Press Releases

04/17/2014 13:30 EDT
Providence: With the tandem of increased outdoor activities and increased tick populations, the Department of Health (HEALTH) has partnered with other state agencies to urge Rhode Islanders to check for tick bites as the first line of prevention against Lyme disease when enjoying and working...
04/17/2014 09:00 EDT
Providence: Director of Health Michael Fine, MD today declared the flu to be widespread again in Rhode Island. This declaration triggers the requirement that healthcare workers who have not been vaccinated against the flu wear surgical masks during direct patient contact. Rhode Island is...
04/04/2014 15:30 EDT
Providence: On March 28, the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) issued a press release stating that a water sample taken from a residential well on Wapping Road in Middletown, RI was found to have nitrate levels above the National Primary Drinking Water Standards. Since then, HEALTH has...



04/24/2014 09:05 EDT
Many restaurants across Rhode Island will participate in the annual Dining Out for Life fundraiser on Thursday, April 24th to help support HIV/AIDS services through AIDS Project Rhode Island (APRI). The Dining Out for Life annual fundraising event concept is simple: eat at a participating restaurant on Thursday, April 24 and those restaurants will donate a portion of proceeds to AIDS Project Rhode Island, a division of Family Services of Rhode Island. Some venues are participating for lunch and/or dinner, and some are participating for both meal services or food sales from the day. For more information or to see the list of participating restaurants, visit:
03/17/2014 12:41 EDT
Director of Health, Michael Fine, MD, has issued emergency regulations aimed at preventing opioid overdose deaths by expanding access to the overdose antidote, naloxone (also known as Narcan), and establishing procedures for its administration to a person experiencing an overdose.