State Government Press Releases

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05/23/2011
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has released the results of its 2011 survey of physician HIT use. The number of Rhode Island-licensed physicians using HIT (including electronic health records and e-prescribing) has increased nearly 12% since 2009. Of the 2,132 physicians who...
05/12/2011
The Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) advise Rhode Islanders that the seasonal increase in reports of potential rabies exposures has started. Most recently, there were several people in Hopkinton who were evaluated for exposure to a fox, and six...
05/04/2011
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) today released the results of its study on the effects partial replacement of lead service lines has on the levels of lead in drinking water. The study demonstrates that replacing even portions of underground water pipes (service lines) made of lead...
04/28/2011
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) advises consumers that A & J Bakery, located at 1458 Park Avenue in Cranston, is voluntarily recalling chocolate five-ounce Easter bunnies that were sold in cellophane bags with no labels and were purchased in the store because they may contain the...
04/25/2011
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) released the results of the 2010 survey on resident and family satisfaction with nursing home care Rhode Island. For the fifth consecutive year, this annual survey indicates that nursing home care, on average, surpassed the national standard. In Rhode...
04/21/2011
Today, the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) presented the Pawtucket Red Sox (Paw Sox) organization with the Safe Place for Teens to Work certification and award. This is the second time the Paw Sox have earned this award, and it is the only company in the state that has achieved this...
04/18/2011
Today, the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) is providing the following updates in the ongoing investigation of the Salmonella outbreak: · All remaining food and environmental samples taken from DeFusco’s bakery have tested negative for Salmonella. · HEALTH has issued a compliance...
04/15/2011
On Wednesday, April 13, a primary care provider notified the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) of a suspected case of measles. The patient, a woman in her 20s, is from Europe. She arrived in New York on Tuesday and traveled by car to Rhode Island. After seeking treatment for symptoms of...
04/07/2011
Safe and available sidewalks. Healthy foods being sold at neighborhood stores. Clean parks and bike paths for children and adults. These are just three examples of things that can promote healthy eating and increased physical activity. Today, the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH)...
04/04/2011
On March 28, 2011, the Rhode Island Department of Health’s (HEALTH) Office of Immunization received two awards from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the National Immunization Conference in Washington, D.C. The first award was for the highest influenza vaccination coverage...