State Government Press Releases

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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...
07/25/2018
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Department of Environmental Management are advising people to avoid contact with Roosevelt Lake (part of the Roger Williams Park Ponds) and Mashapaug Pond in Providence due to blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) blooms. Blue-green algae can...
07/24/2018
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that Pepperidge Farm is recalling four varieties of Goldfish crackers. A seasoning that is applied to these crackers has been the subject of a recall due to the potential presence of Salmonella. The products were distributed...
07/23/2018
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that Mondelez Global is recalling certain Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits product. These products contain whey powder as an ingredient, which the whey powder supplier has recalled due to the potential presence of Salmonella.
07/20/2018
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is coordinating directly with Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital leadership, and is working closely with healthcare providers and healthcare facilities throughout the state to ensure that safe, quality care continues to be delivered...
07/19/2018
The Precautionary Boil Water Advisory that had been in place for Wilbur and McMahon School in Little Compton has been lifted. The system was required to issue a Precautionary Boil Water Advisory because it was performing pump repairs. Before consuming water from this system again, people should...