State Government Press Releases

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09/02/2018
Since Aug. 31, a boil water advisory has remained in place for customers of five public water systems serving parts of Narragansett and South Kingstown because E. coli bacteria was found in the water supply. There is no change to the advisory, and all customers should continue to boil water until...
08/31/2018
A boil water advisory is in place for the customers of five public water systems serving parts of Narragansett and South Kingstown because E. coli bacteria was found in the water supply. The affected water systems are: - Suez Water (customers with questions should contact Chris Jacobs at 401-...
08/30/2018
The Frontier Camper Park, located at 180A Maxson Hill Road in Ashaway, is required to issue a precautionary boil water notice to its customers because the water system lost pressure. Customers should boil vigorously for at least one minute all water used for human consumption, including drinking...
08/24/2018
Immunization rates for teenagers in Rhode Island are among the highest in the country, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "Immunization prevents disease," said Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, Director of the Rhode Island Department of...
08/21/2018
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are extending the advisory to avoid contact with certain waters in Roger Williams Park to now include Pleasant Lake due to blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) blooms. Advisories are...
08/17/2018
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are advising people to avoid contact with Georgiaville Pond in Smithfield due to a blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) bloom in the pond. Blue-green algae can produce toxins, including...
07/31/2018
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are advising people to avoid contact with Slack Reservoir in Greenville (spans Smithfield and Johnston town line) due to a blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) bloom in the pond. Blue-green...
07/31/2018
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) recognizes all 25 public housing authorities (PHAs) in the state for achieving 100 percent state compliance with a new federal rule that will protect nearly 15,000 multi-unit housing residents from toxic secondhand smoke indoors. One-hundred...
07/27/2018
The following statement can be attributed to Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health: "As a part of our commitment to patient safety, Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) staff were at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital day and...
07/27/2018
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and RI Defeats Hep C invite all Rhode Islanders to attend the 'C is for Cure' WaterFire lighting on July 28th World Hepatitis Day to rally support to eliminate hepatitis C in Rhode Island. The lighting will take place at 8 p.m. in downtown...