State Government Press Releases

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PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) is recommending pertussis vaccinations in Coventry after the HEALTH Laboratory confirmed a total of four pertussis (also known as "whooping cough") cases in that community. HEALTH recommends that individuals see their primary care...
Animal Still At Large After Biting One Person and Two Dogs Last Night PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management has learned that a person is being treated for rabies exposure after having contact with a raccoon in an unprovoked attack in North Kingstown last night. The incident...
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) advises consumers that Woodstock, a Providence-based company, has issued a voluntary recall of certain Woodstock Brand Tamari Almonds because of undeclared soy. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy run the risk of a serious or life-...
PROVIDENCE As the flu remains widespread in Rhode Island and continues to send people to doctors' offices and hospitals throughout the state, unvaccinated Rhode Islanders are urged to get flu shots to protect not only themselves, but also those around them particularly elderly people and...
PROVIDENCE - With Rhode Island now in peak flu season and flu-related hospitalization rates climbing throughout the state, the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reminds all Rhode Islanders that it is not too late to be vaccinated against influenza. "Influenza usually hits Rhode Island...
Resolve today to make 2013 a year of better health. State Director of Health Michael Fine, MD encourages Rhode Islanders to make health and wellness a priority in 2013. "The new year is a great time to focus on improving your health and that of your loved ones," said Fine. "You don't need to...
In honor of the New Year, the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) is encouraging smokers to quit in 2013 with the launch of its new smoking cessation campaign, "Tobacco Made Me." The new campaign, which showcases personal stories from Rhode Islanders whose lives have been negatively...
PROVIDENCE The Association of State and Health Territorial Officials (ASTHO) has designated three Rhode Island physicians as "Public Health Heroes." The three designees Gary Bubly, Josiah D. Rich and Peter Simon were nominated for this distinction by the Rhode Island Department of Health (...
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) recently recognized 16 of the state's 25 public housing authorities for implementing smoking bans in their units an important step in combating potential exposures to second-hand smoke that were highlighted in a new study by the Centers...
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reminds all Rhode Islanders that it is not too late to be vaccinated against influenza. The declaration of widespread flu incidence in Rhode Island, issued by the Director of Health on Dec. 5, 2012, remains in effect. "We continue to...