Monday, April 1, 2013
Recalled products may have been sold in Rhode Island.
A number of Farm Rich brand products may be contaminated with E. coli 0121, according to the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH). Products involved in the USDA recall were distributed to Walmart stores nationwide, including stores in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts, according to the state. According to the HEALTH, the products included in the recall are: • 7.2-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mini pizza slices with cheese pepperoni and sauce in pizza dough, UPC code 041322376909 with a best by date of May 15 or May 16, 2014. • 22-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mini pizza slices with cheese pepperoni and sauce in pizza dough, UPC code 041322356437 with a best by date of May 15 or May 16, 2014. • 18-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The Department of Health is asking private well owners to boil their water as a safety precaution.
Due to the excessive snow from the winter storm and from rainfall on Monday, some private wells may be impacted. The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reminds Rhode Islanders who lost water pressure or have a flooded well head (surrounded by water), to take steps to ensure the safety of drinking water: For more information visit www.health.ri.gov/drinkingwaterquality/for/privatewellowners/ or call the Health Information Line at 401-222-5960 / RI Relay 711.
Friday, January 11, 2013
With flu rates higher than normal across the U.S., R.I. Health Director Fine says it's not too late to get vaccinated and protect yourself and others.
From the office of Dr. Michael Fine, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health: As the flu remains widespread in Rhode Island and continues to send people to doctors’ offices and hospitals throughout the state, unvaccinated Rhode Islanders are urged to get flu shots to protect not only themselves, but also those around them — particularly elderly people and babies under the age of six months. “Flu vaccine helps you and the people in your life stay healthy,” said Fine. “Roughly 40 percent of the state has been vaccinated so far this flu season. For the hundreds of thousands of Rhode Islanders who still haven’t gotten flu shots, it’s not too late to protect yourself, your family members, neighbors, co-workers, and friends.” This …
Friday, December 28, 2012
How has smoking impacted your life? Are you trying to quit? Does someone you care about smoke?
In honor of the New Year, the Rhode Island Department of Health is encouraging smokers to quit in 2013 with the launch of its new smoking cessation campaign, “Tobacco Made Me.” The new campaign, which showcases personal stories from Rhode Islanders whose lives have been negatively impacted by smoking and tobacco use, is designed to motivate current smokers to call the state’s quit line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. How has smoking impacted your own life? Are you a previous smoker who quit? How did you do it? Tell us your story in the comments section. “Quitting smoking is tough, but the more times that a smoker tries to quit, the more likely he or she is to ultimately be successful,” said Dr. Michael Fine, director of the health department. “…
Monday, October 29, 2012
According to the RI Department of Health, Hurricane Sandy could impact residents with private wells.
In advance of Hurricane Sandy, Tiverton-Little Compton residents with private wells should be aware of two serious, weather-related issues that could affect their water supplies. Rhode Islanders who use private wells should take several important steps: Before the Storm: Examine your well and make sure that: • The casing and cap have no cracks and are secure. • The ground around the well slopes away from the well, promoting runoff. • Have a fresh water supply for three days for each person and pet in your home. • Fill the bathtub(s) with water prior to the storm (for use in flushing toilets and emergency use). • Have a fresh bottle of unscented chlorine bleach (to sanitize water, if needed). Water disinfecting instructions should be on the…
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The Department of Health will be monitoring the water quality until it is safe again for swimming.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The following is a press release from the Rhode Island Department of Health: The Department of Health recommends the closure of Fogland Beach in Tiverton to swimming due to high bacteria counts. Officials will continue to monitor the water quality and recommend re-opening when the areas are safe for swimming. Water quality analysis is conducted by the HEALTH laboratory or a state certified laboratory. PLEASE NOTE: Beach status may change on a daily basis. For up-to-date information about swimming at Rhode Island beaches, visit www.health.ri.gov/beaches or for recorded information about Rhode Island bathing beaches, call (401) 222-2751.
Monday, January 23, 2012
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Monday, January 23, 2012
More than a thousand adults and children were vaccinated for whooping cough (pertussis) in Barrington last week after multiple students were confirmed to have the illness. As of Wednesday, the number of confirmed cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in the town had jumped to 21, according to the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH). Meanwhile, in Middletown, at least one student was confirmed with the illness at a local school this week. The vaccination clinic in Barrington was organized by the Department of Health and was apparently the first in the state for whooping cough. It was not mandatory, although the health department did consider putting all of the students at one school on antibiotics after the reported cases. Schools in …
Friday, August 26, 2011
Little Compton wants residents to know they should turn in the Rhode Island Department of Health's Special Needs Registry form if they haven't yet.
Little Compton town officials are urging anyone with a Rhode Island Department of Health (DOH) and Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) special registration form sent to their home in the last month to get it turned in. Town Clerk Carol Wordell said she has received a lot of positive feedback from residents who either filled it out online, delivered the forms to her office or mailed them to the health department. The form, attached to this post, is for the state's registry for all residents with disabilities, chronic conditions and special healthcare needs. Filling out the form allows the RIEMA and the DOH to share the information with state and local emergency first-responders, so they can act quickly during a crisis to meet …
Friday, July 29, 2011
The North Tiverton Fire District received a water quality award from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control on maintaining its fluoride levels.
Friday, July 29, 2011
The North Tiverton Fire District is one of four state public water systems that received a Water Fluoridation Quality Award this week from the Rhode Island Department of Health through the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) for maintaining an approved level of fluoride in the water in 2010. The other four award recipients include the Bristol County Water Authority, Newport Water Department Pawtucket Water Supply Board and Providence Water Supply Board. Fluoride in water prevents tooth decay in children and in adults and has been recognized by the CDC as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Water fluoridation is a safe, effective, and inexpensive method of preventing decay. For every dollar …