State Government Press Releases

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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...
01/08/2014
Michael Fine, MD, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) declared today that flu is widespread in Rhode Island. This declaration triggers Rhode Island's regulation requiring all healthcare workers who have not been immunized against the flu to wear surgical masks during direct...
01/08/2014
WHAT: A press conference announcing the declaration of influenza to be widespread in Rhode Island. This declaration will require healthcare workers in the state who have not been vaccinated to wear surgical masks when involved in direct patient care, as required by Rhode Island regulations. WHO:
01/08/2014
With the number of influenza cases circulating throughout Rhode Island and the country continuing to rise, the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has organized a series of no-cost vaccination clinics throughout the state over the next three weeks. Influenza has hospitalized 25 Rhode...
01/06/2014
Dr. Michael Fine, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), announced today that Sarah Harrigan has been named HEALTH's new Chief of Staff. In this role, Mrs. Harrigan will oversee staff management and the oversight of hiring at the state agency with approximately 435 employees.
12/31/2013
1. Spend time with people you love. 2. Find easy and enjoyable ways to exercise 30 minutes a day. (http://www.health.ri.gov/healthyweight/about/physicalactivity/) 3. Drink water from a cup or a glass rather than a plastic bottle, and find ways to cut back the sugar, one drink at a time. (...
12/13/2013
Providence, RI - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) is issuing an advisory to remind people of precautions to take in extreme cold and during winter storms. Frigid temperatures are predicted into the weekend and a winter storm is expected. It is especially important that all Rhode...
12/13/2013
Providence, RI Michael Fine, MD, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) today announced that James Palmer has been named Chief, Office of Health Promotion, for the Department. In this role Palmer will serve as principal Public Information Officer and oversee communications...
11/27/2013
The Rhode Island Department of Health encourages Rhode Islanders to take steps to make health part of their holiday this Thanksgiving. This holiday is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with people you love, which is what we mean by health. Below are some tips to stay healthy. Taste, don't...