State Government Press Releases

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In advance of Hurricane Sandy, Rhode Islanders with private wells should be aware of two serious, weather-related issues that could affect their water supplies. Significant rainfall can cause wells to flood, potentially contaminating well water. High winds can cause power outages, leaving...
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) urges those with special healthcare needs to enroll in the Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry in advance of Hurricane Sandy. Enrolling in the Registry does not guarantee assistance, but it does allow local and state emergency officials to...
PROVIDENCE - Michael Fine, MD, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), First Lady Stephanie Chafee and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras were on hand at Crossroads Rhode Island today as HEALTH immunized 77 Crossroads clients and members of the community against influenza. "...
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has announced that it has adopted new amendments to its Rules and Regulations for Immunization and Testing For Healthcare Workers that will make flu immunizations mandatory for all workers, students, trainees and volunteers who may have...
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has announced that patients who received medication from any of the three lots recalled by New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Mass. have been notified by their healthcare providers and are being monitored for symptoms of...
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has announced that Rhode Island is among the 23 states nationwide that have received recalled medication from the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass. Two Rhode Island facilities received medication from the recalled lots...
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) continues to recommend that school administrators and town officials throughout the state employ "smart scheduling" of all outdoor activities, including games and practices for all sports, in response to the threat of mosquito-borne illness. On...
PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that test results from one mosquito pool, or sample, from a trap set in northern Tiverton has been confirmed positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The positive EEE result was from a Culex species that feeds on birds...
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) today launched its annual flu immunization campaign with a kick-off event at the Rhode Island State House. Rhode Island's First Lady Stephanie Chafee, Director of HEALTH Michael Fine, MD, and U.S. Senator Jack Reed were on hand to discuss...
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reports that a man in his 60s from Washington County has been diagnosed with West Nile Fever, a mild form of West Nile Virus (WNV). The man is now recovering. This case is Rhode Island's fourth case of illness resulting from a West...