State Government Press Releases

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05/23/2014
Providence, RI– Whole Foods Market is recalling Thai Soba Noodle Salad sold in all stores in five states, including Rhode Island, due to an undeclared soy allergen. The product has a Use by Date of: 5/25/14. The salad contains edamame (soybeans) as an ingredient. People who have an allergy...
05/20/2014
Recalled Ground Beef Products Found in Rhode Island At least 128 food facilities in RI received the recalled product Providence--Approximately 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 are being recalled by Wolverine Packing Company, a...
05/20/2014
The Rhode Island Department of Health has approved the hospital conversion and change in effective control applications of Prospect Medical Holdings and CharterCARE to establish a joint venture to be called Prospect CharterCARE, LLC that will own Roger Williams Medical Center, St. Joseph Health...
05/19/2014
Providence--In recognition of National Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19, the Rhode Island Department of Health's Division of Infectious Disease and Epidemiology, Office of HIV/AIDS & Viral Hepatitis has honored Lynn E. Taylor, M.D, Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP), with the...
05/15/2014
Michael D. Fine, MD, Rhode Island's Director of Health, today approved the application of CVS MinuteClinics Diagnostics of Rhode Island, LLC to license seven healthcare facilities in Rhode Island, but with a number of significant conditions attached. In deciding to approve the license...
05/14/2014
Providence: The flu is no longer widespread in Rhode Island, Director of Health Michael Fine, M.D. announced today, while cautioning that everyone should continue to protect themselves through proper hand-washing and other hygienic prevention measures as the flu virus continues to circulate in...
05/05/2014
During National Drinking Water Week (May 4-10), the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) wants all Rhode Islanders to learn about the value of tap water. "Drinking Water Week is an opportunity for all of us to remember how healthy drinking tap water really is," said Director of Health...
05/05/2014
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome rates rising in tandem with drug overdose rates Providence-- Rates of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome have continued to rise in Rhode Island after nearly doubling from 4.4 per 1,000 live births in 2005 to 8.3 per 1,000 live births (90 cases) in 2012. Already in the...
04/30/2014
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) are advising people in the area of Princeton Avenue and Burnett Street in Providence that a raccoon attacked and bit or scratched two residents on April 30th and has tested positive for rabies.
04/17/2014
Providence: Director of Health Michael Fine, MD today declared the flu to be widespread again in Rhode Island. This declaration triggers the requirement that healthcare workers who have not been vaccinated against the flu wear surgical masks during direct patient contact. Rhode Island is...