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McDonald leaving R.I. Department of Health July 29

PROVIDENCE – Less than six months after the former longtime leader of the state agency resigned, the interim director of the R.I. Department of...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH is now accepting applications for safe injection sites, also known as "harm reduction centers," where people will be allowed to inject illicit drugs under medical supervision, according to the department. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Rhode Island accepting applications for safe injection sites

PROVIDENCE – After Gov. Daniel J. McKee signed legislation authorizing the establishment of a two-year pilot program in early July 2021, making Rhode Island...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH is proposing updated regulations that would allow health care workers who are not vaccinated for COVID-19 to go to work, as long as they wear medical grade N95 masks during periods of high virus transmission in the community. The departmetn said it will be taking public comment on these regulations until March 25, before the new policies take effect several weeks later. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

RIDOH proposes regulation update allowing unvaccinated health care workers

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Health announced on Thursday that it's proposing new regulations that would allow health care workers who are not...
FRESH ­INGREDIENTS: Master chef Rosa Munoz, of Savory Fare, prepares a home-cooked meal in the commercial kitchen at food incubator Hope & Main in ­Warren. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. considers relaxing law on homemade food

A home-based bakery seemed to make perfect sense to Portsmouth resident Kara Donovan. Friends and family had already asked to buy her creations, and...
SO FAR THIS YEAR, up through Feb. 6, a total of just 1,432 self-test results for COVID-19 have been reported to the R.I. Department of Health, including 1,106 positive results and 326 negatives. That means just 22.7% of people who reported their self-test results were negative, far less than the percentage of negative test results seen in the overall testing data collected by the state. / COURTESY CITY OF EAST PROVIDENCE

Only 1,432 at-home COVID tests reported to RIDOH this year

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island's government distributed 1 million at-home COVID-19 test kits to state residents in a matter of a month earlier this year,...
SPEAKER-NOMINEE K. Joseph Shekarchi announced Tuesday a bipartisan House of Representatives task force to oversee the state's implementation of COVID-19 vaccine distribution. / COURTESY CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

Shekarchi appoints bipartisan House task force for vaccine distribution

PROVIDENCE – R.I. House of Representatives Speaker-nominee K. Joseph Shekarchi, D-Warwick, announced Tuesday a bipartisan House task force to oversee the state's implementation of...

Child immunizations down; R.I. sees first multisystem inflammatory syndrome case

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island saw an alarming 52% reduction in immunization rates for children ages 2 to 7 years old in April and May,...

R.I. Health Department seeks proposals for $1.4M Health Equity Zone funding

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Health has $1.4 million to enhance the state’s nine current Health Equity Zones, as well as add new ones,...
FLU VACCINES are up 10 percent over last year, a good sign for this year's flu season, the R.I. Department of Health reports. / COURTESY CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

RIDOH: Flu shots up 10% this year, vaccine covers predominant strain

PROVIDENCE — The recurring flu virus strain, H1N1, is predominant this flu season, which bodes well for Rhode Island as about 10 percent more...
R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH has received a petition from B&B Consulting to add opioid addiction to the list of conditions that can be treated by medical marijuana. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DHIRAJ SINGH

B&B Consulting asks state to allow medical marijuana as opioid addiction...

WARWICK — B&B Medical Marijuana Evaluation Center/B&B Consulting has petitioned the R.I. Department of Health to add opioid addiction to the list of conditions...
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