State Government Press Releases

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08/28/2014
Listening to Residents Helps Rhode Island Nursing Homes Continue to Outperform the Nation Quality of life and care for Rhode Island seniors and their families reach above average marks, making the state a more desirable place for elders Providence, Rhode Island, August 28, 2014 Nursing...
08/27/2014
The Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are advising people to avoid recreational activities in J.L. Curran Reservoir in Cranston because a blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) bloom has been detected in the waters of the reservoir. Following a...
08/22/2014
Beginning today (August 22, 2014) the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) is thought to be the first state to make data from its Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) available to the public on the Department's website. Rhode Islanders will be able to learn what percentage of prescribers...
08/15/2014
PROVIDENCE -- On Thursday, August 14, 2014, the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) Office of State Medical Examiner (OSME) took into custody three bodies that had been found at a storage unit in Johnston rented by Alfred Pennine, the Pennine Funeral Home director who died last month. ...
08/08/2014
HEALTH and BHDDH Issue Warning About Spike in Drug Overdose Deaths Today the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reports 17 apparent accidental drug overdose deaths some with paraphernalia at the scene in the month of July and the first week of August. While these numbers are...
08/06/2014
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has awarded more than $2 million in new funding to eight community-based agencies to provide evidence-based home visiting services for pregnant women and families with young children in Rhode Island. Through the federal Maternal, Infant,...
08/05/2014
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Breastfeeding Coalition (RIBC) will hold a family-friendly event, "Born to Breastfeed," at the Roger Williams Park Zoo on Wednesday, August 6, from 5-9 p.m. The event is being held in conjunction with WHO/UNICEF World Breastfeeding Week. During the event, families can...
08/01/2014
As of today, August 1, 2014, Rhode Island has begun screening all infants born in the state for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID). This Immunodeficiency is a rare disease that causes dangerously low levels of white blood cells, which protect the body from infection. Babies with SCID appear...
07/28/2014
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Providence Police Department are continuing their investigation into the remains of eight individuals found at Pennine Funeral Home in Providence on July 25, 2014. Of the remains found at Pennine Funeral Home, six were bodies and two were...
07/24/2014
Whole Foods Market has recalled made-in-store items prepared with organic and conventional stone fruit, including peaches, nectarines, and plums from Wawona Packing Co. because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. While no illnesses have been reported to-date, Listeria...