcan by Rhode Island Emergency Medical Services, and prescribed controlled substances. Since January 1, 2015, there have been seven apparent accidental drug overdose deaths.