State Government Press Releases

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03/21/2014
An influenza strain, different from the flu strain that is most common this season, is causing an increase in the flu in Rhode Island. This latest strain, H3, causes more severe illness and has a greater impact on the elderly. This year's flu vaccine protects against both these strains of the...
03/20/2014
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and Director of Health, Michael Fine, MD, are warning the public of a possible scam in which individuals, primarily women, are being called by a "medical compensation company" or "the state department of health" asking about recent surgeries and other personal...
03/19/2014
With today's first-ever Rhode Island Zombie Walk, the Rhode Island Department of Health's Tobacco Control Program, Tobacco Free Rhode Island, Tobacco Free Providence, and local teens affirmed their commitment to finding innovative ways to reduce tobacco use. Dozens of teens from across Rhode...
03/17/2014
PROVIDENCE: Two hundred twenty-five fewer Rhode Island children had elevated lead levels* in 2013, with housing improvements in Providence accounting for about half of the gains in lead poisoning prevention. "This is great news. Lead not only affects a child's health, but it also impacts a...
03/14/2014
Providence: The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has learned of a voluntary recall of bagged salads due to possible health risks, and advises people not to consume any of the recalled products from Dole Fresh Vegetables, which include: Dole Italian Blend (UPC 7143000819), Fresh...
03/12/2014
First Lady Michelle Obama, Governor Lincoln Chafee, and Director of Health Michael Fine, M.D. have all reached out to the leadership in Rhode Island's cities and towns calling on them to join Let's Move! Cities, Towns, and Counties. Let's Move! is a national campaign to address the childhood...
03/02/2014
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 on February 25 at...
02/27/2014
The flu is no longer widespread in Rhode Island, Director of Health Michael Fine, M.D. announced today, while also reminding everyone who has not yet been vaccinated that it is not too late to get a flu shot. Healthcare workers who had not been vaccinated against the flu had been required to...
02/04/2014
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reports today that two influenza-related deaths occurred in January, the state's first two of the 2013-2014 flu season. The first individual, a male in his 50s who had underlying medical conditions, died on January 1. The second individual was a...
01/17/2014
Today the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reports that there have been 22 deaths due to apparent accidental drug overdose since the first of the year. This alarming number is twice the number of deaths seen for this same time period last year. The deaths were geographically spread...