State Government Press Releases

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07/16/2018
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are advising people to avoid contact with water from Central Pond, Turner Reservoir, Omega Pond, and the portion of Ten Mile River that flows from Turner Reservoir to Omega Pond in East...
07/13/2018
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) recommends closing Goddard Park State Beach in Warwick for swimming because of high bacteria counts. When a beach closure is recommended, water quality analysis is conducted by RIDOH's laboratory or a state-certified laboratory. The status of a...
07/13/2018
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are advising people to avoid contact with Turner Reservoir in East Providence due to a blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) bloom in the pond. Blue-green algae can produce toxins,...
07/13/2018
The Precautionary Boil Water Advisory that had been in place for Church Woods (Charlestown) has been lifted. The system was required to issue a Precautionary Boil Water Advisory because it lost pressure. Before consuming water from this system again, people should clean and sanitize...
07/09/2018
Rhode Island's updated pain management regulations now require healthcare providers who are writing opioid prescriptions: 1. to have a conversation with their patients on the risks of taking an opioid prescription, 2. indicate the diagnosis code(s) on the prescription. 3. to co-prescribe...
06/29/2018
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) urges all Rhode Islanders to protect themselves against the elevated heat indexes forecasted for the coming week with a few simple health precautions. Heat indexes above 90 degrees are expected from Sunday through the 4th of July. "Extreme heat can...
06/28/2018
The Wilbur and McMahon School, located at 28 Commons in Little Compton, is required to issue a precautionary boil water notice to its customers because the water system is performing pump repairs. Customers should boil vigorously for at least one minute all water used for human consumption,...
06/27/2018
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are advising people to avoid contact with Almy Pond in Newport and Melville Ponds in Portsmouth due to a blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) bloom in the pond. Blue-green algae can...
06/27/2018
Results from a comprehensive youth health survey released today suggest that middle and high school students in Rhode Island have made improvements in health behaviors over the past 10 years in many areas, including seat belt use, sexual activity, and alcohol and illegal prescription drug use....
06/26/2018
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Health Professional Loan Repayment Board announced $680,000 in loan repayment awards today aimed at strengthening the healthcare workforce and narrowing health disparities in Rhode Island by increasing the number of providers in medically...