State Government Press Releases

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07/05/2013
PROVIDENCE--The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) is expanding the recall from earlier this week advising consumers not to eat Mediterranean Olives: Calcidica Sweet (Brand: Bel Frantoio) sold at any Ocean State Job Lot (OSJL) stores. In addition to these sweet olives, HEALTH now warns...
07/03/2013
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) will hold a meeting for public comment on a plan proposed by St. Joseph Center for Health and Human Services (CharterCARE Health Partners) to eliminate obstetric services at OB/GYN clinics located at 21 Peace Street in Providence and 40 Broad Street...
07/03/2013
HEALTH Urges People to Take Precautions for a Safe and Healthy Fourth HEALTH wants everyone to enjoy a safe and healthy Independence Day holiday. As preparations for festivities begin, people should take precautions to avoid illness and injury. Food Safety Warm temperatures provide the...
07/01/2013
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) advises consumers not to eat Mediterranean Olives: Calcidica Sweet (Brand: Bel Frantoio) sold at any Ocean State Job Lot (OSJL) stores. OSJL is voluntarily recalling the product after HEALTH staff discovered that these products were not...
06/27/2013
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) advises Rhode Islanders that they should not consume certain products manufactured by Scenic Fruit Company of Gresham, Oregon. The company announced today that it is voluntarily recalling 5,091 cases (61,092 eight-ounce bags) of Woodstock...
06/26/2013
PROVIDENCE - Michael Fine, M.D., director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), announced that HEALTH has rendered two decisions that will affect the affiliation of Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island and Care New England Health System. HEALTH approved both the Change in Effective...
06/25/2013
PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) encourages all Rhode Islanders to know the facts about the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and get tested as part of their routine medical care. Thursday, June 27, is National HIV Testing Day, on which all individuals ages 13 to 64 are...
06/24/2013
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) Tobacco Control Program (TPC) has launched new pages on www.livesmokefree.ri.gov to help readers understand the dangers of second-hand smoke in public places like outdoor dining establishments and beaches. "Second-hand smoke, even...
06/14/2013
PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has confirmed two additional deaths linked to Acetanilide, n-1-Phenethyl-4-Piperidyl — also known as acetyl fentanyl —an illegal synthetic opiate with properties similar to morphine. These most recent deaths, which bring the total number...
05/31/2013
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has determined that water quality at both City Park Beach and Conimicut Point Beach in Warwick is unsuitable for swimming due to high bacteria counts. Although neither facility has officially opened for the 2013 bathing season at this...