Monday, March 25, 2013
A national study released last week ranks Bristol County the best of five counties for a variety of physical, mental and socioeconomic health factors.
Bristol and Warren residents live in the best county in Rhode Island for their health, according to a study released last week. The study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute ranks Bristol County first out of the state’s five counties for a range of factors that influence health. Residents of Bristol County, for instance, rank second for premature deaths, and first for morbidity (poor or fair physical and mental health), clinical care (from physicians, hospitals and dentists), and a variety of socioeconomic factors. The one knock against the region was a fourth-place finish in the physical environment factors, which include percentage of low-income residents who do not have …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Customers called Bristol County Water Authority, mistakenly thinking that the RI Department of Health's boil-water order applied to the local agency.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The Department of Health is asking private well owners to boil their water as a safety precaution.
Thursday, February 14
Due to the excessive snow from the winter storm and the additional rainfall this past Monday, some private wells in Bristol and Warren may have reduced water quality. 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.
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 …