State Government Press Releases

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08/29/2013
PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) announce that two samples of mosquitoes collected on August 19 have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). These findings are not unexpected at this time of the year. Test results...
08/05/2013
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) advises restaurants, markets, and consumers that raw and undercooked oysters and hard clams harvested from waters with specific lot numbers in Norwalk and Westport, Connecticut have been implicated as the source of a number of illnesses related to the...
08/01/2013
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Breastfeeding Coalition (RIBC), in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), will hold a family-friendly event, "Born to Breastfeed," at the Roger Williams Park Zoo on Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 5-9 p.m. The event is being held in conjunction with...
07/30/2013
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) have issued health advisories for Roger Williams Park Ponds and Mashapaug Pond because of blue-green algae blooms in both bodies of water. Rhode Islanders are urged to avoid...
07/27/2013
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) have reported that laboratory testing has confirmed that a brown calf that died on July 26 in Tiverton did not have rabies. The calf had been housed in a pasture...
07/26/2013
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) have announced that a second calf housed in a pasture adjacent to Gray's Ice Cream in Tiverton has died. DEM has obtained tissues from the animal for rabies testing,...
07/25/2013
PROVIDENCE - Following the sudden death of a young calf in a pasture adjacent to Gray's ice cream in Tiverton, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RI DEM) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) are advising any individuals who may have touched the animal to contact...
07/22/2013
PROVIDENCE, RI - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has expanded voluntary home visiting services for prenatal women and families with children younger than three as a result of funding through the Affordable Care Act. "There is strong evidence that high-quality home visiting...
07/15/2013
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) urges all Rhode Islanders to protect themselves against the extreme heat forecasted for the coming week with a few simple health precautions. "Extreme heat can be quite dangerous, particularly for our young and elderly Rhode Islanders,"
07/12/2013
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) is urging all Rhode Islanders to take a few simple precautions to protect themselves from shigella infection. HEALTH is making this recommendation after nearly 150 people have been reported ill with shigellosis, a diarrheal illness...