State Government Press Releases

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10/04/2016
At a packed kick-off event today for the state's annual flu vaccination campaign, Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), urged all Rhode Islanders to keep themselves and their family members safe this year by being vaccinated against the flu.
09/30/2016
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) are advising people to avoid contact with Cunliff Lake, Elm Lake, and the Japanese Gardens, all in Roger Williams Park in Providence, due to blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) blooms...
09/29/2016
One hundred percent of healthcare providers who are authorized to prescribe opioids and other potent medications are now enrolled in the state's prescription drug monitoring database, marking an important step in Rhode Island's work to prevent overdose deaths, the Rhode Island Department of Health (
09/21/2016
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) received confirmation September 20 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Rhode Island in 2016. A 49-year-old Pawtucket resident was diagnosed with meningoencephalitis caused by WNV...
09/16/2016
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) are advising people to avoid contact with Mashapaug Pond in Providence due to a blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) bloom in the pond. Blue-green algae can produce toxins that can...
09/12/2016
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) are advising people to avoid contact with St. Mary's Pond in Portsmouth and South Easton Pond in Middletown because of blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) blooms in those ponds. Blue-
09/01/2016
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) announced today the approval, with conditions, of the proposed affiliation between Westerly Hospital (LMW Healthcare) and Yale-New Haven Health Services Corporation. "We looked very closely at the application and issued a decision with a series of...
09/01/2016
New overdose death data from the spring and reports from overdose survivors indicate that Rhode Island remains in the midst of a fentanyl-use crisis that is increasingly claiming victims who are unaware that the cocaine or heroin they have purchased has been altered with the synthetic drug. "...
08/25/2016
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) are advising people to avoid contact with Warwick Pond in Warwick due to a confirmed blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) bloom in the pond. Blue-green algae can produce cyanotoxins...
08/19/2016
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) are advising the public to avoid contact with Warwick Pond in Warwick due to a probable blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) bloom in the pond. Blue-green algae can release toxins that...