State Government Press Releases

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07/22/2013
PROVIDENCE, RI - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has expanded voluntary home visiting services for prenatal women and families with children younger than three as a result of funding through the Affordable Care Act. "There is strong evidence that high-quality home visiting...
07/20/2013
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) urges all Rhode Islanders who fish in local waters to be sure they are following proper procedures for safe handling of shellfish. This recommendation is made after HEALTH received a report of an individual who became ill due to Vibrio...
07/15/2013
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) urges all Rhode Islanders to protect themselves against the extreme heat forecasted for the coming week with a few simple health precautions. "Extreme heat can be quite dangerous, particularly for our young and elderly Rhode Islanders,"
07/12/2013
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) is urging all Rhode Islanders to take a few simple precautions to protect themselves from shigella infection. HEALTH is making this recommendation after nearly 150 people have been reported ill with shigellosis, a diarrheal illness...
07/12/2013
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has entered into a Consent Agreement with United Healthcare of New England, Inc. and United Healthcare Insurance Company. Under the terms of the agreement, United will pay an administrative penalty in the amount of $500,000 for its...
07/09/2013
Today the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reported that stool specimens from 19 of the patients who became ill with diarrheal illness after swimming at Spring Lake Beach on July 4, are positive for the bacterium Shigella Sonnei. HEALTH began investigating the outbreak of...
07/08/2013
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) is continuing its investigation of diarrheal illness that apparently began at Spring Lake Beach Facility in Burrillville. Since late Saturday night, HEALTH has received reports of 85 illnesses, with 10 resulting in hospitalization. About...
07/08/2013
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) will hold the first meeting of the Project Review Committee-I of the Health Services Council on the applications of Prime Healthcare Services - Landmark, LLC, Prime Healthcare Services, Inc., Prime Healthcare Holdings, Inc., and Prime...
07/07/2013
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has recommended the closure of Spring Lake Beach Facility (50 Old Hillside Drive, Glendale, RI) to swimming after a group of people who swam there on July 4 became ill with bloody diarrhea. HEALTH has not yet identified the source of the...
07/05/2013
PROVIDENCE--The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) is expanding the recall from earlier this week advising consumers not to eat Mediterranean Olives: Calcidica Sweet (Brand: Bel Frantoio) sold at any Ocean State Job Lot (OSJL) stores. In addition to these sweet olives, HEALTH now warns...