State Government Press Releases

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08/08/2014
HEALTH and BHDDH Issue Warning About Spike in Drug Overdose Deaths Today the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reports 17 apparent accidental drug overdose deaths some with paraphernalia at the scene in the month of July and the first week of August. While these numbers are...
08/06/2014
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has awarded more than $2 million in new funding to eight community-based agencies to provide evidence-based home visiting services for pregnant women and families with young children in Rhode Island. Through the federal Maternal, Infant,...
08/05/2014
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Breastfeeding Coalition (RIBC) will hold a family-friendly event, "Born to Breastfeed," at the Roger Williams Park Zoo on Wednesday, August 6, from 5-9 p.m. The event is being held in conjunction with WHO/UNICEF World Breastfeeding Week. During the event, families can...
08/01/2014
As of today, August 1, 2014, Rhode Island has begun screening all infants born in the state for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID). This Immunodeficiency is a rare disease that causes dangerously low levels of white blood cells, which protect the body from infection. Babies with SCID appear...
07/28/2014
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Providence Police Department are continuing their investigation into the remains of eight individuals found at Pennine Funeral Home in Providence on July 25, 2014. Of the remains found at Pennine Funeral Home, six were bodies and two were...
07/24/2014
Whole Foods Market has recalled made-in-store items prepared with organic and conventional stone fruit, including peaches, nectarines, and plums from Wawona Packing Co. because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. While no illnesses have been reported to-date, Listeria...
07/21/2014
Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, California is voluntarily recalling certain lots of whole peaches (white and yellow), nectarines (white and yellow), plums and pluots packed between June 1, 2014 through July 12,2014 due to the potential of the products being contaminated with Listeria...
07/17/2014
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) recommends the closure of Atlantic Beach Club Beach in Middletown; Bristol Town Beach in Bristol; Conimicut Point Beach in Warwick; Fogland Beach in Tiverton; Grinell's Beach in Tiverton; and Warren Town Beach in Warren to swimming due to high...
07/03/2014
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released national survey results that show Rhode Island now has the second lowest youth smoking rate in the country. The results come from a national comparison of data from the states' 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)...
06/30/2014
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) is working with Rhode Island Hospital and Roger Williams Medical Center to notify patients who may have been exposed to a person with measles who was in both of these facilities last week. The first potential exposure took place early in the...