State Government Press Releases

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01/11/2017
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) announced today that the flu is "widespread" in Rhode Island, triggering the state's requirement for unvaccinated healthcare workers in hospitals and many other types of healthcare facilities to wear surgical masks. "The masking requirement is...
01/09/2017
Disease surveillance systems at the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) have detected an increase in viral respiratory and gastrointestinal illness over the past several days. This is not unexpected for this time of year; however, the Department is urging all Rhode Islanders to help prevent...
12/15/2016
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) are lifting the public health advisories on Mashapaug Pond and the Roger Williams Park ponds in Providence; Melville Pond, Sisson Pond, St. Mary's Pond, and Lawton Valley Reservoir in...
12/09/2016
More than 500 community members, legislators, members of the business community, and representatives from fields including public health, healthcare, law enforcement, education, and academia gathered today at the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) 2016 Health Equity Summit to discuss the...
12/01/2016
As a part of work to ensure that all Rhode Islanders with HIV have the opportunity to live long, full, productive lives, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) continue to coordinate closely with community partners throughout the...
10/25/2016
The eligibility criteria for financial assistance for breast cancer follow-up services in Rhode Island have been expanded to include some insured women, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) announced today in a move intended to increase access to care amid a shifting health insurance...
10/14/2016
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that shellfish beds in Wellfleet, Massachusetts have been closed due to suspected norovirus illnesses believed to be linked to the consumption of shellfish from that area. This closure is unrelated to the shellfish harvesting...
10/04/2016
At a packed kick-off event today for the state's annual flu vaccination campaign, Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), urged all Rhode Islanders to keep themselves and their family members safe this year by being vaccinated against the flu.
09/29/2016
One hundred percent of healthcare providers who are authorized to prescribe opioids and other potent medications are now enrolled in the state's prescription drug monitoring database, marking an important step in Rhode Island's work to prevent overdose deaths, the Rhode Island Department of Health (
09/01/2016
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) announced today the approval, with conditions, of the proposed affiliation between Westerly Hospital (LMW Healthcare) and Yale-New Haven Health Services Corporation. "We looked very closely at the application and issued a decision with a series of...