State Government Press Releases

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The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) is pleased to announce the receipt of a $40,000 donation from The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The donation will support HEALTH's Women's Cancer Screening Program (WCSP) in covering the cost of mammograms for women age 40-49. With...
Today the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) issued an Immediate Compliance Order to Harborside Rhode Island Limited Partnership, DBA Pawtuxet Village Care and Rehabilitation Center, located at 270 Post Road, Warwick, RI. The facility has been ordered to cease and desist admissions of new...
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) applauded municipalities throughout the state today for continuing to provide adults and older children with unique opportunities to get shots that protect against pertussis (also known as whooping cough). HEALTH scheduled clinics with 21 cities...
Exceptional childhood and adolescent immunization rates have earned Rhode Island two awards from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and have placed the state in the nation's top tier for two vaccine series. Rhode Island's coverage rate for the combined vaccine series children...
A new study from the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) shows that Rhode Island hospitalization rates for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), commonly known as heart attack, and associated costs have been on the decline since the state's Smoke-Free Public Places and Workplaces Act took...
Following the success of the recent pertussis vaccination clinics in Barrington, the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) plans to exercise its public health preparedness plans with several cities and towns by opening Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccination clinics. Since it is...
PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Department of Health (HEALTH) are advising people who were in the Kennedy Plaza area on January 23, 2012 at approximately 8:45am be evaluated for possible exposure to rabies. A man described as Latino in his mid 50's,...
The Rhode Department of Health (HEALTH) announces that 100% of the 11,653 Rhode Island infants born in 2011 received a newborn blood-spot screening. This achievement underscores the success of a state public health program that consistently reaches between 99 and 100% of newborns each year. "...
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) is closely monitoring classroom clusters of flu-like illness at Wakefield Elementary School as Rhode Island officially enters peak flu season. HEALTH's laboratory has confirmed some illnesses were caused by the influenza Type A virus, which is among...
On December 22, HEALTH received a report from a Barrington pediatrician that a student had been diagnosed with pertussis. As of today, there have been 21 cases of pertussis confirmed in Barrington. The number of confirmed cases in Rhode Island is consistent with outbreaks occurring nationally and...