State Government Press Releases

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08/19/2016
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) are advising the public to avoid contact with Warwick Pond in Warwick due to a probable blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) bloom in the pond. Blue-green algae can release toxins that...
08/17/2016
Rhode Island now has two accredited public health entities—the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Brown University School of Public Health—which have launched a new academic partnership aimed at building healthy communities and creating a hub of public health research and innovation...
08/11/2016
Rhode Island has seen a significant increase in hepatitis C virus-related hospitalizations and deaths in the last decade, underscoring the importance of diagnosis and treatment, according to a new report released today by the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Public...
07/28/2016
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) urges all Baby Boomers (people born in the United States between 1945 and 1965) who have not been previously tested for hepatitis C to do so at one of Rhode Island's free, confidential testing sites today on World Hepatitis Day. Of the more than...
07/20/2016
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) are advising people to avoid contact with Sisson Pond in Portsmouth because of a blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) bloom in the pond. Blue-green algae can produce toxins that can...
07/05/2016
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) are warning the public of possible exposure to rabies after an animal bit several customers at a Walmart in Westerly (258 Post Road) on July 4 between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Anyone who...
06/23/2016
As a part of efforts to build healthier, thriving communities across Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is joining leading HIV prevention organizations in urging Rhode Islanders between 13 and 64 years of age to get tested at one of four free or low-cost HIV testing events...
06/21/2016
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) are lifting the public health advisory that had been put in place for Scott Pond in Lincoln because of a cyanobacteria bloom. The cyanobacteria bloom was identified in April....
06/07/2016
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is releasing the latest data today on confirmed accidental drug overdose deaths in Rhode Island. The data are from January 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016. The data are available by clicking the link below.
06/06/2016
As a part of larger efforts across state government to make services more efficient, effective, and customer-oriented, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) has replaced its paper-based application process for initial licensure for nurses with a new online portal. "To ensure that we...