State Government Press Releases

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PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) advises individuals to avoid contact with untreated waters affected by blue-green algae blooms. For the second time this season, Watson Reservoir in Little Compton has experienced algal blooms which may form naturally occurring algal...
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has awarded new funding to seven community-based agencies to provide home visiting in six communities using three evidence-based models. Through the Affordable Care Act's Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program,...
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has announced that it has granted Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island's (BCBSRI) request that HEALTH suspend its review of BCBSRI's material modification application for the potential termination of Landmark Hospital from its...
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) recently presented Dr. James Padbury with its Newborn Screening Recognition Award. This award is presented to individuals in Rhode Island who have made exceptional contributions to the practice of newborn screening. Dr. Padbury is the...
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reports that a man in his 20s from Providence County has been diagnosed with meningitis resulting from a West Nile Virus (WNV) infection. The man is now recovering. "Although the calendar tells us that summer...
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) recommends 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....
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are advising people to avoid recreational activities in Blackamore Pond in Cranston and Scott Pond in Lincoln. Both bodies of waters had total cyanobacteria counts well in excess of safe amounts....
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has announced the appointment of Lori Keough, Ph.D., M.Ed., FNP-BC as State Director of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education for the department. In her new role, Keough will provide administrative support and direction in enforcing...
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) advises consumers that they should not eat Salata Frescolina brand ricotta cheese from one specific production date because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The product, which is being voluntarily recalled by Forever...
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are alerting the public that a kitten collected from Jamestown in the vicinity of Highland Drive and Ft. Wetherill State Park that has died, has tested positive for rabies. The kitten...