State Government Press Releases

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The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Department of Attorney General (RIAG) today announce that the Hospital Conversion Application submitted by Steward Health Care and Landmark Medical Center has been deemed complete. HEALTH and RIAG will now start the formal review and...
Earlier today (January 11) St. Andrew's School in Barrington reported to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) that a vial of mercury had been dropped on a classroom floor in the Brown Science Building on January 10. The...
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) in conjunction with the Barrington Schools will be hosting a pertussis vaccination clinic for Barrington residents on Thursday, January 12 and Friday, January 13, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Barrington High School cafeteria, 220 Lincoln Avenue....
On December 22, HEALTH received a report from a Barrington pediatrician that a student had been diagnosed with pertussis. After working with Barrington school officials and other healthcare providers, the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has confirmed a total of eight cases of pertussis...
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) advises consumers of potential undeclared eggs in certain cases of Laromme brand Vanilla Rugelach. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
07/19/2011
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs (DEA) are issuing a joint heat advisory to remind people of precautions to take in extreme heat. High temperatures are predicted through the weekend, so it is especially important that all Rhode...
07/15/2011
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has received a report of a laboratory-confirmed case of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infection in a male in his 70s who ate raw clams earlier this month. HEALTH is not certain where the clams were harvested. The man was treated and is recovering. HEALTH...
07/06/2011
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), Office of Vital Records reminds Rhode Islanders that as of July 2, 2011, the State of Rhode Island enacted a law (R.I. Gen. Laws Section 1-15-3.1) that recognizes and legalizes civil unions. A license for a civil union must be obtained from a city...
06/24/2011
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) advises consumers of Dole Italian Blend Salad that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The Food and Drug Administration initially reported that the affected salads were not distributed in Rhode Island; however, it was determined that the...
06/24/2011
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) announces that the Whitmarsh Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Clinic located at 557 Broad Street in Providence will be closing as of June 30, 2011. For years, the Whitmarsh Clinic has been funded by HEALTH and managed by the Providence Community...